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Who has a manual trans? Opinions needed

Ok I seem to always think about this when i have troubles with my transmission.

I want to know who has one, if they like it and if you have had any issues with it.

I really want to know more from people running larger tires and lifted.

I have seen some people even with the manual trans have trouble wheeling it.

I dont want to be frustrated after the swap because the trans doesnt perform any better than the auto i have now.

Basically my auto just isnt getting the power to the ground that i need. I think the manual will accomplish this.
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I haven't had any problems with mine. Been running the 35's for about a year now. I haven't fully tested it with 4wd though, only time will tell what the extra stress might put the trans through while wheeling it.
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I've got a manual and I'm running 33's. I've never had any problems with the combination, nor any problems that you've listed while wheeling. The only time I ever have a problem with the manual is just when in traffic, sometimes it can be a pest. More often than not, its a bit more fun than an auto.
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i have a manual trans and i love it and hate it. wheeling is a easy with a manual except when your stuck and the clutch slips like a ****.

zach keep the auto that is in your truck, its probably just really worn out from all the towing you used to do. and still sometimes do. i think if you had your rebulit all badass it would perform better. or you could buy a new tranny shift kit etc.


the tranny swap would be a *****
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Mine is a son-of-a-gun stopping and starting on semi-steep trails in 4Hi. That spec stage 2 clutch is brutal. I really need to re-gear too. It's cake in 4Lo though.

I kinda miss my old auto FX4 when I'm out on the trail sometimes. As long as you know what you're doing, you've got added control when you're four-wheelin'.

On the street.........I can't beleive I bought that auto after driving my manual. It was like night and day! Same motor, same tires(brought her home on 31's), different transmission.....It was like an entirely different truck. I don't miss the auto one bit when I'm tooling around town.
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except when your stuck and the clutch slips like a ****.

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Mine is a son-of-a-gun stopping and starting on semi-steep trails in 4Hi. That spec stage 2 clutch is brutal. I really need to re-gear too. It's cake in 4Lo though.

I kinda miss my old auto FX4 when I'm out on the trail sometimes. As long as you know what you're doing, you've got added control when you're four-wheelin'.
that is what i am afraid of... i dont want to be kicking myself after the swap.

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On the street.........I can't beleive I bought that auto after driving my manual. It was like night and day! Same motor, same tires(brought her home on 31's), different transmission.....It was like an entirely different truck. I don't miss the auto one bit when I'm tooling around town.
Yea i think i will really like it on the street.
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M7 07 isnt lifted and isnt the same powertrain as your truck but I really do think manual is alot more fun driving in the ranger than the auto in my 98.
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i have a manual, ran 33s for the past year, now im on 35s, minus the slave cylinder glitch 2 weekends ago, and it making some funny noises for a short period (im thinking because it was so damn hot)

my tranny has never given me any problems or let me down on or off the road. and i like it because, IMO you have more control... then again times like in rock crawling an automatic would be nice..
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only time I hate my manual is in traffic and when I have to use 4lo. The gearing ratio is lower to begin with being a manual, or I assume so (???). Couple it with 4lo and it's insanely crazy how fast you have to shift.

I've gotta side with ranger though. I think your issues are from towing. Think of how bad your issues could be from towing if you were manual?

My only other complaint is the slipping on steep hills. The museum I work at is currently based out of a mall and 2 of the main exits are on steep hills. I'd say 50/50 I usually slip my clutch a little when exiting either of those exits/entrances. I'd probably say these hills are probably about a 6-8% grade, possibly steeper.

