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    Default Auto or five speed



    My other Ranger needs a trans.
    I got an AOD and NP203: both need a rebuild. About $1.000
    got the chance to pick up a non electronic 5 speed and manual shift NP 205 for about $400
    Id rather run an Auto but Iíve only ran a standard once.

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    I've gone out of my way to purchase vehicles with manual transmissions instead of automatics for both commuting and wheeling. I'd go manual every time, if it were mine.

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    Ditto on the manual, just a preference. Having said that, my DD is automatic and I do like that better on the road. Are the NP203 / 205 stock?

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    What will be the use of the vehicle?

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    Depends on the use. Sitting in the ever growing bumper to bumper traffic in this metropolis, auto for sure. My preference has always been a for a standard as I like the control and active driving. I say this, but my p/u has an Allison automatic, though combined with the engine brake, gives me the downhill control I like and expect from a standard. Just sad it doesnít sound like a Jake brake!

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    89 ranger regular cab. 89 or 90 5.0 injected.
    80 F150 full width D44 front & 9 inch rear
    mostly trail with some back & forth to work.
    I donít want it as a trailer queen. The ability to drive to and from the trail is a big thing.
    Iv got the start in built thread ďproject wicked waysĒ
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    I've always been a manual guy. I first learned on a stick. That being said, I had an injured foot when I bought my 2012 Wrangler and choose the auto and I'll have to say that I love it. That year's -5-speed transmission is very easy to bump-shift and I way nicer to commute in. It positively crawls in 1st in 4LO.
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    Auto

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    When we ran Wheeler in The Bone (automatic) the trans started slipping on the rock faces...
    when we ran devils canyon I ran The Frog (five speed) and I was kinds nice to know that when ya tapped the gas it was there.
    im thinking Iím gonna bite the bullitt on the 5 speed.
    Im just itchin to get this thing on the road.
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    A properly setup and functioning auto is way better than a stick in the rocks.

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    newracer previously posted:
    "A properly setup and functioning auto is way better than a stick in the rocks."

    100% true...but its not nearly as fun! (just my opinion of course...)
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    I completely agree, but properly setup is key. I have hated autos in the past, but on the vehicles I have no the autos are so well behaved, don't upshift even at rev limiter in low range sport mode, never upshift while pointing downhill, lockup the torque converter in all 6/8 gears. Past vehicles have not even locked up until 3rd gear which made them overheat, and immediately upshifted when you lifted the throttle going down a hill which wasn't ideal so my stick/auto vote depends on how well behaved the auto you are comparing against is.

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    I get to pick up my 5 speed on Sat.
    hope I can have this trail ready by next season...
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