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Unread 06-07-2010, 11:13 AM   #1
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I was wondering what everyone thought was a better option an automatic transmission or a standard transmission for my 90 YJ. Right now I have an AX-15.

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Unread 06-07-2010, 11:15 AM   #2
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my 92 has a stick and would love to swap it out to automatic........
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Unread 06-07-2010, 11:38 AM   #3
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personal preference really... I prefer autos for wheeling, I have a 5 speed, but that will change eventually.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 11:55 AM   #4
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I was wondering what everyone thought was a better option an automatic transmission or a standard transmission for my 90 YJ. Right now I have an AX-15.
Jeep auto xmission, no. AX-15 pretty good.

Looking at a V8 swap, find the AX-15 would be strong enough for maybe 300 hp, but Jeep auto, no way.

GM drive train seems to be preferred for its performance, serviceability, and installed base - will swap to GM auto + V8 down the road.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 05:01 PM   #5
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I like standard shift myself.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 07:12 PM   #6
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It's a personal preference, both have advantages and disadvantages on a variety of terrains

I have a 4.0 and the AX-15... I'm not changing
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Unread 06-07-2010, 09:24 PM   #7
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I like my manual for alot of reasons, but the biggest one is not having to use the s****y brakes as much by downshifting.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 09:29 PM   #8
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I like a standard transmission. I've wheeled with a standard for about four years and i like it. It takes a little getting used to, but it's fun. I've honestly never wheeled with an auto tranny, but I like the manual. Plus its fun when people tell you its so hard to rock climb with a manual, but I do it all the time.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 09:30 PM   #9
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Personal preference... I love my auto for wheeling but long trips on the highway really eat into the gas with no overdrive. Also, as far as the braking goes... when it comes to descending long grades you can still downshift an auto. I know I do on those long steep grades. Also, offroad I put it in 4 low and hardly ever need to hit the brakes.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 10:03 PM   #10
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I prefer a stick. More control in my opinion. but going through Boston traffic with a manual transmission sucks. it really sucks.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 10:08 PM   #11
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This should really be a poll... haha. I'll cast my vote for the AX-15. All my trucks and cars are stick and I'll never go back willingly.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 10:23 PM   #12
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I like auto also but have an ax-15 right now that needs a rebuild it has crossed my mind to put an auto but i dont know how much trouble it would be .I have had jeeps with both the auto is nice when hunting holding weapon coffeeand you know what i mean .
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Unread 06-09-2010, 11:32 AM   #13
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Stick....but this is like asking what the best color for a Jeep is.
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Unread 06-09-2010, 01:43 PM   #14
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It's all personal preference, as many here have said. I prefer stick shift personally.
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Unread 06-09-2010, 02:09 PM   #15
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I'd take a 5-speed any day. Which is why I have an ax-15.
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