MY ax-15 manual tranny just took a major dump on me and I have a dilema.Should I continue with the ax15, go to the nv4500 or convert over to an auto.For ease of rockcrawlin I am leaning twards an auto, Should I ?? HUH should I ??, let me know what you all think so I can make up my mind..
Its a jeep thing, RCJS (Rock Crawling Jeep Society)
It can be argued ... till everyone is blue in the face ... about the benifits of one over the other.
But the trend in ARCA and other groups of hard rock crawlers leans heavily toward the automatics ...
Besides.....who cares what the guys of ARCA do? I know, they are the best of the best. But that doesn't mean you should do what they do. You should build your vehicle to what you like, and what works for you....not what Chris Durham or Shannon Campbell likes. I know their rigs are bad and they are good drivers, that's not my point.
I prefer granny low manuals as well for my Jeep, and an auto for something I would have to drive everyday, or in stop and go traffic.
As far as competition, here is a section from Parts Mike technical view on the 1999 Rock Crawling Championships, "TRANSMISSIONS:
The other item that is important to me is the use of automatic transmissions. I'm not positive of the numbers, but I'll venture to say that 90% of the 13 finalists had them. Here again, Yoder is the only one that I know of who for sure runs a manual transmission. The automatic gives you an added benefit; besides being able to go as slow as the manuals (without ever having the lack of speed of the vehicle when it kills the engine) it can also accelerate to much higher speeds (momentum is sometimes necessary) without shifting (releasing a clutch makes a manual unit stop dead in its tracks)."
I would LOVE to have an auto in mine. They can make some difficult terrain easy. I can and do drive a stick quite well. Even used to bracket race 2 stick cars, so you had to shift well.
My next swap will be to one.
With that all said, the NV4500 is a sweet tranny too.
It's up to you.........what do YOU want?