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    Default Standard >< Auto while offroad

    Hey everyone,
    I am in the market for a second Jeep and I am finding more Standard transmission Jeeps then auto. Currently I have an auto and that is what I have been looking for.

    I am looking for opinions on the diffence while offroading?

    I can and have driven Standard Trans, but enjoy the lazyness of an auto.

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    i prefer the control of a manual, BUT with the normal abuse i give my vehicles the 999 and 32rh have held up tons better than the 3550/ax15's that ive ran. the only trans i could keep together behind my turbo stroker was a 32rh.

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    i have no problems at all with my nsg370 its a very strong tranny and i love rowing through gears and on the trail i just put it in first and let her iddle over everything
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    For what it is worth, I had a standard CJ7 when stationed in New Mexico and wheeled the mountains around Alamogordo. There were a couple of times that I wished that I had an automatic, trying to hold the brake and clutch at the same time when taking off on a steep uphill grade gets dicey. That said, I would still like to have a standard again because I like shifting and do not wheel very much because of wqhere I live.
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    I try to stay off the really big rocks, but I've had a lot of fun with a manual off road. For mountain DDing it gives a lot more control on the descent end of things, too. Going uphill I don't really care either way, but coming down I'll go with the manual.
    Keep it slow. I can't afford spare parts.

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    Hand throttle will completely eliminate the trouble of a Manuel on uphill takeoffs! I have had both and love my Auto on the tight trail in Ky.

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    I'm a purist and a "gear" head. Jeeps and Corvettes must have manual transmissions. I have been rowing my own since I could drive and living in a mountain state, I love the downhill control a MT can afford. One of my buddies on this forum is talking nonsense that after he gets back from his current desert TCS, he'll autofy his Jeep. I calmly told him that if everybody could rock crawl (that's what we do here in Colorado) with a MT, then it couldn't be called a skill. My current ride has the NSG370 6 speed and I love it: deep first gear crawl ratio and close ratios between the other gears allow me to pick the right one in every situation. I would allow that if you were building an extreme buggy, then an AT would probably be the way to go. Otherwise, go with the 3 pedal setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoFreeJeeper View Post
    I'm a purist and a "gear" head. Jeeps and Corvettes must have manual transmissions. I have been rowing my own since I could drive and living in a mountain state, I love the downhill control a MT can afford. One of my buddies on this forum is talking nonsense that after he gets back from his current desert TCS, he'll autofy his Jeep. I calmly told him that if everybody could rock crawl (that's what we do here in Colorado) with a MT, then it couldn't be called a skill. My current ride has the NSG370 6 speed and I love it: deep first gear crawl ratio and close ratios between the other gears allow me to pick the right one in every situation. I would allow that if you were building an extreme buggy, then an AT would probably be the way to go. Otherwise, go with the 3 pedal setup.

    have you ever driven a vehicle with a built TH350? manual hold on 1/2, reverse-manual valve body, manual lock up TC. i think its a helluva lot more fun than a manual when if comes to playing. when you start tripping it going into 2nd with an auto you know youve got something special...

    *edit* with my last ls2/th400 it would overdrive the brakes with it in 4L. if i left the diffs unlocked it would sit and spin one front and one rear tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoFreeJeeper View Post
    I'm a purist and a "gear" head. Jeeps and Corvettes must have manual transmissions. I have been rowing my own since I could drive and living in a mountain state, I love the downhill control a MT can afford. One of my buddies on this forum is talking nonsense that after he gets back from his current desert TCS, he'll autofy his Jeep. I calmly told him that if everybody could rock crawl (that's what we do here in Colorado) with a MT, then it couldn't be called a skill. My current ride has the NSG370 6 speed and I love it: deep first gear crawl ratio and close ratios between the other gears allow me to pick the right one in every situation. I would allow that if you were building an extreme buggy, then an AT would probably be the way to go. Otherwise, go with the 3 pedal setup.
    Yeah yeah yeah Jason......you got me. Yes I swapping in a aw4 auto in my YJ when I get back from this trip. I want the auto the fact I would have more contraol on the rocks. Yes it will have it draw backs also, but everything has some pro and its cons!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 91YEEPER View Post
    have you ever driven a vehicle with a built TH350? manual hold on 1/2, reverse-manual valve body, manual lock up TC. i think its a helluva lot more fun than a manual when if comes to playing. when you start tripping it going into 2nd with an auto you know youve got something special...

    *edit* with my last ls2/th400 it would overdrive the brakes with it in 4L. if i left the diffs unlocked it would sit and spin one front and one rear tire.
    Yes, in my drag car I had. When it comes to bracket racing, you can't beat an AT. I had a really built TH350 and a 'Glide because they had a lighter rotating mass than a TH400.

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