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Old 08-26-2014, 05:30 PM   #1
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Long story short: I'm most likely trading my JKU for an LJ, but it's manual trans. I don't know how to drive manual.

I was planning to rent a Uhaul and flat bed and tow it home. Sure enough, Uhaul wants close to $1000, will be a 12 hour drive. My wife knows how, was going to teach me. She's not willing to go on the trip through (3 kids to take care of).

Anyone available before Saturday to teach me to drive manual so I can save $1000. Of course, I would buy dinner and beer.

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Pay someone to go with me and drive it home. So if you know anyone wanting to make a few hundred (free food and hotel), let me know.

Maybe a day laborer knows how to drive manual. (I'm only half joking...)


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Where are you driving to pick it up?

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Old 08-26-2014, 05:48 PM   #3
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Where are you driving to pick it up?
Santa Rosa, New Mexico. He's in MO, New Mexico is half way.

Plan is to leave here Friday afternoon, drive 6-8 hours, stop at a hotel. Next morning drive the last leg, meet with him for the exchange, head back home. Again, drive 6-8 hours, stop a hotel, then drive the rest of the way home.
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Santa Rosa, New Mexico. He's in MO, New Mexico is half way.

Plan is to leave here Friday afternoon, drive 6-8 hours, stop at a hotel. Next morning drive the last leg, meet with him for the exchange, head back home. Again, drive 6-8 hours, stop a hotel, then drive the rest of the way home.

Not sure where Santa Rosa is at, but I have made the trip from Albuquerque, NM several times in a one day trip. It is a pretty long day, but very much doable. One night there would take a whole day off of your adventure. P.M. me with your phone number if you have not already worked this out.
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Not sure where Santa Rosa is at, but I have made the trip from Albuquerque, NM several times in a one day trip. It is a pretty long day, but very much doable. One night there would take a whole day off of your adventure. P.M. me with your phone number if you have not already worked this out.
Phone number sent. The plan is to meet him around noon on Sat. If you are up for it, I'd be fine with driving all the back without stopping. The LJ has a really nice stereo and I play a mean game of 'I spy'.
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Wow that's a long drive in a jeep even a LJ Bro. Manuals aren't to hard to master even with no experience , good news is you'll have it mastered by the time your back home. Borrow or rent one and practice before you leave, its really easy just remember to put in the clutch when you stop. :-)

Seriously Rick your challenge will come when your wheeling. I thought it was a pain in the ass with my first jeep. A lot of old timer manual trans 4xers use a throttle. I have a buddy that has a manual and he just sets the throttle before attempting a obstacle that way he can use his two feet for the clutch and brakes.
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What's the plan if you learn how to? Fly out and get it?
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Wow that's a long drive in a jeep even a LJ Bro. Manuals aren't to hard to master even with no experience , good news is you'll have it mastered by the time your back home. Borrow or rent one and practice before you leave, its really easy just remember to put in the clutch when you stop. :-)

Seriously Rick your challenge will come when your wheeling. I thought it was a pain in the ass with my first jeep. A lot of old timer manual trans 4xers use a throttle. I have a buddy that has a manual and he just sets the throttle before attempting a obstacle that way he can use his two feet for the clutch and brakes.
I'm determined to learn, it's a sweet LJ, fixed up more than my JKU. It does already have a hand throttle.

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I'm driving my Jeep to meet him, we're trading Jeeps + cash on his side.

XJ Phil is checking with his wife. If he can go, going to pay him to be my driver for the ride home.
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You can drive out to my house right now and drive mine around if you want.
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You can drive out to my house right now and drive mine around if you want.
Phil is going to let me know tonight. I'd rather pay him so I don't burn up the clutch or something. If he can't make it, I'll hit you up.

Much appreciated!!
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When I was 16 I bought a car with manual transmission. Had never driven one before other than an old tractor. Drove it home with no problem. Takes a few minutes to get used to the clutch (and every clutch feels a little different) but you'll pick it up in minutes. Just jump in and go. You'll be fine.
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Phil is going to let me know tonight. I'd rather pay him so I don't burn up the clutch or something. If he can't make it, I'll hit you up.

Much appreciated!!
I gotta go trucking in the morning, won't be home until Friday.
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Hey Rick, when you finally get it and want to do a little 4 wheel practicing, bring it out to my house. I got a little test track with a natural drain gully, a freestyle motocross landing, and we can flex it out on a freestyle ramp. Maybe a barbecue and some brewskis and I don't have to drive home. Good luck. Mark.
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Hey Rick, when you finally get it and want to do a little 4 wheel practicing, bring it out to my house. I got a little test track with a natural drain gully, a freestyle motocross landing, and we can flex it out on a freestyle ramp. Maybe a barbecue and some brewskis and I don't have to drive home. Good luck. Mark.
Let's make a party of it Mark. I'll bring a thumb throttle and install it. Your going to need one Rick. I love having one, makes getting through the obstacles much easier. BTW Rick, you will pick up on driving a manual in a heart beat. Try it on dirt or gravel the first time if you can. Let's the wheels slip. Post up and tell us about your new ride.

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We will be picking up his new toy late on Saturday evening. After a lesson on the theory of how a clutch works (yet Saturday night), there will be a little hands on learning session early Sunday morning. By the time we get back into town Sunday night, Rick will be all dialed in and ready to rock.
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Hey Rick, when you finally get it and want to do a little 4 wheel practicing, bring it out to my house. I got a little test track with a natural drain gully, a freestyle motocross landing, and we can flex it out on a freestyle ramp. Maybe a barbecue and some brewskis and I don't have to drive home. Good luck. Mark.
Right on mark, will bring some brews. We can have an LJ party.


