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Unread 07-13-2009, 08:13 PM   #1
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Wheelin auto or wheelin stick

I have a Standard YJ and wheeled it little to well none. My J-O-B is life right now. So my question is this... What are the upsides and what are the downsides to Wheelin with an Auto trans Vs. a Standard trans.? I already have a few ideas but want to hear from some who do this more than I have and more experience.

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Unread 07-13-2009, 08:17 PM   #2
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I have a Standard YJ and wheeled it little to well none. My J-O-B is life right now. So my question is this... What are the upsides and what are the downsides to Wheelin with an Auto trans Vs. a Standard trans.? I already have a few ideas but want to hear from some who do this more than I have and more experience.

My friend and I went wheeln' and he has a standard and I a auto.
I have heard and experience from more than one person that an Auto is less likly to break ( an axle) do to the nature of the poping of the clutch. But i will gaurentee after my reply that hundreds of post will be made to choose the standard.


Just my opinion and due to the deal I got on my jeep no choice.

my thoughts
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Unread 07-13-2009, 08:18 PM   #3
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Auto: push pedal to floor and go. Slow down. Creep. Go.

Stick: Put in gear and go. Slow down. Clutch. Go. Slow down. Clutch. Go.

No matter. My personal opinion? I love driving it. The woods, the road, through bushes, up hills, into trees, up skyscrapers, in traffic, through the air, back in time.. The stick rocks.
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Unread 07-13-2009, 08:20 PM   #4
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Auto makes it easy, & boring IMO.

Manual gives you another option the auto won't. You can pull the coil wire & use the starter to crawl over something that the engine would cause you to roll on.

It can get tricky wheeling a stick, I only have two feet so I installed a home-brewed line lock on my front brakes.

It (and/or the parking brake) can hold me still while I figure out what to do next.
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Unread 07-13-2009, 08:21 PM   #5
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well, personally i have a 91 yj with the 4 liter and ax 15 (standard) transmission and besides having to rebuild it because of the previous owner who screwed it all up, double clutching and shifting on the fly is a big advantage in my opinion. personally i like having the control. my buddy has an auto 4 liter and personally he cant keep up. Then again in my opinion you dont by a jeep unless its a manual but some like there auto's so there is my two cents
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Unread 07-13-2009, 08:39 PM   #6
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i went auto second time around just for more control offroading, the manual gets a bit tricky and if you don't wheel a lot your foot gets pretty tired after a day in some tight trails
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Unread 07-13-2009, 08:46 PM   #7
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Over the years, I have seen these discussions more times than I can count on forums & discussed them at full length with many, many, friends, fellow wheelers etc.

Kinda reminds me of the tracbar topics that so often come up.

Bottom line = it comes down to personel preference along with the overall build & uses.
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Unread 07-13-2009, 08:48 PM   #8
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Over the years, I have seen these discussions more times than I can count on forums & discussed them at full length with many, many, friends, fellow wheelers etc.

Kinda reminds me of the tracbar topics that so often come up.

Bottom line = it comes down to personel preference along with the overall build & uses.
I agree!!! also what jeep become available! LOL
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Unread 07-13-2009, 09:15 PM   #9
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Iīve alwasy owned a stick. and when I have to drive autoīs, I get bored. but I have never wheeled in an auto. just did a little mud on my way to the farm in my dadīs f-350 (auto) but nothing serious.
bottom line,,,,,,stick in my opinion.
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Unread 07-13-2009, 09:56 PM   #10
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I agree!!! also what jeep become available! LOL
Agreed. I like wheeling with stick shift because....that's what I have.
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Unread 07-14-2009, 04:24 AM   #11
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My 79 CJ5 was a 3 speed... and a ton of fun... but my wife wouldn't drive it at all... So I picked up a 91 with a TF999. Now we can wheel together because she is not afraid to drive it. Manual can put you in some interesting situations where you end up doing the clutch-gas-brakes tap dance, where an auto you can just push the pedal. Some say it is boring, I say it allows the driver to focus a little more on the trail and not shifting. However, nothing is more fun that sitting at a bottom of a good hill climb in 4lo-2nd gear revving the engine and dumping the clutch and bouncing off a rev limiter!


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Bottom line = it comes down to personel preference along with the overall build & uses.
I think Joe summed it up pretty good right there though!
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Unread 07-14-2009, 06:11 AM   #12
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Yea, it's personal preference.
I prefer the 5 speed, I always have.

Technically -
an auto can be built to do what a manual cannot -
but the manual gives better power transfer.

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Unread 07-14-2009, 06:53 AM   #13
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Both of my Heeps are 5 spd's, and I luv 'em! My wife's minivan is an auto, maybe thats why its boring to drive?

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Unread 07-14-2009, 07:22 AM   #14
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I bought an auto so my wife can drive it. (she refuses to learn stick). Now I can't get her out of it. I guess my job is done, I can give her the auto and pick myself up another stick. I have transformed another person into a jeeper.I can finally get rid of that **** minivan!!!
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Unread 07-14-2009, 07:37 AM   #15
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Tithout a doubt stick, I have fliied my tranny with water two times. If I had a
Automatic I would probably be looking at big buck repair instead of just a flush.

As far a tricky foot work, I installed for $8.00 and it took twenty minutes a hand throttle on my shifter. My feet work the clutch and brake my hand is on the throttle.
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