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Old 07-14-2005, 04:51 PM   #1
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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Sandown NH
2005 Baja
Garnet Red

Default Hill Climbing, non turbo, 5spd manual

Anyone have any tips for getting up steep hills in a manual transmission Baja?

I had a little trouble getting up one a few weekends ago. No slipping of the tires, just not enough speed to hold the RPMs up in the torque/hp ranges needed for the slow speed attempts... I was able to get up the hill by slipping the clutch (too much IMO), but it wasn't fun.

I was able to get up the same hill a few times successfully, but I was moving at a higher speed than the first time. Low speeds were preferable due to the recent installation of drainage ditches heading up the hill to reduce washout.

Any suggestions would be great!
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Old 07-14-2005, 05:50 PM   #2
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2003 Baja


For real slow off-road hill climbs, my only suggestion is a Jeep. I needed to climb a steep two-track driveway and had the same problem. The Baja just isn't geared for real four wheeling. So no more offroad crawling for me, until I buy another Jeep.
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Old 07-14-2005, 11:02 PM   #3
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2003 Baja 5MT
Yellow w/ 220,000 miles


yeah 1st gear is too tall, you either have to go faster or slip the clutch. I have gotte up some pretty steep hills in the Baja with some fineese. Its all about skillz!
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Old 07-15-2005, 06:26 PM   #4
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Drive Fast3r!


lol, seriously though, you might want to consider practicing more on those hills so you get a knowing of when and what time to shift at a certain rpm.
Thats what I would do if I got stick (and boy I wish I did)

EDIT: Maybe consider some performance parts like a cold air intake, and exhaust to free up some ponies

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Old 07-15-2005, 09:22 PM   #5
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Monterey Silver


Try backing a trailer up a hill, oh the smell of a burning clutch. I traded my non-turbo 5 speed in for a turbo with the auto stick. Life is good.
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