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"Off Roading" Which is better...Manual or automati

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Ok, Here is my Noob question. :mrgreen:

I am about to purchase a truck, and I was wondering if it is better to have a manual or an automatic 4x4 for off road? Or is it just personal preference. Any advice is appreciated, thanks
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Welcome to the board. :thumb:

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.

What kind of people? And then what happened. Interesting deduction. I'm not sure if I like it. I'm not sure if I like the manual. I like chatting with people online.

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:
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It is all personal prefernce as far as tansmissions go but I love my auto on the rocks..
I like Smirnoff on the rocks too. :deal:

We need to get all of us together for some beer and 4x4 videos :deal:

don't forget the "worst stuck" pics and stories!
I still need to see the videos from Moab! :mrgreen:

We do need to set something up. :deal:

We can use my house if no where else works.


YEAH!! KEGGER AT SANDMANS HOUSE!!! TOGA! TOGA! TOGA!! :deal: :finger: :firedevi:
Your going to need the beer to put up with my kids farting all the time. :deal:


EWW TMI TMI TMI TMI :shock: :? :shock:
I like to fart :thumb: oh I mean drive with an auto in my blazer but my zuk I love the manual. If you get a manual just learn to live with the fact you are going to kill it sometimes. :rotfl: :rotfl:

SOMEtimes??????? :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
yep sometimes crawl ratio 85:1 hopefully 115:1 next summer :rotfl: :rotfl:

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
There was one on Pirate4x4 that was even cheaper, like $450 or something.

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:

friends?!?!?!?! when did this happen? we better clue em in for their own sakes.. :finger: :rotfl: :rotfl:
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