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Old 06-21-2008, 01:02 AM   #1
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Default Stupid third gear...

What is wrong with the miatas third gear. I was racing someone today, FINALLY SOMEONE TOOK A BITE. I almost had him but I mis shifted from 2nd to fifth because the gear selector kinda hopped over the third gear gate. Even when not gunning it, its sometimes hard to get into third very fast from second.

What gives?

Btw. If your curious, it was an SC430. I had him off the line, started to pull on him in second, tried to short shift into third and fucked up. ****** wouldnt let me catch up to him either, he knew I woulda had his ***.
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hmmm..sounds like a driver problem to me

Just kidding, but I dont know what is up with my trans either. I shift sometimes when in boost and the shifter will just get loose like its come out of the turret.

I really need to look into it.

However, how are the fluids in your turrent/trans as well as the shifter bushing?
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Old 06-21-2008, 01:59 AM   #3
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i feel ya on that... almost lost to a CRX(swapped) because i missed 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th....everytime i start eating him up i hit redline and gotta shift, but when i shift i misshift for a second and i start losing
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I had that issue too. Then I installed a short throw shifter and now I just completely miss third.
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trans and turret has new fluid, dont know the status of the bushing.

Damn, I hate myself still. I coulda had that guy. FUCKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-21-2008, 02:09 AM   #6
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I got 2 words for you:

Learn to ******* drive.
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yeah thats just a little quirk of the miata tranny, nothing wrong with yours. spec miata guys complain about it all the time, I've done it a few times.

its all about how you shift. don't take it out of 2nd and push it over and up into 3rd. put it into 3rd by just pushing up on the back of the stick slowly. it'll pop outta 2nd, move in to the middle by itself and into 3rd. with the gates as close together as they are, if you apply any pressure to the right you're already in 5th.
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no offense, but a lexus sc430 is slow as ****....something like mid 14's at best at like 95ish..(regardless of what magazines say ive seen them run in real life, and brother owned 1)...perhaps its a good thing the race never finished
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yeah thats just a little quirk of the miata tranny, nothing wrong with yours. spec miata guys complain about it all the time, I've done it a few times.

its all about how you shift. don't take it out of 2nd and push it over and up into 3rd. put it into 3rd by just pushing up on the back of the stick slowly. it'll pop outta 2nd, move in to the middle by itself and into 3rd. with the gates as close together as they are, if you apply any pressure to the right you're already in 5th.
Yea its what I usually do, let the shifter do the work. Guess I got a bit over excited. My heart sure was racing.

Oh and 10PSI + fifth gear = 100% slipping clutch..

I think im gonna need a new one sooner then I thought.
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I got 2 words for you:

Learn to ******* drive.
I got four for you:

Learn to ******* count.
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Reservoir Dogs.
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Reservoir Dogs.
That movie was ******* weird.
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i Got 2 Words For You:

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Competition engine mounts helped this problem for my car big time. Comp diff mounts are probably a good idea as well. I almost never miss 3rd anymore since I put the mounts in.
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what mounts did you put it? brand maker?
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I had this same problem when I first got my miata(before boost). Since people cant see my car, they always try to kill me on the freeway, so I think my brain does not get so exited anymore. I only miss shifts when my heart is pounding, and that does not happen very often anymore(due to the people that randomly try to kill me all the time on the freeway).
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Probably 100% user error. Unless your motor and diff mounts are just horrible, you're not making enough power to flex the drivetrain to the point of mis-aligning 3rd.
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Does the 6 speed have this same problem? You could swap them out.
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Push up with your palm, pull down with curled fingers.....

dont grab the shifter like you grab your dick.
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sorry sam.....sounds like you have an extra chromosome.
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