How to shift a 18 spd correctly

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Coffey, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. Michael 247

    Michael 247 Medium Load Member

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    Using the clutch to split gears helps me make smooth shifts..Just 1 push of the clutch Not Double Clutch..I dont always use the Clutch usually just on hills..
     
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  3. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

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    Shifts the same as a 8/9 speed, you can just split the gears in half, usually only done on the top side and even then just 7 and 8 unless you are off road or in traffic or such

    1 direct, 3 direct, 4th over, 5 over, 6 over, 7 direct, 7 over, 8 direct, 8 over

    you really don’t even need to touch the clutch with the newer rtlos, the old rt/o series you would to make it easier on the trans or you could pull it out of gear and put it back in
     
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  4. Truckermania

    Truckermania Road Train Member

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    This! Once you get this down it won't matter how many gears you have. It is all the same concept. That said, my favorite is 13 speed and 18 speed which I drive exactly the same since I rarely split the lower gears on an 18 speed.
     
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  5. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

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    I don’t split them but the splitter does come in handy when skipping gears in the basement, once you get the hang of it.

    I shift a gear and a half usually
     
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  6. cjb logistics

    cjb logistics Heavy Load Member

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    Dang man I'll put my truck with you, impressive house to shift in basement:)
     
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  7. Coffey

    Coffey Medium Load Member

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    Got a about a week in with it I found the easiest way to spilt for me right now is something like this 7L-7H-8H then hurry put it in low then back to high when I get higher Rpms

    Been trying to make a Smooth shift from 7H to 8L just doesn't seem to go in easy feels like I got to first let the rpms drop then rev them to where it should be to get it to go in smooth
     
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  8. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    It's possible that's because the timing of the shift is going to be different.

    If you shift from 7 High to 8 low you're only shifting half a gear. You're going to drop less RPMs as you make the shift.

    So the timing of your shift has to be faster.
     
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