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so i thought i would start a little discussion on why ppl say it is better to have a manual trans for off roading... personally i think that it is easier to have a auto and if you want to stay in first jus put it in lo on the colum or w.e.... i may not be the best at usin a stick but i seem to burn the clutch a lil tryin to climb a over a rock or w.e... whats everyones input??
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Both are great imo... its all in style of how you wheel...
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You get more engine braking with a stick. I have learned to crawl in low without using gas were as in a manual the idle speed will get you going a little too fast.

Auto has the advantage of not rolling back when you start moving forward up an incline but if you know how to drive stick well then you wont have that problem.
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in my opinion, i like having an auto on the trail, and a stick on teh streets.

so in the future, my trucks will always be an automatic, and my cars will have a stick :)
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yea i hate having a stick off roading...
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I like my manual for mud, just because you can really rock it back and forth without worring about the trans. But for crawling, I am kinda torn. If you have proper gears, then you shouldn't have to worry about your clutch with a manual and I find they have the same ability to finess over obsticles.

But I agree with Stone, it is all in how and where you wheel.
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yea i dont really use low but the few times i have you dont have to clutch much cuz they are hard to stall and can run at low rpm...
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I use high for snow, mud or sand. Low is for any kind of crawling even if it isn't steep that way you don't burn the clutch up.
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manuals are overrated. auto all day for me, just a lot easy for me to crawl around and climb stuff.
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^^^^x2 totally with you
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manuals are overrated. auto all day for me, just a lot easy for me to crawl around and climb stuff.
They aren't overrated. They give you more control if you know how to use it properly. The problem is that most people don't know what they are doing when they drive stick.
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Both are great imo... its all in style of how you wheel...
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in my opinion, i like having an auto on the trail, and a stick on teh streets.

so in the future, my trucks will always be an automatic, and my cars will have a stick :)
I couldn't agree more with both.
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yea i dont really use low but the few times i have you dont have to clutch much cuz they are hard to stall and can run at low rpm...
I use low ALOT. Alot more than High range. It helps alot when crawling, or even in the mud, AND IS ALOT EASIER ON THE CLUTCH.
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I love my manual offroad, I bought a doubler so I wont have to worry about gearing.
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You get more engine braking with a stick. I have learned to crawl in low without using gas were as in a manual the idle speed will get you going a little too fast.

Auto has the advantage of not rolling back when you start moving forward up an incline but if you know how to drive stick well then you wont have that problem.
(gotta get lower gears )

I've got good, I prefer my manual ANY DAY crawling.. and thats not from second hand say say.. Also, auto's tend to get starved for fluid depending what your doing then they act up (that is what i've heard)

I have aftermarket covers on my pedals and their pretty close together so i can use my right foot on the brake and gas at the same time to start off on a steep hill, or situation where I cant afford to roll back.

its presonal preferance, but the manual is the way to go IMO.. if you can't make a climb in 1st gear you have the option of starting in 2nd and not having the trans shift at an unexpected point, I can do mud in 3rd and 4th in low..

I'm just bias, i hate automatics..

also, like a few people have said, you can rock it much easier, don't have to wait for the trans to shift blah blah, you also have the ability to dump the clutch if need be.

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yea i hate having a stick off roading...
just gotta learn how..
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Auto's are for hippies who are to lazy to shift their own gears. I love my manual, and manual t-case. I wouldnt change it for anything. and if you roll back more than 6-8" you are a tard, especially in low.
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Stick FTW.
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I wish I had a manual T-case, but I'm just lazy and like the ease of auto's :)
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I use low ALOT. Alot more than High range. It helps alot when crawling, or even in the mud, AND IS ALOT EASIER ON THE CLUTCH.
yea thats true it is alot easier i was stuck and i was in 2wd and i just spun the tires. then i went into 4 hi and the clutch just slipped... i went into 4 lo and pulled myself rite out
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I just think I would get annoying by having to keep change gears, hence why I have an auto.
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My truck is either in 2wd or Low.. I don't remember the last time i used high..
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i didnt like having stick till i swapped to the new gears now its fun to drive again not a Pain in the *** and i dont burn my clutch
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I just think I would get annoying by having to keep change gears, hence why I have an auto.
I get annoyed when a computer/cable/etc decides when i changes gears
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I get annoyed when a computer/cable/etc decides when i changes gears
Couldnt have said it better.
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