Discussion in 'Quitters' Club' started by jzeber, Jul 28, 2020.
i remember you said that earlier in the thread. you, obviosly, need it.
This is an age-old debate....
I had stick shift Jeeps for 25+ years and flew under that same "stick shifts are the only way to go" flag...
I still reach for the shifter while cruising slow down a hill from muscle memory learning to keep the T-90 from slipping out of second...
Then I drove an auto off-road - while rock crawling even - and found that I preferred it.
If you haven't driven an auto off-road I'd suggest at least trying it for yourself. You still do a fair amount of gear changing - mostly to limit top-speed, etc.
And I'll be honest - 95% of my Jeep usage these days is backroad cruising which the auto is nice for. At this point I'd rather the Jeep be setup for what I do with it most the time, rather than being inconvenienced by having a Jeep setup for what I do once in a while.
If it were a trail-only rig it might be different. But probably not.
problem is that i dont have anything that i can abuse off-road that has an auto. the closest is our '05 suburban, and someone may get a bit angry if it went off road.
Well, not sure what your intended use or driving style is. I was never one of those guys who wanted to "see what the Jeep will do" and abuse the thing until something breaks. I feel like the automatic helps me be more smooth & elegant while wheeling - less clutch dropping, wheel spinning, etc.
Spend enough time around Jeeps and Jeep guys and a chance to drive something else will come up. I also ended up renting Jeeps in places like Moab and they were automatics.
i want to see what it will do. elegance does not come naturally when driving that way. hopefully i can meet up with other jeepers, and get a chance to try an auto.
When I started looking there were very few automatics that I was interested in. I drove a couple of manuals and they are way easier to drive than my old CJ. I did hear from a few members that made the switch and they all seem happy with the auto.
the newer manuals are a lot easier to drive, dont have to forcefully hold them in 2nd, and they shift a lot easier. ive driven autos, just never wheeled them.
A hand throttle can help a lot with a manual transmission in tricky offload situations. You don't need to manipulate the gas with your feet along with brake and clutch.
the one in my cj doesnt work, the cable is broken. know where to get that cable?
Throttle Control Cable CJ Models-946225
I had a hand throttle that I made with bike parts, made a huge difference. I just got tired of the 3 day recovery after a weekend trip. Only had it out once so still need to get used to it. The SM420 is definitely not easy to shift.
I've got a similar sort of thing, made out of a bike shifter, mounted it right on the shifter. Works great.
Bonus check showed up today, not huge but enough to get a few items!
I'm also a fan of automatics in Jeeps, and Jeep-like vehicles. A friend 30 years ago had a CJ5 (81"wb) with a chevy 327 and a TH350/D18. That Jeep made a believer out of me.
I've driven several more automatic early Jeeps, as well as Willys Wagons. They always impress me how well they work.
I'll have a 4L60 in my delivery, and have a TH400/QuadraTrac in my Rover D90 clone.
Just made my second purchase, 2-D44 diff guards. Looking at rock sliders, rear bumper and possibly a synthetic winch rope and tow bar. I had a rope on the CJ and it is much easier to deal with than steel cable.
I know this topic can be divisive but I really love the rope on my 75. I’m also planning to go rope on the wife’s tj.
what kind of diff guards did you go with?
I bought these: Rugged Ridge 16597.44 Differential Skid Plate
I really liked the rope I had on my 71' as opposed to the cable.
Very impressed with Quadratecs customer service. Ordered yesterday morning and they are here today!
rugged ridge maybe? (assuming you're referring to the skid plates)
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