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Unread 05-13-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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Driving in 1st gear too long while wheeling?

Hey guys,

This may sound like a stupid question, but for those of use with manuals, is it necessarily a bad thing to drive in 1st gear too long?

I do a lot of beach driving looking for schools of stripers or bluefish and staying in 1st gear just makes the ride more comfortable. I get too much chatter when I stay in 2nd gear.

However, this made me wonder, if I am driving for about 45min-60min in 1st gear going about 15 mph and at about 2k rpms. Would this cause any damage? Is there anything I should be aware of? There are days when we drive around on the beach and the Jeep will not be driven above 1st gear until we reach the paved roads again..I just want to be aware of any issues I may be causing.

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Can't see anything different than driving for 8 hours in 6th gear on the highway at 3000 rpms....
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As long as you're not abusing the engine at high rpm, no problem.
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Hey guys,

This may sound like a stupid question, but for those of use with manuals, is it necessarily a bad thing to drive in 1st gear too long?

I do a lot of beach driving looking for schools of stripers or bluefish and staying in 1st gear just makes the ride more comfortable. I get too much chatter when I stay in 2nd gear.

However, this made me wonder, if I am driving for about 45min-60min in 1st gear going about 15 mph and at about 2k rpms. Would this cause any damage? Is there anything I should be aware of? There are days when we drive around on the beach and the Jeep will not be driven above 1st gear until we reach the paved roads again..I just want to be aware of any issues I may be causing.

Thanks!
Can't see any harm at all.
What you are doing is better than lugging it in a higher gear.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 01:01 PM   #5
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Yeah, nothing wrong with what you are doing at all.
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no what you needs is a mini motor like thos bass boats... install it on the rear with a rutter so you can just skim the beach
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Lugging the transmission in a higher gear will destroy your gears, keeping in the correct gear for the speed your going is the best thing you can do for your transmission. So yes, keep it in first.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 07:30 PM   #8
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Great! Thanks a lot for the answers guys! I know I am more mechanically inclined than to be asking a simple question like that but my first 2 Jeeps were autos and I am fairly new to driving manuals off road. Much appreciated!
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in low and slow. its a Jeep thing. Though on my jeep 1st gear low is more like 2mph in 5th i would be pushing it going 15mph<time to go to High 1st.
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