definently would only use it in 4 low . I haven't stalled on a hill yet but only because i know that without a clutch bypass switch i'd probably end up having to back down the hill so if it looks that bad i turn around . Like if you are on a serious hill that is the limit of your truck ability and you have to do some fast foot work your more then likely going to roll back and overcoming that momentum may mean your not able to get started on the climb again . Backing down the hill is sketchy and dangerous.backing down is even worse because my wife is my spotter and can't pick a good line. i have alot of practice with the foot work and have learned to not roll back ( i generaly stall goin over really rocky sections when going super slow to avoid any bouncing which will compromise clearance.)i like to let out the clutch ultra slow until i just barely sense the clutch engaging and the rpms going down . Very quickly hit the gas and drop the clutch and your off but in 4 lo the gas pedal is so sensitive that its very easy for the truck to sort of lunge forward over or off the obstacle leading to bouncing and there goes the clearance. i wish the rangers E brake was on the center console and then you could use your hand in place of your foot. that gives me an idea , maybe some sort of extension on the e brake handle would make it so i could comfortably use the e brake tech. the thing with it is E brake does not ungage all 4 brakes so if the grade of the hill is too much the e brake alone may not hold you in place. stalling/rolling backwards is the main downfall of a stick offroad but i think with the bypass it could really help that . at this point stalling in a really tough section is my worste nightmare. when the going gets rough i feather the brake with my left foot and the gas with my right so that i have enough power that i won't stall but still move slow enough to stop from bouncing etc.this technique works good but is bad for the brakes and takes alot of practice to be smooth with the left foot on the brakes.this tech also gets alot harder when the truck is bucking and your trying to keep both feet in the perfect position now that you don't have the left foot on the floor to help brace your body from moving around. i'm wondering if duff traction bar will really help the bouncing?
05 xlt 4x4 extended cab 4.0-Manual-4.10 L.S.-payload package B-skid plates mid & aft-camper shell-Infinity sub/speakers-265/75/16 ST MaXX-6400 drop shackle-1" t-bar crank-bilstein hd shocks-1" body lift-duff traction bars-fog light mod w/9005 bulb-extended diff. vents-30 watt Cobra 29 w/4' whip-fx4 shifter
Last edited by stockranger; 02-24-2006 at 12:09 PM.