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Old 01-07-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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manual v.s auto wheeling

i just recently got into wheeling with my jeep and im in love. my only conceren is that my jeep is an automatic and for some reason people jump my ass about how its not wheeling if its an auto. got her when i didnt know how drive stick and i love her too much to sell or trade now.

So heres my question, what is the pros/cons of each when it comes to wheeling?

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alot of jeepers on here say auto is better for wheeling.

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I've had both and I love the Auto offroad. You really get to enjoy it more than it feeling like a work out of your legs. That's how I feel.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:45 PM   #4
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The ones that say that are idiots. Period.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:46 PM   #5
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I have wheeled both stick and autos and, at least in Florida (mud) the automatic is simply a better vehicle.
When you need to rock your rig out of a hole, an automatic is much better then the manual.
In the end however; as long as you are getting dirty, thats all that really matters.
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You will get many strong opinions on here about Auto's being the choice. Especially the Rock Climbing guys. I am 60 now, love my auto's in the mud and on the trails. Never will go stick again. Got that out of my system when I was younger!
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:25 PM   #7
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Most of the serious or competitor off roaders switched to automatics years ago. Because I love rock crawling, I converted my first TJ from a five-speed to an automatic. After that TJ was stolen four years ago, I bought a replacement TJ and made sure it had an automatic.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:30 PM   #8
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Automatic is definelty what I would choose. I havent tried yet but my buddies with autos (cherokees, xterra) always seem to clear mud trails with ease, so I think its just personal preference. But rock crawling I would agree auto with torque converter always.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:36 PM   #9
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this is what i love to hear, id love to meet more people like y'all instead of the usual "its not a manual? then its not a jeep". puts a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to a lot of jeepers.
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I love my auto. It's great not having to worry about where your feet are when you're on some rocks, no concerns about burning out a clutch or having one leg bigger than the other LOL
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:58 PM   #11
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Logo .....if you have not already, you'll also hear those type comments about your tires, wheels, lift, gearing, radio, oil, gas, safety gear, etc....etc....etc....lol
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Manuals are fun, on sports cars. Auto for off road. You can concentrate on the obstacle and fun. Also not worry about using the clutch when sunk.
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Manuals are fun, on sports cars. Auto for off road. You can concentrate on the obstacle and fun. Also not worry about using the clutch when sunk.
Hopefully you are using "sunk" as a figure of speech... You should never use the clutch if your undercarriage is under the water line.
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Like the OP, I can not drive a stick to save my life. The auto is nice for off roading, though it can also be a pain at times. But yep, if it makes me a wuss, so be it. But I'm keeping my auto for off roading. Also helps that I can better focus on tire placement and see what's ahead of me rather than making sure I don't stall. Though there are some awesome people out there that love their manual because it gives them better control.
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Though there are some awesome people out there that love their manual because it gives them better control.
They only say that through ignorance. Put them on a hard trail and I will bet money most of those who "think" they are in control, really aren't. Being in control is being in control of what the rig does and that is one place where the auto can really put them in their place.
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I prefer an Auto for off road. Why? Better control especially at slow speeds.

Also, you can easily select a gear with the Auto trans if want a specific gear.
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Hopefully you are using "sunk" as a figure of speech... You should never use the clutch if your undercarriage is under the water line.
Huh?
I have a 6 speed and I have no problems running it up to the bottom of the headlights in water.
As long as I take it slow...
Never any clutch problems.
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I like autos if you get in a hard place you just have to mash the right petal
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... you just have to mash the right petal
And the right pedal too.
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Auto for wheeling,5 sp on the street
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Love driving a manual transmission, but in tough off-road conditions an automatic has an advantage.

My Jeep has a manual, but the two prior to this one were automatics... Someday when I grow up I might make up my mind.

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Ditto Autos rule! And think about adding an additional trans fluid cooler to keep your trans happy!. Check out Jerry's set up.
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Both my friend and I do some pretty major rock crawling on manuals, but both of us would switch to an auto in a heartbeat.
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I have a 5 speed Manuel. I take it off roaring frequently. I have also owned a auto. From my experience, auto is just easier to drive. A Manuel may not be as easy to control but that is just because it takes more skill. Someone who can wheel in a stick shift is a better wheeler than someone in an auto. People who drive stick are statistically better drivers. With this being said, do what is comfortable for you.
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Auto is best.
I have a 5 spd and like it, I must be old.
I'll make do, but an auto is easier offroad and daily driving.
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I enjoy a manual, but I won't argue that it is better off road. Especially when it comes to highly technical rock crawling.

My Jeep is predominately my daily driver and I want my daily driver to entertain me. Therefore I have a manual.
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I have a 5 speed Manuel. I take it off roaring frequently. I have also owned a auto. From my experience, auto is just easier to drive. A Manuel may not be as easy to control but that is just because it takes more skill. Someone who can wheel in a stick shift is a better wheeler than someone in an auto. People who drive stick are statistically better drivers. With this being said, do what is comfortable for you.
Yes, but when you sit in heavy traffic for your commute at least you can rest your foot in an auto lol. And where did you find that statistic? Not being a jerk, but it got my curiosity. More and more vehicles are turning to auto.
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Yes, but when you sit in heavy traffic for your commute at least you can rest your foot in an auto lol. And where did you find that statistic? Not being a jerk, but it got my curiosity. More and more vehicles are turning to auto.
My brother owns a drivers ed teaching center, he is the one who knows all the stats. Same goes for motorcycle drivers, they are typically better drivers than non motorcycle drivers because to drive manual, it requires you to be more aware of your situation. I.E when to shift up, when to shift down ect. ( therefore it requires the driver to pay attention. ) compared to auto you just put your foot on the gas and go. ( doesn't require as much attention) Also, of course they are making more autos today. Most people nowadays don't know how to drive a stick. The only people who can are the 40 + yet olds or the young drivers who have a desire to learn how. Driving manual is a skill that not everyone has. Now, I'm not throwing auto drivers under the bus, i had a auto before the jeep I have now, and it was nice to drive especially at 5AM in the morning on my way to work. Lol I will not argue that autos are easier, they are definitely easier.
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Not sure who these people are man, but they're certainly speaking out of their behinds...

I wouldn't claim for a second to have wheeling skills I see on here but I do know one thing: slow is fast, smooth is slow. Does it take a bit more "skill" to do it with a manual? Sure, if you want to call it that. Every time I'm off-of-the-road I'm wanting an auto; take the nuisance out of the equation when trying to find a line and be smooth.

I'm like a lot of guys who already said it; I have a manual because I LIKE it and I'm on pavement at least 80% of the time. Manual is just more fun for me that 80% of the time. If hitting the trails is the primary reason you have the jeep, then I think you made a great choice with your auto.

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