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Shifting a 2nd Gen 5 speed is like sticking spoon in a bowl of pudding...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by goldnrod24, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Jan 12, 2019 at 6:34 PM
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    goldnrod24

    goldnrod24 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I selected a 5 speed for my new truck, a 2014 RC 4 cylinder. While I am happy with my decision, working that shifter is like stirring chocolate pudding in a bowl.

    Granted, my reference point is a '95 Trans Am 6-speed with a Hurst shifter. But still...

    Combined with a clutch that doesn't grab until the pedal is 90% released, it's not especially a pleasant experience.

    Your thoughts and experiences?1383932610779.jpg
     
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  2. Jan 12, 2019 at 6:36 PM
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    Pigpen

    Pigpen My truck is never clean

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    It's a truck.

    I like my man trans Taco. It's way sportier than the one ton trucks and Freightliner I used to drive.
     
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  3. Jan 12, 2019 at 6:40 PM
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    dipstiktaco

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    Thank yourself you didn't get a v6 6spd ghey make the 5spds seems like a s2000 shifter
     
  4. Jan 12, 2019 at 6:42 PM
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    Pigpen

    Pigpen My truck is never clean

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    Love my v6
     
  5. Jan 12, 2019 at 6:43 PM
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    Engine yes, trans no no
     
  6. Jan 12, 2019 at 6:45 PM
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    Pigpen

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    yes yes, so much yes

    Except the tall first and reverse gears, but we cant blame the tranny for the gear box's faults.
     
  7. Jan 12, 2019 at 6:45 PM
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    You can't blame the tranny for the gearbox faults......?
     
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  8. Jan 12, 2019 at 6:48 PM
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  9. Jan 12, 2019 at 7:07 PM
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  10. Jan 12, 2019 at 7:12 PM
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    sorry for wasting your time
     
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  11. Jan 12, 2019 at 7:14 PM
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    I think the shifter has a rubber peice to stop it from rattling as much if you lug the motor or something. Maybe get an aftermarket shifter without that and itll be tighter. It probably wont be like your trans am since both vehicles were built for much diffrent uses and to diffrent price points.
     
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  12. Jan 12, 2019 at 7:17 PM
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    It's a giant list of links to different transmission problems and answers to them. You should be able to find a solution to your problem in there.
     
  13. Jan 12, 2019 at 7:29 PM
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    I have a 2007 4 cyl 5 spd, and I really don't know what you're talking about. Chocolate pudding? WTF?
     
  14. Jan 13, 2019 at 12:53 AM
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    Perhaps the truck is do for a trans oil change. Redline MT-90 is the preferred gear oil for our transmissions by many TW members.
     
  15. Jan 13, 2019 at 7:48 AM
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  16. Jan 13, 2019 at 8:03 AM
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    No problem shifting mine and don't know what you mean - stirring chocolate pudding???? - after all it is a truck not a car and you get used to the clutch releasing at the end of travel - all Tacoma's with hydraulic clutches seem to do this. You could possibly adjust your clutch pedal so that it has more free play and so releases at halfway mark but it may mean clutch not disengaging as fully when depressed.
     
  17. Jan 13, 2019 at 8:32 AM
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    nd4spdbh

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    do the 5speeds have an accumulator ? removal of this could make pedal feel better.
     
  18. Jan 13, 2019 at 9:34 AM
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    Happy with my 2012 2.7 MT. My previous MTs were a 2000 f150 and a 99 subaru legacy.

    Shifts well and the 4banger does fine for me and my daily mountain commute to and from work.
     
  19. Jan 13, 2019 at 9:39 AM
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    bluezzy

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    mine is buttery smooth in all gears and clutch works perfectly as well. I wonder if its the lube you happen to have in yours.
     
  20. Jan 13, 2019 at 10:19 AM
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    Nice write up!
    I will be using this once it warms up here.
    Thank you!
     

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