New driver with an R-tronic: tips?


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    New driver with an R-tronic: tips?

    Hello R8'ers. I'm a new owner and new to this forum.

    I just bought an '08 off ebay sight unseen (oh well). Everything seems to be ok, got lucky. My biggest learning curve I think will be the transmission. This halfway automatic, half manual system is a bit challenging to get used to. When in auto mode should I just treat it like an automatic or is there a way to do this more gracefully? I notice the lag in shifting that's been mentioned. Also, the car seems to want to upshift as soon as it hits 2-3k on the RPM. I don't know this for a fact, it just feels like this. And doesn't really like to downshift until you really slow down. No issues in the manual mode but it feels weird shifting without a clutch.

    So, considering I've only driven about 10 miles, can you R-tronic aficionados give me some pointers on the appropriate way to treat this transmission?

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    Re: New driver with an R-tronic: tips?

    R-tronic is effectively manual transmission with paddles so treat it as such.

    Don't use auto mode, always use manual mode and gear change as you would in a manual.
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    Re: New driver with an R-tronic: tips?

    and when you change gear, ease of the throttle.

    don't reverse up a hill if you can help it.

    It's a cracking gearbox, enjoy it.

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    Re: New driver with an R-tronic: tips?

    Firstly get a TCU tune from Vendors on this site, this smooths out and speeds up the changes.
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    Re: New driver with an R-tronic: tips?

    When shifting ease up on the accelerator but don't come completely off, same with downshifting. If you are on the accelerator or brake, the shifts are quick.. if you are just coasting, it is almost as if the gearbox programming gets confused.

    and yes, have it tuned by VF Engineering. Their HEX TCU tune is affordable and does make a difference.

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    Re: New driver with an R-tronic: tips?

    Always put it in N when at a stop light

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    Re: New driver with an R-tronic: tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by ULTIMATEPD View Post
    Always put it in N when at a stop light

    We have the TCU flash loaders in stock
    always put it in natural when stopped?

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    Re: New driver with an R-tronic: tips?

    Extended stop periods.
    Usually more then 20 sec I put it in N, because when at stop and 1st gear engaged and brakes applied the clutch is slipping which increases the wear
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    Re: New driver with an R-tronic: tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by ULTIMATEPD View Post
    Extended stop periods.
    Usually more then 20 sec I put it in N, because when at stop and 1st gear engaged and brakes applied the clutch is slipping which increases the wear
    makes sense, I was assuming when the brake is depressed and at a stop the clutch is disengaged.

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    Re: New driver with an R-tronic: tips?

    Here is everything you need to know about R-tronic and more.

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CL...BsLVURhbfbjShl

    I believe the clutch is disengaged when the car is stationary.

    Quote Originally Posted by NTM09 View Post
    makes sense, I was assuming when the brake is depressed and at a stop the clutch is disengaged.
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