I am still a relatively new driver (3 years) and I am currently driving a 2012 Tacoma 2.7L 5 speed access cab.
I have been driving stick shifts from the beginning. But I have never been able to shift consistently smooth. Whenever I downshift, the truck lurches forward and it has never seemed right to me. Even though I took some lessons, downshifting without adding some gas just feels like it is bad for the truck.
A few days ago, I started doing what I think some of you call a single clutch rev match. I have only been doing it in situations where I need to downshift and then accelerate. Here is how I have been doing it:
1) While moving, I push the clutch in.
2) Select the next lower gear.
3) While still having the clutch to the floor, I gently and slowly push the gas until the engine is at least 500 rpm higher.
4) Then I slowly release the clutch.
Ever since I have started doing this, the ride has felt so much smoother than before. However, I am worried that I may be unintentionally damaging the clutch assembly doing this.
Does rev matching have to be done super fast, or will I be fine with the way I have been doing it?