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Re: What is best to 4x4 stick or automatic?
Like stated, it's all about personal preferance.
With automatics you need to make sure the fluid stays plenty cool, and you usually need to relocate the vent so no water can get in. A plus is that an auto is nice on hills. You don't have to worry about three pedals at one time. This can be mad up for on a manual by means of a hand throttle. You also don't need to worry about burning up a clutch in an auto. Auto's are also more forgivining in rush our traffic, as you don't need to shift gears every few seconds.
Manuals are usually a lot more forgiving if a little water gets inside. You can gear down lower with a manual tranny, but an automatic's torque converter can usually take up quite a bit of slack. Manuals do better on down hill decends with help of compression(engine) braking. Manuals tend to also be shorter, which helps a lot when it comes to SWB vehicles and driveshaft angles. Manuals are also quite a bit simpler, so a rebuild is more realistic for a "do-it-yourselfer" than rebuilding an auto with it's million tiny parts(not really).
Either way you cut it, both have their advantages and disadvantages. I personally favor a manual. I feel I have more control over things, and like the challenge of having 3 pedals. Plus, there's nothing like ripping through the gears on the, but that usually applies to faster cars, not Jeeps.
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