There are pro's and cons to each setup and I dont think that there is a clear cut answer. Some people swear by the different setups. I think it all boils down to what you feel comfortable with driving around. I have run both and prefer the automatics myself unless its a small vehicle like a toy or Sami. Then I like the manual.
yeah, I agree with sandman, it is a matter of personal preference, and what sort of wheeling you do. Personally, I am starting to like automatics, but I also have had a yota, and a manual is the only way to go there..
It depends on the type of wheeling I do. For the sand I like having an auto because I dont have to worry about shifting too slow, and I can also downshift without slowing down too much. I havent spent any time on the rocks to know which I like best there.
Personally I like driving a manual better because I just like to shift gears.
Quick shifts (good for sand and mud)
Easier to control
Dont have to worry about burning up the clutch
Tend to overheat while wheeling (A good cooler is highly recommended)
Usually weaker than a manual
Overheating can quickly kill it
Most are pretty strong
Can easily go hundreds of thousands of miles with little or no work
You have control at all times
Clutch can burn up if you ride it too much
Takes longer to shift (usually have to pick a gear and stick with it in mud or sand)
Have to worry about clutch linkages binding up under flex (hydraulic excluded)
It's mostly just personal preference and driving style. :grin:
I finally found the cheapest source that I could find for a doubler setup. If you have your own NP205 and NP203, this company that gave me the quote sells the adapter and shaft, basically everything you need for $750
Keep in mind driveshafts and building crossmembers etc that is involved with the doubler It gets expensive quick Also I don't know if this is the case with the 203/205 setup but some people a couple years ago were selling the Toyota doubler setup for cheap, problem was they were using the wrong metal and crappy machine work had a freind in Boise that got hosed by them :banghead: :rotfl: :rotfl: