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Old 08-30-2007
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For daily driving it is hard to beat a manual but as soon as you hit the trails you will be wishing you had a auto. I have wheeled both and really like the control of the auto on hills and technical sections. There is one thing that I do like about the manual in our trucks and that is how low first gear is in low range lots of torque.
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i really like my manual tranny... i have only had to replace the slave once a few years ago... its been just fine with 33's and 4.10 gears too
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I like the manual, makes it feel more like a truck. However, I have no problem with an auto. Ive owned both. An auto can be nice to at times. I have nothing against either one.
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For daily driving it is hard to beat a manual but as soon as you hit the trails you will be wishing you had a auto. I have wheeled both and really like the control of the auto on hills and technical sections. There is one thing that I do like about the manual in our trucks and that is how low first gear is in low range lots of torque.

yeah with the auto and offroading you can worry about other stuff. not the clutch and shifting.

after looking around i am pretty convinced that i can make the auto tranny work really good again. time to order some parts!
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I have 2 trucks, one of each.

Manual- 94 4.0 5 speed (not sure of ratio) 235/75/15s
I have had alot of manual trucks but this one has to be the easiest to drive. The 4.0 motor has plenty of power and I find it climbing hills (on the road) in higher gears than trucks I've had with bigger motors. The factory clutch pedal pressure is not a problem in traffic or daily driving. I have never had it off road but I'm sure it would do fine. I did pull a locust stump with it that was atleast 24" in diameter and the clutch did want to slip a little but this stump was a big SOB.

Automatic- 99 4.0 5r55e 3:73"s 265/75/15's
As with the 94 this truck has plenty of power and actually spins easier(not trying) than the manual on wet roads. Also plenty of power. Agian I have never had it off road and have only actually put stress on the 4wd once. I had a chain hooked to the reciever and to a tree trying to get the reciever out. Was also hitting it with a sledge at the same time. I have never had an issue with the trans.

I think I actually like the manual better but sometimes I enjoy not having to shift....its a toss up...lol
John
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Old 08-31-2007
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I won't own an awefulmatic tranny. Too much to break IMO. As Bob stated, the slave cylinder in the factory manual is.. OK.. Its made in France, that speaks for itself!

Wheeling a stick takes 3 feet sometimes. People have adapted brake and throttle actuators to their shifters to do such. I'm a ' heel/toe ' driver that learned form toying in S-turns and such. I'm not lifted and on a tad bit smaller then stock tires.

*IF* your considering a Manual tranny, I would stay away from the factory ones and go with an ' old school ' cable system instead of the hydro type. If put in properly, a cable setup won't show any difference in force needed on the clutch pedal.

Zach Stone drove my truck as well as Sk0t and others.. its NOT a hard swap now that the v6 stangs have T5's in them. The parts are all there.
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I absolutly love a manual tranny. Now when I bought my 01 ranger 4x4 4.0 sohc it had 42,000 miles on it. The tranny was hard to shift and very notchy. I decided to call ford and they told me it doesnt need changing. lol I drained the oil and it was very very black. So much as I thought it was gear oil. Well I looked up the specs and found out it likes mercon v. I picked up some Amsoil universal tranny oil. I tell you I have never felt a smoother tranny yet. It Is extremly smooth. and in the -40 degree temps we get here every n ow and then it is still smooth.
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Old 09-01-2007
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stick with an auto zach ... granted i had the supercharger and stock 4.10s with 35s ... but the trans was the weak link ... keep the auto ..., you can always build the auto up into a nice trans ... the man trans you can only really get a hd clutch i hated mine after i had to pull my trans twice a month for either a clutch issue or broken gears or shafts in the man trans ..
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dont worry i am keeping the auto, just bought a bunch of good stuff for it
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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.

Zach, I thik you know what my answer's going to be here....

NV 3550 or 4550......
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Old 09-02-2007
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I have never owned an auto....and probably never will. Manual for life! (except I just put an auto in the chevy, lol.) Wheelin' is just fine....but then again...I broke my trans wheelin in low tryin to get un-stuck and shifted it hard into 2nd gear. No more second gear. I've put 5k on it since it broke....i've been 1-3 shifting it. Replaced the slave & clutch about 10k ago...now I gotta do it again. gotta love it.
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