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Let's make a party of it Mark. I'll bring a thumb throttle and install it. Your going to need one Rick. I love having one, makes getting through the obstacles much easier. BTW Rick, you will pick up on driving a manual in a heart beat. Try it on dirt or gravel the first time if you can. Let's the wheels slip. Post up and tell us about your new ride.

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It has a Teraflex hand throttle on it and Rubi tcase. So hopefully should help when wheeling. Worst part is my parents are coming for a visit on Monday so I can't even take it out.

Going to be using it as a DD at least for a few months so I can learn. Will just start saving for a down payment on a Tahoe or something with a third row seat. That's what sold it to the wife: Third row seat and leather interior.

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We will be picking up his new toy late on Saturday evening. After a lesson on the theory of how a clutch works (yet Saturday night), there will be a little hands on learning session early Sunday morning. By the time we get back into town Sunday night, Rick will be all dialed in and ready to rock.
Can't wait Phil! Appreciate the help!!

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Real Jeeps have manual transmissions. Welcome to the club, Rick.
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Good for you. I hope its a great swap.
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Congratulations Rick! My Dad taught me to drive a manual at 14, on his 1960 Ford, it had a granny gear that I would kill for now, lol. I have driven manual's ever since, the JKU is the first automatic I've ever owned. The manual is one reason I don't want to give up my Infiniti, I love the control.......go figure

Poor Gunner got stuck behind me a year or so ago on Miller in Mikes Jeep, I discovered how the Atlas changes the whole gear thing on a manual, haha. You will enjoy it once you get the hang of it. Have a safe trip picking it up and I can't wait to see your new toy

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Congratulations Rick! My Dad taught me to drive a manual at 14, on his 1960 Ford, it had a granny gear that I would kill for now, lol. I have driven manual's ever since, the JKU is the first automatic I've ever owned. The manual is one reason I don't want to give up my Infiniti, I love the control.......go figure

Poor Gunner got stuck behind me a year or so ago on Miller in Mikes Jeep, I discovered how the Atlas changes the whole gear thing on a manual, haha. You will enjoy it once you get the hang of it. Have a safe trip picking it up and I can't wait to see your new toy

I always say, "a downshift is better than a brake check"
Thanks all!

Yeah, should be interesting to learn manual. My wife is still giving me crap for not knowing how and her last car had manual. It may be a daily driver for a little while so we can save up for a down payment on something else. So I'll get some practice and see how I like it.

From what I've heard, people seem to like manual for DD, but not so much for wheeling.
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It's a trade off as far as wheeling goes. You will be doing a little more work (operating that clutch), but you can end up getting more performance from your control over the torque.

In the old days they used to call it the difference between "driving" and "riding" your car.
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Mike seems to be okay with it in the TJ. I think it's like the TJ vs. JKU thing, there is always something a shorter or longer wheelbase is better at and always something a manual or auto is better for. Doesn't seem to stop any of us from getting out there and doing it, that's all that matters anyhow
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Nice job getting an LJ Rick! Since your new to manuals, I want to be there to count the number of stalls on your first run through Holcomb that 241 should help you out....
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Hey Rick, if you want, we will be at our place in Lake Havasu Ciy AZ this weekend. If you and your driver want to stop by for an overnight rest, we have plenty of room.... and I can take you wheeling in some of the gentler canyons to get used to the clutch.

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Hey Rick, if you want, we will be at our place in Lake Havasu Ciy AZ this weekend. If you and your driver want to stop by for an overnight rest, we have plenty of room.... and I can take you wheeling in some of the gentler canyons to get used to the clutch.

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It's a trade off as far as wheeling goes. You will be doing a little more work (operating that clutch), but you can end up getting more performance from your control over the torque.

In the old days they used to call it the difference between "driving" and "riding" your car.
I'm sure it will be a bit of a shock having to keep my right hand free. I'll have to be careful not to spill my coffee trying to put it down to shift.

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Nice job getting an LJ Rick! Since your new to manuals, I want to be there to count the number of stalls on your first run through Holcomb that 241 should help you out....
I am looking forward to wheeling with the Rubi Tcase. Don't doubt I'll stall quite a few times. Hopefully I won't need the bubba rope this time though.

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Thanks for the offer Ted! Phil and I are going to knock out the drive in two days so we can be back Sunday night. It will be a shame to cross through other states and not try out some trails.

It will also be the first time my JKU has been out of CA. Tomorrow and Friday are going to be hard days to get through. At least work will keep me busy.
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I remember the first time I used a clutch. 15 years old (a really long time ago) and my parents took me to the Honda dealer (before they sold cars in America) to purchase a 90cc "motorcycle." The dealership was on the south end of Grand Rapids (Michigan) and we lived 20 miles north of town. I probably stalled that poor bike 50 or 100 times before I got out of town, but by the time I got all the way home, I had it down. The following summer I rode that thing to Louisville, KY (to see a girl) LOL. Fond memory!!
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I'm sure it will be a bit of a shock having to keep my right hand free. I'll have to be careful not to spill my coffee trying to put it down to shift. I am looking forward to wheeling with the Rubi Tcase. Don't doubt I'll stall quite a few times. Hopefully I won't need the bubba rope this time though. Thanks for the offer Ted! Phil and I are going to knock out the drive in two days so we can be back Sunday night. It will be a shame to cross through other states and not try out some trails. It will also be the first time my JKU has been out of CA. Tomorrow and Friday are going to be hard days to get through. At least work will keep me busy.
Don't worry about stalling the jeep on the trail. I have done it many times and I simply start it back up and go on. I would like to join ya on your maiden trip in a manual on the trails.

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It's easier to learn to drive with a manual than you might expect. At age 16, I learned in one night after begging my sister to drive her then-new VW beetle home which was maybe 15 miles. By the time I got home with no one with me to give me any help, it was second nature... I still remember how fun it was to learn.

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