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shifting a 5 and 4


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how to shift?

help. I'm going to buy an old mobile home mover. It has a 5 and 4 in it. I have the basic consept in my head but putting it to use is different. I hear tails that you need to put your left arm thru the wheel in order to shift both sticks at once for the next range. holy crap. I can't find a shift pattern inside the cab. Are there different onces for a 5 and 4? Which stick is what? Or just shut up and drive. Cause I can do that to. How hard can it be?



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Is it a Mack? Then the 5 and 4 are pretty std and nothing fancy. NO, you don't need to shift BOTH at the same time. Save that for after you get the hang of it. Shift the main, then come back and shift the compound.

If it's any other brand, YES, there are different 5 spds. Some are regular 5 spd, some have 5th gear up/over to the left instead of the std position.

Get on Youtube and search quad box or twin stick shifting and you'll see quite a few variations. Something to chew on til you need to do it yourself.

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I grew up on a 5 + 4 Mack Quadruplex. Freightrain is correct about one thing; save the "split-shifting" with 2 hands till you get used to it! But, you don't necessarily shift the MAIN first. UPSHIFT whichever box you need to shift first, then DOWNSHIFT the other. If you try to downshift the main first, for example, you probably won't have enough RPM to do so. And, if you can, there's really no need to split-shift.

I can give you a couple of different patterns to use. There is also a slight difference between an 18-speed and a 20-speed. Since the Hi-Split and 5th geear are both overdrive in the 18, there are a couple of gear combinations which are duplicates, and should be skipped. On the 20, there are no duplicates.

First of all, the LO-LO on the compound is rarely used. In fact, the only time I ever used it, other than for backing, was to get moving in a steep place, and then only with one or two gears.

First Sequence (18-speed box) (this will work for most conditions, and has no split shifting):

LO-SPLIT 1st

LO-SPLIT 2nd

LO-SPLIT 3rd

LO-SPLIT 4th

DIRECT 4th (this is your 1:1 gear)

HI-SPLIT 4th (overdrive)

HI-SPLIT 5th (double overdrive)

Second Sequence (18-speed box) (for heavy loads):

LO-SPLIT 1st

DIRECT 1st

HI-SPLIT 1st

LO-SPLIT 2nd

DIRECT 2nd

HI-SPLIT 2nd

LO-SPLIT 3rd

DIRECT 3rd

HI-SPLIT 3rd

LO-SPLIT 4th

DIRECT 4th

HI-SPLIT 4th

HI-SPLIT 5th

If you need more on the bottom end, start out in LO-LO 1st, go to LO-LO 2nd, then to LO-SPLIT 1st.

On the 20-speed, just split 5th the same as 1st-4th.

The heavy-duty models had the 4-speed compound on the left, and the 5-speed main on the right. Some of the lighter ones had tat reversed.

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