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post #1 of 28 Old 10-09-2012, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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I just put a deposit on the truck in my sig. Got it for 12,900. When my father test drove it, he started out in third gear but didnt stall it lol. I am 19 and have never owned a stick shift vehicle before but I drive my friends 5 speed Nissan altima with no problem. I am picking the truck up next weekend. What advice can you guys give me on driving, and maintaining a zf6 6.0? Thanks in advance

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I heard that both trannys in these trucks are pretty bulletproof. Just do regular flushes and what not. BTW nice truck I would love a single cab diesel manual FX4 truck. I bet that was hard to find.
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Im just asking for advice on the transmission, not the engine

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its a hard tranny to hurt your weakpoint is the clutch. other than that change your tranny fluid once a year and drive it smooth and it will prove itself


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Whats wrong with the clutch? Also what is the best way to shift? Clutch to the floor every time i shift? And when going from gear to gear, should i throw it directly into the next gear, or a slight pause in neutral, followed by going into next gear? And when taking off in 2nd gear, is it necessary to give it some throttle while letting the clutch out? Or can i just let the clutch out (no throttle) and it wont stall? Thanks

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Whats wrong with the clutch? Also what is the best way to shift? Clutch to the floor every time i shift? And when going from gear to gear, should i throw it directly into the next gear, or a slight pause in neutral, followed by going into next gear? And when taking off in 2nd gear, is it necessary to give it some throttle while letting the clutch out? Or can i just let the clutch out (no throttle) and it wont stall? Thanks
Nothing, it will just need to be replaced at some point. It's not exactly the same but on mine I don't think I quite get it all the way to the floor but close. Directly into gear but remember its not a sports car. For the last question you're just gonna have to get a feel for it. I can let mine out in 2nd no problem but I give it a little throttle.

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You ever ridden a dirtbike? If so compare it to that all you do is release clutch slowly until it grabs and take off. Shift it smoothly if your grinding gears your not putting the clutch far enough in. Just drive it how it feels natural to you. Sorry it's really hard to explain its something you feel more when driving than actually explaining it online.....If you know what I mean, you'll figure it out regardless I mean it is pretty straight forward. Another thing to is if you hear the motor winding up And the truck is only creeping forward make sure the clutch is all the way out before accelerating. Hope this helps


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Shifting will just be a period of learning. Watch your RPMs. They are key when shifting.

As for the clutch, they seem to be pretty good. Here is a post from a person working on his truck, shows his clutch with 582,000 miles on it. He hauls for a living. Looks pretty darn good with that many miles. Of course, he has been shifting for some time!!!!

Engine removal pics - Page 5 - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

Scroll down for a look at the clutch plate.
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You ever ridden a dirtbike? If so compare it to that all you do is release clutch slowly until it grabs and take off. Shift it smoothly if your grinding gears your not putting the clutch far enough in. Just drive it how it feels natural to you. Sorry it's really hard to explain its something you feel more when driving than actually explaining it online.....If you know what I mean, you'll figure it out regardless I mean it is pretty straight forward. Another thing to is if you hear the motor winding up And the truck is only creeping forward make sure the clutch is all the way out before accelerating. Hope this helps
Yeah man i have been riding motocross bikes my whole life i have a 2005 KX250 2 stroke. I get what your saying. Im just new to driving manual cars and trucks and am just interested in on thoughts and tips about the zf6

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