Originally Posted by jgh64pkup
do you have to push in the clutch to shift or do you just try to hit the right rpms and hope it doesnt blow apart
Since you are asking about V gates, I'll assume you are talking about hot rodding. The shifter only moves things around in the transmission. The transmission is what dictates if it can be shifted or not without using the clutch. Jerico builds a race transmission that can be shifted clutchless and so do others but if you try to shift a normal transmission just by doing a quick lift of the throttle and banging a gear, you will most likely cause damage. A V-gate shifter only makes it easier to shift by being spring loaded and having a straight line shift pattern. There are also good and bad H pattern shifters. No matter if have a trans that can be shifted with or without a clutch, a good shifter is important. That being said, you can shift just about any standard trans without using a clutch but you had better not be trying to race that way. I've had a couple of cars that the linkage fell apart and had to get home with it like that. You gotta know what to do and be gentle with it....