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post #1 of 3 Old 09-20-2012, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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I want some SLOP in the drive train!

I've had several CJs - all manuals, e.g. T-150, 176, No autos. I just started driving the CJ I've been building for the past 4+ years. And it's taking some getting used to. Help me out - tell me this is normal... ish.

- Fuel injected 5.7 (fresh rebuild, stock L05 specs)
- SM465 (fresh rebuild) driven as a 3-speed
- D300 (fresh rebuild)
- 20/30 (fresh rebuild) Detroits, 4.56 gears
- New driveshaft and joints
- 35s

On the plus side, I'm loving the power and throttle response... I think. The thing is, I feel like I'm either decelerating or accelerating. Even at 1500 RPM, any movement of the throttle is a bit of a jolt - forward or backward. Does that make sense?

My other vehicle is 100 Series Land Cruiser (auto of course). It's been 5 years since I've driven a CJ. Have I just gotten spoiled by insulated, muted, viscous-coupled drive trains?

1981 CJ8, Chevy 5.7, SM465, D300, RE 4.5, 35" BFG MTs, 20/30 4.56, Detroits, Warn 9500ti
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-20-2012, 07:21 AM
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have you tried adjusting/rebuilding the linkage of the throttle to allow more pedal movement in before/while the throttle moves?
Other than that, it sounds like you have just gotten too used to the feel of an auto, and are experiencing a 'new' feel of the manual transmission to me.

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-20-2012, 08:24 PM
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Sounds like you need less horsepower! That gearing should be just fine, and the three speed too should be ok with its long gears... that's a manual for ya! Maybe once the clutch wears in a little it will settle down and offer some slippage
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