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Old 09-21-2009, 12:28 PM   #1
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2009: Manual transmission - rough?

I've got an 09 wrangler, manual 6 speed transmission - I love it.

Seems to be sometimes rough going into 1st, 2nd, etc gears..not like any resistance, just like you need to put extra effort into it that I haven't had in past cars (just coming off of an 06 standard honda accord which was very smooth).

Was just wondering if this was normal for jeeps, etc.


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Old 09-21-2009, 02:11 PM   #2
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Can't really compare the Jeep to the Honda. I have a manual transmission Audi and they are night and day. I was uneasy at first with the sounds and feel of the jeep when shifting, but I went up to a dealership and test drove some new and some used JK's and found out that it was just how the Jeeps are.


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Old 09-21-2009, 02:16 PM   #3

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I think the syncros are a little stiff especially if you are moving a little fast for the gear. I typically go into second until I'm almost at a walk before going into first but downshifting from third if I'm moving along will be somewhat difficult to get it into second gear. I don't typically go into first unless I'm stopped. I had a 63 dodge dart and that had no synchro in first. Only way to get into first on that car was at a stop. I cut my teeth on it and because I know it is hard on the synchro when it is constantly being stuffed into first at any speed I always do it stopped or just about stopped.

In four low, the synchros are a bit clacky in every gear.

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