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Thread: First day with iRacing and I'm just about done with iRacing

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    Default First day with iRacing and I'm just about done with iRacing

    I have never had a worse sim experience than using the H-shifter with this Mazda RX-5. I've driven many real world vehicles over the years, some with very worn gearboxes and some (trucks) with no synchros at all...

    ...which is more than I can say for whoever wrote this shifter code. They have the timings exactly bass-ackwards. Get this: You can downshift with just a lift...and no clutch...and go direct from near redline in fourth into first (when of course you meant to engage third)...and it still engages EVERY TIME. It'll probably blow the engine, and if it doesn't it'll certainly snatch the back end up tight, yanking you off the track...but it shouldn't go IN at all without real grinding. That's why you have to match revs and blip.

    But what you CAN'T do reliably is what we do every week or so in MNRL, reach redline, lift briefly to disengage the dogs, and shift straight into the next gear without issue before coming back on the throttle. That's the whole idea behind short throw gearboxes, but even a basic, unhurried lift and shift and you'll get a box full of neutrals. Doesn't matter then if you dip the clutch and wait, because it'll just keep grinding along. I know this because I just (once again!) dipped the clutch (full out), shifted back into neutral, then forward again into the gear I "missed"...and it repeats itself. Seven times in a row just then coming out of the last corner at Laguna.

    You couldn't sell anyone a beat up forty year old truck with a gearbox this lame, let alone a sports car.

    [Rant continues, but only between my ears....]

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    Chris, I am not sure if you are having a problem or not or what your shifter configuration is. But I use a TH8 Shifter with iRacing and the Miata and have used it with H-Pattern and found it to be fine. I always have to make the translation in my mind with every sim to real life, as it's just never fully like the real car. Especially when it comes to clutch in all the sims (in my opinion). But that said, I will say the MX-5 car seems very true to form and accurate to me in iRacing. And I own 2 of them and race regularly on the track and Autocross. Hang in there, get your license up and continue working on your controllers to get things fine tuned. You aren't going to have iRacing mastered in 24 hours. It's a deep sim. Also . comparing it to rFactor is comparing apples to oranges. they are very different. you may determine iRacing isn't for you.

    I hope things get better for you.

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    you might also post in the hardware section at iRacing your hardware (shifter, etc) and see what settings other guys are finding to be best for it ... I've found their hardware forums to be pretty useful.
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    The Mustang FR500S used to frustrate me in racing as well; you just have to be patient and learn the shift model... Don't get me started about pre-selection!

    In the cars that actually use dog boxes in iRacing (both vintage Lotus F1 cars, and the GTP Nissan, possibly more can't remember) the transmission model works great. It's just the lower spec cars things get a bit strange.

    I found what works best for me is to short the calibrate the clutch, i.e. 50% pedal travel equals a 100% input on the sim.

    Then eventually, all the cars are sequential with throttle cut on upshifts or full on flappy paddle.
    Jason Lundy
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