First manual transmission

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  1. HEMI CAT

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    This will be my first car with a manual transmission, drove one a time or two in the late 70's any suggestions.
     
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    Yup... REV AND DUMP!!!!
     
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    fnkychkn swollen member Gold Supporting Member

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    buy an old beater import and practice. lol
     
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    Very smooth shifting tranny. Modified Viper unit as I understand it. You shouldn't have any issues. Enjoy!
     
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    That's what I've heard, thanks
     
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    1. Clutch in and feel the gear before you let out .
    2. Take it easy for your first few weeks/months
    3. Find the gear first !!!
    4. Learn the car in a deserted area before you hammer it in public.

    Have fun !
     
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    Like riding a bike you will be fine. Listen to what mowe said.
     
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    Nutshell Senior Hellcat Member

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    Go rent one for a day.
     
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    BIG DAWG Hellcat, 1st Florida Cavalry Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC National Exec. Director HCC Charter Member

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    Truth be known, I stalled mine twice the first few traffic lights...poop happens. It had been a while for me, too. Once you get your "feel" back and the car responds you'll chuckle over even worrying about it. Remember, you made the choice to potentially stall in a Hellcat...imagine how it would suck if you'd chosen a Prius...and stalled...
     
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    The Challenger's manual tranny is a very smooth shifting unit. Much better then the current Mustang. You'll have no problem after a few driving sessions!
     
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    Good choice! Had an M6 in my last Challenger SRT8 and loved throwing gears so much I got one in my Hellcat. Don't be afraid to wind it out a bit. The few people I've let drive mine have been a bit timid and shifted around 2k and lugged the engine. Wind it out closer to 3k in normal driving. The engine likes to spin a little and breath.

    Learn at what mph each gear hits the rev limiter. Mine will go 88 mph in 2nd. Down shifting to 2nd at 70 mph is a kick but be ready to go right to 3rd because your engine will spin fast at that speed. Oh, and make sure you're pointed straight when you do that or you might end up facing backwards.

    Also, the Hellcat is better than my SRT8 was if you shift by sound when being aggressive. I used to bounce off the rev limiter frequently if I didn't pay close attention. The supercharger whine helps me to hear better when I'm nearing the limiter but I've still bumped it a few times. Go to the SRT screen and activate the shift light. You'll be able to set the light separately in each gear. The gauge cluster lights up red when it's time to shift.

    And, most important of all, have fun!!!
     
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    As a novice with a manual transmission first gear is a buger. That being said I wouldn't trade it for A8. She is blast to drive.
     
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    CYCLER SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member HCC Club Member

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    Inexpensive -Speedlogix has them
    I would say ESSENTIAL for novice
    manual drivers -irritating enough if you've been driving stick for 25 yrs
    (or maybe more so)

    As above,, hill start assist an asset if you're inexperienced -I I believe it's
    "ON" by default but you may want to occasionally turn it off to practice without it
     
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    I will look into that, thanks for the advice.
     
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    when i was 19 i bought a brand new 5.0 w/ a manual...never drove one before...part of the deal was the salesman was to show me how to drive it after i bought it....i struggled just to get home that night(killed it over and over)

    not easy learning stick on a powerful car....better to learn on a 150hp civic

    it wasnt easy for me back when i was 19......took a while.....i think you may be in for a difficult time...but once you learn it will be tons of fun....hill assist in todays manuals will help you a ton...didnt have that back in 1990 when i learned.....youve got balls to buy a car you cant drive yet....i admire it!
    i remember learning how to drive a motorcycle at age 21...taught myself....i killed it so much the battery would die...had to learn how to start it from a roll and pop the clutch or be stranded...eventually i learned after a week or messing around and never killed it again
     

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