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Manual or Built automatic?

Which would be better, a manual with a heavy-duty clutch or a built auto? Trying to decide which one when my trans finally goes?

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What are you using the truck for?
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Build the auto. Itll be faster if thats what you want.

I like my standard shift for offroad. I can slam between forward and reverse quick and its a lot of fun.

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daily driving, hot rodding through town , and the occasional heavy tow.

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I would say if you already have a auto stay with it. I was recently thinking of changing to a stick shift when my auto started screwing up but I would have spent just as much or more money to change over as it cost to have my auto rebuilt and upgraded to heavy duty. Last week I did a trip to Phoenix hauling my 30' car hauler trailer and between the mountain grades and the heavy stop and go traffic of the city I've grown to really like my auto again.

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Nothing can replace the joy of rowing your own gears
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Personal preference I guess. Mine is Auto, Burger or coffee in hand, revs stay fairly steady and your rippin, stuck in your seat. Stick does have its advantages though. By the sounds of what your doing you will enjoy the auto.
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For me, I really like driving the 5-speeds. I just like the control, especially when towing (especially at basically stock power levels). Having said that, if I had, say a BTS, and some decent power behind it, I'd rather have the built auto trans. Cheers!

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Thanks for the input guys! I think for as little as i tow, i'll build the auto when the time comes (Hopefully not anytime soon) Haha There really is nothing like rolling wheels and shiftin gears though!

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i like my auto, i can actually eat or drink my drive through items while driving, the cup holders are to crappy in these rigs to care about shifting and trying to grab your beverage as it falls to the floor, i love the stick in my sports car tho

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