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Old 06-26-2011, 09:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dumb question for tilted UK

How are the gears laid out on a manual transmission? I assume it's the same as everywhere else in that 1st gear is left and up, etc.

Equally silly question: The gas is still on the right foot and the clutch on the left, yes?
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What I remember from driving in Singapore it is the same gear tree and the pedals are the same. You just have to use your left hand for shifting instead of your right and hang your right arm out the window instead of your left.

Also, remember when driving that you keep your side (drivers side) closest to the middle line. My father kept worrying about hitting the passenger side all the time and thus he ended up curbing the car all the time.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I spent 6 weeks in New Zealand driving a manual. The pedals and shifter are exactly the same. The only real issues for me were traffic circles and one lane bridges.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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They would be the same. No reason for manufacturers to waste money making separate LHD and RHD transmissions.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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They would be the same. No reason for manufacturers to waste money making separate LHD and RHD transmissions.
C'mon, I'd say it is just as logical as having the fucking steering wheel on the opposite side of the vehicle.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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C'mon, I'd say it is just as logical as having the fucking steering wheel on the opposite side of the vehicle.
opposite?.. i thought you guys that were opposite not us...
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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There is no fixed pattern.

My car has

R__1__3__5

(( neutral ))

___2__4

but my work vehicle has

1__3__5

((neutral ))

2__4__6__R

The pedals always go clutch/brake/accelerator
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Like Daniel, I've seen reverse up next to first and down 'below' fifth.

Usually, if reverse is 'up', you also have to push the gear lever down (towards the ground) to engage reverse - it makes it almost impossible to accidentally engage reverse.

Reverse next to first was quite common in older 4 speed gearboxes.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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How about the old 3 speed column shifter on the ancient Ford Bronco? Another delicious treat.
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
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sometimes Reverse is on the left side of first, sometimes in the bottom right, but broadly the rest is the same.

135
N
24R

or
R135
N
24

Some motors have a sixth gear which is opposite 5 if it exists.
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:59 AM   #11 (permalink)
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My '85 F150 has the 'best' shifter for anybody unfortunate enough to sit in the middle. The shifter gets jammed in your lap for reverse.
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