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Old 05-14-2010, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Manual or automatic transmission

New to off road. Want to purchase jeep wrangler 4x. Need to hear opinions about manual verses auto transmission.

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Old 05-16-2010, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One requires you to change gears and the other does it for you.
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autos are for faggots and amputies, sticks are for thoes that like to handle knobs.

which one are you?
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I would say really, it just comes down to what you are more comfortable with. An auto will still get you there but you need to learn to properly use it. You may still need to shift it from time to time in order to keep the gearing you need to go where you want in stead of just putting it in drive and going. It depends alot also on where you will be going. I read an article many years ago where they used 2 identical jeeps except one was Manual, one was Auto and they followed each other through the trails, off road, and mild rock crawling. The jist of the article was that if you take care of your transmission, it will take care of you. The newer, more modern auto transmissions aren't as fragile as they used to be. You can pretty much do with a stock Auto, what you can with a Stock Manual.

I don't do any major off roading but I have a Manual 92 Bronco and an Auto 08 Ram Megacab. I go both places no matter which vehicle I'm in. With the Ram, I can concentrate on where I am and enjoy the scenery a little more than spending more time keeping the eye on the road/trail ahead so that I make sure I'm in the proper gear as I get to it. Saying that, some times I do catch myself(luckily when no one else is in the Ram) trying to hit the clutch and grab for the gear shift when going down the road. I do love my manual Bronco. I feel more part of the driving experience when I'm actually operating it instead of just driving it.

You just have to decide what is the best fit for you.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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autos are for faggots and amputies, sticks are for thoes that like to handle knobs.

which one are you?
I wheel an auto and the wife wheels a stick! She does like to handle knobs but I have all my limbs and love pussy so I'm not sure how that equates!

Seriously though RNIrvin, it all depends on the rig setup and what your trying to accomplish with your setup based on your needs and wheeling habits. So what are your goals for wheeling and experience may help guide you or at least those who like to. LOL! Both stick and auto have pros and cons.

2000 and up before they went to the 6 speed used a NV3550 which has a nice 4.01 1st gear which is nice for crawling. Rubicon's with the 4:1 Tcase, 4.10 diff and lockers are a nice start to get a more capable rig quicker.

If your love the extreme rock crawling and ultimately want a V8.... a nicely built TH350 auto with a throttle body shifter will help ease the R to 1st gear shifts to better your chances out of hairy situation like rolls and flops.

So it all depends. A little more about your goals my help. I'm guessing your a newbie or new to wheeling with the question though. Don't let the hard core folks around here scare you off. LOL!

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