post #16 of Old 08-07-2011, 07:23 PM
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Thanks for all your guys help I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the YJ. It's an excellent deal, and the clutch is super easy to do, I'll just have to get to know the whole shifting part. As much as I'll miss my much loved Cherokee, I'm excited to try out, and hopefully enjoy a Wrangler :]
Driving standard isn't as hard as people make it out to be. You'll get used to the shift pattern after the first couple times you take it out.


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post #17 of Old 08-07-2011, 08:30 PM
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x3 with the 4 low.

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-This is "Dre40"'s daughter-

Thanks for all your guys help I'm pretty sure I'm going to get the YJ. It's an excellent deal, and the clutch is super easy to do, I'll just have to get to know the whole shifting part. As much as I'll miss my much loved Cherokee, I'm excited to try out, and hopefully enjoy a Wrangler :]
Getting into gear is just about the hardest part. From there is all about knowing when to come off the gas and push the clutch in, then moving the shifter to the right gear. All I can really say is don't move the shifter until the clutch is all the way in. When you get good, you can start to syncro the gears, or basically shifting without the clutch.

1st and 2nd need to be found by pushing it to the left, and pushing forward for 1st, or pulling back for 2nd. 3rd and 4th gear basically find themselves, just push it or pull it and it generally finds itself. 5th gear you really won't use unless you're cruising on the freeway, and I really only use it on long flat sections or downhill bits.

Don't be afraid to take that engine to 3500rpms either before you shift, they're made to run at that RPM range all day long.

Other than that, definitely learn on a big dirt lot in 4 low- it's gotta be in dirt because of the way the 4WD system works, so the front tires can slip slightly. Try it on concrete and turn hard- you'll see what I mean

The Jeep will only top out around 35mph in 4 low and 5th gear wide open, so you can take things slow enough to learn how the gears work. That's what I did when I first learned. When I moved to the road and into 2 high, everything just came naturally.

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post #18 of Old 08-07-2011, 09:18 PM
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And remember, it won't drive like your Cherokee, this was what happened to my daughter when she wasn't careful with one if mine

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post #19 of Old 08-08-2011, 10:53 AM
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Added plus to having a manual shift is that none of your friends can borrow it.

In my case, my wife....

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post #20 of Old 08-08-2011, 11:44 AM
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Added plus to having a manual shift is that none of your friends can borrow it.

In my case, my wife....
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post #21 of Old 08-08-2011, 11:57 AM
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Tell her a 19 year old guy on your forum learned from his girlfriend in highschool and its easy to learn and she will love it and won't ever wanna go back.....well atleast I don't
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post #22 of Old 08-08-2011, 01:14 PM
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Dre40's daughter~~

Thanks for you help guys. This is actually his daughter, thought it'd be fun to make an account. I appreciate all your guys help like I said earlier. I'm excited to get it, and Ill keep ya posted if/when I do! I think it'll be a great skill to have [driving manual], and you're correct, none of my friends will be able to borrow it, for sure.
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