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Old 06-07-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Hate to bring up an old subject

But here goes... My blue company assigned power unit ( 18 wheeler ) broke down and I've been in a brand new loaner tractor that has a 13 speed automatic... we do a lot of backing into very tight places making our deliveries.. The auto sucs.. Constantly having to feather the skinny pedal to push 80,000 lbs backwards, up slight grades, around corners etc etc, is a real pita, I much rather prefer getting off the clutch and idling into wherever I need to get... When you guys with autos in your TJs are backing or in 4L 1st gear, must you give it the skinny pedal to move, or will idle get you up and over the rocks, ruts, etc etc?

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Old 06-07-2013, 09:08 PM   #2
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You crawl idling, can't say I've really tried to idle over stuff though. No rocks here besides rausch. Sandy hill climbs, ruts, and mud. Only time I really idle would be cresting a hill/bump in a rut/climb. I'm touchy with the brakes

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Old 06-08-2013, 03:57 AM   #3
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Not trying to be stupid here, but it seems to me that the only way to ease up, over and back down, under complete control one has to two step it.. ( brake and throttle at the same time ).. That's my assumption. I'm not talking about trail running, that's easy. At what rpm is the torque converter locking up, etc etc.. I'm just asking about technique.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:34 AM   #4
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When mine is in 4l and 1st gear it will creep along by itself along the trail when I get to an obstacle depending n how big it is it will still creep but if it doesn't I just give it a little throttle and it will creep its way on up,
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With my 5 sp 2.5 4 low is amazing. I can creep over and down stuff without ever touching the brake at all. Even on really steep declines 1st or 2nd gear is all the braking I need. I can creep up stuff without hardly ever touching the clutch as well. I've heard autos are better for this, but mine works perfectly I can do some great wheeling with just throttle or lack of throttle, doesn't take extra effort.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:33 PM   #6
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With my 5 sp 2.5 4 low is amazing. I can creep over and down stuff without ever touching the brake at all. Even on really steep declines 1st or 2nd gear is all the braking I need. I can creep up stuff without hardly ever touching the clutch as well. I've heard autos are better for this, but mine works perfectly I can do some great wheeling with just throttle or lack of throttle, doesn't take extra effort.
Yes,, I have the manual with the 4:1 transfer case , idle up, over, under and through just about anything... No brakes, no clutch, needed..

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