Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Welcome to the board! I can't help with the motor mount move, but can with the transmission question. Short answer: Yes.
We've kicked that around many times, and the answer seems to be that it's mainly a matter of personal preference. Personally, I can't imagine how an auto could hold a candle to a stick in tight, technical crawling.
I've watched auto Jeeps getting over rocks and logs, and when the tires first encounter an obstacle they stop. More power is fed in until they finally start to crawl up. Then the tires get over the top and the Jeep leaps forward. It just looks messy and hard to control, but lots of guys have autos and in the end, go everywhere a similar stick Jeep can go.