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View Poll Results: Automatic or Manual with granny gear.
Automatic 151 48.40%
Manual with Granny 161 51.60%
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:58 PM
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Auto or Manual

I know this has been asked many times before. This is just for the heck of it. What do you prefer offroad an Automatic or a manual with a granny gear.
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:03 PM
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Auto. Need one hand free for cig or camera

really it depends what kind of offroading. I like my stick truck for clumping around dirt and sagebrush. I love the auto in the cherk for ascending and descending mountains.

If only FSJs came with TipTronic trannys...
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:05 PM
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I've always preferred auto.
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:20 PM
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I voted manual but autos are nice sometimes too. I enjoyed my TJ with a 5 speed off-road but it would get a little annoying at times on long rides. I like the auto for city traffic and light offroad duty.
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Old 01-18-2008, 04:05 PM
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when you running down trial its nice to have an auto also people wont see you stalling even hill
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Old 01-18-2008, 04:09 PM
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Manual hands down. I got a cup holder for my beer.
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Originally Posted by welchct
There are about 5 trails that actualy have section that are upwards of 85* and climb 40-50 feet at this deg.

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Old 01-18-2008, 04:10 PM
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Automatics are for little girls and housewifes!
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Old 01-18-2008, 04:41 PM
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i've always wheeled with an auto, but i never liked how i didn't have as much control of the vehicle even though i'd always keep it in 1st gear. so i've gone with a manual that has a nice deep granny gear. hopefully i won't regret it.

i'm not sure what my final crawl will be but it would be nice to have it low enough that i can drop the clutch and have it idle forward. then you never have to worry about stalling.

if i was only a mudding guy i'd have stuck with an auto for sure.

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Old 01-18-2008, 06:48 PM
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I've got both and I prefer the auto. Less to deal with constantly, and sometimes is nice to have both hands on the wheel, or my drink (a full one will spill in the cupholder at angles)
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by addicted
Automatics are for little girls and housewifes!
Hmm at 6'3' 325LBs I ain't no little girl or housewife in anybodies immagination! Crom is getting a 727 with reverse manual valve body before Ouray.
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by rockjeep44
Manual hands down. I got a cup holder for my beer.
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:01 PM
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Its personal preference. But I *REALLY* prefer a manual for the terrain that we have around here. Lots of steep trails. And with a manual, I never have to relly on my brakes for decending, and I can just creep up a hill at a nice low rpm is required. And I can choose any gear and have it just stay in that gear. Plus, practically zero drive drain power loss (you get 20-25% with an auto). Oh yeah, and no overheating issues :P Oh, and water.. no problem.

But if I was doing sand or mud, it would be an auto for sure.
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:50 PM
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terrain doesn't matter to me, i'd rather have a manual than an auto. but since the little lady goes with me, i have an auto..... for now.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:30 PM
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i like auto for rock crawling. I’ve never had to use my brakes to descend. in compound low im usually in second as first takes me too slow.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:50 PM
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T18 hands down, in 1st/low range I can get out and walk faster than it moves. Never had a problem with hills,etc., and usually towing a 6x12 flatbed trailer up and down some steep hills.
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Gambler68
I love the auto in the cherk for ascending and descending mountains.

Thats a new one... Those are generally two of the biggest reasons that poeple prefer a stick...

Anyway, for me, no matter the terrain, I prefer a stick!!
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Old 01-19-2008, 12:58 AM
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Manual all the way. Everything I own right now has a 4 speed in it.
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:35 AM
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manual is the way to go

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Old 01-19-2008, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by YJ_Wookie
manual is the way to go

Shut up Chris, you always say how much you hate your 5sp off road
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