Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Jacksonville NC
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At the end of the day its preference and cost. I love my auto for the simplicity of it, just driving on base is stop-go-stop-go-stop at no more than 35 miles an hour. I would (however) love a 6 speed for the durability and more control while driving (down-shifting less braking etc) but I'm young and stupid haha. As long as you are not pushing mass power chips, and upgraded turbo, injectors etc. your stock tranny should be alright. I have 95k on mine right now...running like a champ shifts perfectly, but I do have a chip so I know that eventually I will be spending a large chunk of change, and I may just end up doing the ZF6 swap instead of a built tranny. If your doing a lot of city driving, and you are getting sick of it, don't be afraid of the Auto...if it would be that bad (like a dodge) they would have a rep from hell, but tons of people here have stock trannys and all is well. How much over 100k does this truck have, and what kind of mods/use does it have?
P.S. if you do go the auto route a gauge to keep an eye on temps is a necessity (the one stock is like an idiot gauge mine does not budge while my autometer changes based on everything else). and a 6.0 tranny cooler is 24 fins compared to the 7.3's 9 fins or so. Definitive drop in tranny temps (so I have heard have yet to do that mod...Saving up for the money suck, err child
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2002 F250 SC SB 4x4 7.3ltr
~leveling kit~35/12.5~B&W~MBRP 5"~4 Pod Gauge Pillar ~TW 6 POS~Mag-Hytec~LineX]~KC Long Range (Front)~KC Wide Beam (Rear)~Cobra CB~WW~CFM+~EBPV Delete ~6kHID's~OUO Blocks~3/4" Ubolts~OUO Adjust ladder bars~Full RR system w/ Fuel Bowl Delete~ CCV~BTS TRANNY
~ 6.0 Tranny Cooler ~ BHOF/Coolant Filter/ Fltr Mags
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