Other than that, I really prefer the manual trans over automatic. I've got no problem moving my tires (granted only 33s) and getting plenty of power to the ground - sometimes maybe too much, especially when off road and not wanting to dig in.
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Couple it with 4lo and it's insanely crazy how fast you have to shift.

haha yea, 4th gear at 4grand doin 30mph
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I don't like the tow rating and the slave cylinder. My clutch also slips when I get stuck and I hate tring to take off in 4wd Hi. And I'm tired of driving stick 31 miles to work everyday.
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so its not just me that has a hard time starting in 4hi? lol


im going to say.. do what Wayne did, and get a heavy duty Auto trans. Or get a stronger Manual than what comes stock on a ranger
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Lemm break it down for ne1 who doesnt know , the manual trannys suck . Mine has been in the shop 4 times for problems with syncros and a input shaft. If it worked correctly though I would still pick a auto over a manual.Oh and i only have 23000 miles with these problems.
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well my first and only problem was at 112k... the pilot bearing blew up, ate up the input shaft so we had to replace that.. the clutch was still fine but we had it replaced anyways
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I am not lifted, but I have mentioned numerous times on here how much I tow with my truck. I have had no problems with it what so ever....
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Other than being noisy and notchy, my manual was fine. It performed well off road but you will find that you need to use low range more often with a manual because you don't have the torque converter to help you out with its approximate 2:1 torque multiplication. Really technical stuff with a manual can be a little trickier - sometimes you need three feet!

My big gripe is not the transmission itself but the slave cylinder. I hate that SOB because it can leave you stranded without warning and requires disassembly of most of the powertrain to replace.
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Really technical stuff with a manual can be a little trickier - sometimes you need three feet!
thats my only complaint for the manual..

that and those days where u drive a lot..
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thats my only complaint for the manual..

that and those days where u drive a lot..
Driving a lot with a manual isn't that bad. I work at dominos and drive a manual and avg about 80-160 miles a day at work and its all city. You get use to it after a while. However sometimes when my arthritis acts up in my left knee I wish I had an auto.

I say stick with the auto. Maybe find you an older f150 for cheap to use for towing and rebuild the rangers tranny and dont use it for towing anymore.
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looks like its a mixed opinion, people love the manual for DD but hate it for wheeling. I want to make it more of a friendly wheeler and i am not sure a manual will help this.

I have read somewhere you can adapt some full size truck trannies to the 4.0. That might be better, not sure atleast for the slave cylinder issue.

looks like to fix my tranny will run me around $1000. i think i might try a new valve body and torque converter before i make up my mind.
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yea 4lo with a 5spd is extremely jumpy, or i think so anyways and you have to constantly shift. and the slave fu*cking suck when i replaced mine exhause trannt tranny crossmember drivshafts all that **** had to come out for 2 bolts that holt the slave.

zach stay with the auto.
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manual is great offroad, until you get into those situations where your at some weird *** angle and you cant afford to roll backwards lol


but the conversion will be a pain in the *** it sounds like, just get a beefier auto tranny
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manual is great offroad, until you get into those situations where your at some weird *** angle and you cant afford to roll backwards lol
yes i know exactly what you mean
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Stick to an auto. Have yours rebuilt like I did mine.

All the bands, servos, valve body, tq converter, springs, etc were replaced with 'aftermarket' things to make it handle way higher horsepower and tq. It is set up right now to where I could throw a blower on a 4.0 motor (if it were to fit) on my tranny and be set up nicely. It doesn't slip at all when towing, shifts nice and firm. I keep on going through 2-3 servo's, but thats just BC of wheeling, I would hit reverse/foward too much with the tires spinning.

If anything, spend the $800 on ebay motors and get a rebuilt one. It's better than 2200 on a reuild from a shop. You can drop a tranny pretty simply on the rangers. I would say that 800 is better than 2200. That rebuild should be good for another 50k with the abuse you (and I) put through the trannies.
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I like my Ranger with the manual transmission for daily driving. I just enjoy driving a standard.

With that said, I'm about 50-50 on whether I want an auto for the zuk or not. I think it'll just depend on which one I can get ahold of more easily.
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yeah i think i am going to stick with an auto, just for reasons on what i want to use my truck for later after its no longer a dd
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