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Old 02-26-2003, 09:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Really Dumn newby ? (Dodge)

Ok, I have a chance to get an '89 Dodge for the best price i can think of. FREE!!! And it runs!!! I want to turn it into a 4X4 fun machine. It needs a new fron U joint and a windshield, but other than that, it's a runner. My worry is that it has a clutch not an auto, and as a beginer to the 4 wheel world, I want to know how hard this will make things for me. I can drive a 6 speed just fine on the streets, but dirt is another story. I've never done it. Any advice on driving this beast would be much apreciated. Also tips on how I can learn some of the skills I will need are welcomed.

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You can wheel in anything with wheels...really, if you learn to drive a stick - fullsize, then in a couple years when you can afford to step into a trail-rig, you can drive ANYTHING cause you've learned to drive in a harder situation.
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Old 02-27-2003, 04:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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the most important thing when doing any wheeling is to take your time. If you get in a jam, try to slow down and think things through.

If you know how to drive a manual transmission, then you're almost all the way there. all you need to do is to fine tune some petal skills

when my girlfriend first started learning to wheel, she would panic and eiither drop the clutch or nail the brake/gass petals. It turned into several predicaments. So i rigged up a hand throtle out of parts from a lawn mower. This allows you to set the idle where ever you want and it will remain constant (i cranked it to 1800rpm usually). Now all she had to worry about was the brake and clutch. With one less thing to worry about, she was able to concentrate more. AND MAN WAS IT SMOOTHER, MY NECK WAS TAKING A BEATING.

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Old 02-27-2003, 06:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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and as a new wheeler - DON'T RIDE THE CLUTCH

just pick a gear (99% of the time it'll be first) and stick to it over the obsticle... no need for the clutch
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Old 03-18-2003, 10:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Cool So then....

SO then...When i bought an '89 Jeep Cherokee instead. It cost me $1800, but its in good shape. It's still a 5 speed thouigh, so I can still use the advice! Thanks all!
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Old 03-18-2003, 10:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Definitely get a hand throttle. Make one yourself from a bicycle gear selector and cable. Be easy on the clutch. HAVE FUN!
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Old 03-19-2003, 07:59 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Definitely get a hand throttle. Make one yourself from a bicycle gear selector and cable. Be easy on the clutch. HAVE FUN!
Why not just get gears for it Welcome newbie
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Why not just get gears for it Welcome newbie
or learn to drive. Still never learned what the damn hand throttles are for.... unless its a rig with on board welder.
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Old 03-25-2003, 01:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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personally I have never owned due to my choice an auto tran. I think that they are only good for one thing and that is traffic congestion. You will find more performance, control, and enjoyment out of the manual. like the guys said also just take your foot off the clutch and keep the thing going and you should not have to worry about any stall situations. For me also when I only had a rear wheel drive pick up I would rock the thing when I was trying to get un stuck and you can do that a lot safer faster and effectivly with a manual. Honestly manual is the only way to go.
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Don't forget to use low range in the tough stuff, or you run the risk of nuking the clutch. Ask Hef how that works!

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I have SM465 (4 speed for the newbs), and it's easy as hell. It makes it alot easier to do just about everything.
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Don't forget to use low range in the tough stuff, or you run the risk of nuking the clutch. Ask Hef how that works!



poor guy, you think he will ever live that down?







probably not...
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Old 03-27-2003, 06:57 PM   #15 (permalink)
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no problem with a stick here works fine just got to make sure if your bell has a hole to check clutch wear it's covered so mud don't get in there & be carefull to to crystalize the clutch when you get it wet
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Old 03-27-2003, 09:38 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Get it. Wheel it. LEARN! Thats how everyone else started

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