Mashuu Jan 23, 2013 @ 11:06am
Proper Sequential shifting
So, when and how to shift? I find myself stalling sometimes. Not sure if it is because I am not giving enough gas on my controller or what. Sometimes I lose speed as well.

So I am curious, when is the proper time to shift? When should you down shift inside cities when stopped at lights?
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kenright Jan 23, 2013 @ 11:51am 
When you're getting towards the edge of the green area in your tachometer. It took a while for me to figure it out to, but if you look at the truck descriptions, it shows you that max torque is between ~1000 to ~1500 RPM.

As for downshifting, don't overdownshift (e.g. go from 10th to 5th while going 50km/h), and downshift when the tachometer shows you at the low end of max torque. Usually you're stopping so quickly (lol physics) that you can just wait to downshiftt until you're stopped. Basic gist of it: you want to keep your engine in the green zone, so shift up when you're towards 1500 and shift down when you're towards 1000. This means you shift a LOT in the low speeds, and quickly too, which in all reality is fairly realistic. Real trucks go through like four gears when at a stoplight over the course of a few seconds.
Mashuu Jan 23, 2013 @ 11:57am 
Well this sucks. I see two "green" areas. I am color blind....so I suppose I will have to go by the RPM numbers (i will take another look at the meters later today)

I usually shift when I notice my RPMs are higher and leveling out.
Shinmei Jan 23, 2013 @ 2:24pm 
Don't need to go one by one with the gearbox guys. You can start moving at 4th gear (as a real truck would do) without any problems. With non heavy cargo, you can upshift +2 gears (4-6-8-10-12).In long downhills use the motorbrake (in the game is like a toy, the real thing has several points of brake force and you can use it combined with the brake pedal, etc...).
Sorry for my engrish :)
Mashuu Jan 23, 2013 @ 2:44pm 
Your english is fine. So what you are saying is that I dont need to shift all the way down to 1st when stopped at a red light?
PictoKong Jan 23, 2013 @ 2:52pm 
4th gear is more than enough power, and the time you spend shifting at the start and not accelerating makes it wothwhile
Keyboard Cat Jan 23, 2013 @ 3:43pm 
Originally posted by Mashuu:
Well this sucks. I see two "green" areas. I am color blind....so I suppose I will have to go by the RPM numbers (i will take another look at the meters later today)

I usually shift when I notice my RPMs are higher and leveling out.

The green areas are rarely accurate once you upgrade the engine anyway. There's numbers and notches, these are much more accurate.

Most trucks are usually in the 900-1.4k or 1k-1.5k range on the torque band. You can see exactly what your truck's torque band is by viewing the details of it. I think the diagnostics page also lists the torque band but I'm not sure off the top of my head.

I'd also recommend starting in second with the first tier trucks if you're towing something. There's a lot of what resembles turbo lag if you start in 4th gear with the smaller engines that makes low speed maneuvering in towns difficult. 4th gear to start is fine once you've moved into a second tier truck.
Last edited by Keyboard Cat; Jan 23, 2013 @ 3:46pm
confushon Mar 22, 2013 @ 8:45pm 
Good Information!!! Thank you to all of you.
theFaceFistingCyborg Mar 23, 2013 @ 1:06am 
All above plus listen to the engine, it will tell you when to shift up.
Nono54Fr Mar 23, 2013 @ 3:31am 
In the older 18WoS like Extreme Trucker 1 & 2, when your engine RPM was too low or too high, you had heavy black smoke coming out of the exhaust pipes. Is it still there in ETS 2 ? Since the exhaust pipes are optional, i think not.
[GNCY] Root Beer Aug 20, 2013 @ 4:07am 
Is transmission with a steering wheel realistic (ie. Stalling if you don't use the clutch right or changing at the wrong time?)
John Mamakis Aug 20, 2013 @ 4:41am 
Originally posted by ragekinggreg10:
Is transmission with a steering wheel realistic (ie. Stalling if you don't use the clutch right or changing at the wrong time?)
Yes you can stall your truck , or the gears don't engage if you don't use the clutch at tjhe rght time , starting a truck in an uphill road is very difficult sometimes espesialy with tsm map where the uphill roads are killing all of your speed
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