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Old 07-07-2014, 06:26 PM
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4r100/e4od vs zf5/zf6

What are the weeknesses and stregths of them? Im curious because im looking at buying a 7.3 and i know what to look for but im having trouble making my mind up on which one to get i plan on doing some towing and the truck will be my daliy driver too so ill have to rely on it....

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Do you want bigger power? How heavy do you tow?

E4od/zf5 is obs, 4r100/zf6 is SD, which body style do you want? Of planning to add a bunch of power the auto's WILL need beefing up to hold, the hand shakers will need clutches upgraded, do you like shifting or holding your big gulp more?
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I like shifting and ill be towing a 65 falcon drag car to the races and eventually id like to have around 400 hp in the 7.3 the body style probly a super duty

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4r100/e4od vs zf5/zf6

A zf6 is stronger out of the box then a 4r100.
Personally, I love my zf6 and don't see myself changing back to auto.
But as he said, if your looking to get around 400hp definitely upgrade the clutch.

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I looked at a 2000 250 with a zf6 it drives nice but the clutch is fussy going into reverse what could be wrong ever other gear is fine....

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Synchros probably, one thing to keep in mind is how much shifting you want to do, if at all, the stick is much better suited for towing IMHO, but I have kids and ride alone with them often, so I'm not fiddling with it much, that and I like eating my burrito while steering with my knees and not shifting

If I only towed with it I'd do a stick tho, but it's my DD too
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How many km on the truck?


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im having trouble making my mind up on which one to get i plan on doing some towing and the truck will be my daliy driver too so ill have to rely on it....
Have you driven a HD truck before with a manual? If not, you will want to make sure it's something that you will not mind. Test drive some of these manual trucks, if you can find some.

If the auto is not already been built, that is something to consider as it will most likely in the future need to be especially if you start adding power. Upgrading the trans in a diesel truck is just part of the name of the game. It is a several thousand dollar expense.

To put a stronger clutch in a manual is considerably less than rebuilding an auto.

Driving a manual, especially in a HD truck, takes the right person. It is not for everybody, that is for sure. The manual is for a true vehicle enthusiast who appreciates having the involved experience of having as much control over your driving experience as possible. If this is you, then it may be up your alley. If you do not care so much about that sort of thing, then honestly, you probably will not like it at all.

You'll find the small majority of folks that drive a manual diehard enthusiasts that wouldn't have it any other way and the ones that don't claim they would never in a million years step close to a handshaker.

You'll know which side of the fence you fall on pretty quick once you drive one.
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test drive, test drive, then test drive some more. I have a zf6 truck. For what i do, its pain in the ***. I wish I would have gotten an auto. I know once i start hualing around a race car i might like it better, but honestly, at this point im thinking about selling it off, or sucking it up and trying to swap an auto in.
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Have you driven a HD truck before with a manual? If not, you will want to make sure it's something that you will not mind. Test drive some of these manual trucks, if you can find some.

If the auto is not already been built, that is something to consider as it will most likely in the future need to be especially if you start adding power. Upgrading the trans in a diesel truck is just part of the name of the game. It is a several thousand dollar expense.

To put a stronger clutch in a manual is considerably less than rebuilding an auto.

Driving a manual, especially in a HD truck, takes the right person. It is not for everybody, that is for sure. The manual is for a true vehicle enthusiast who appreciates having the involved experience of having as much control over your driving experience as possible. If this is you, then it may be up your alley. If you do not care so much about that sort of thing, then honestly, you probably will not like it at all.

You'll find the small majority of folks that drive a manual diehard enthusiasts that wouldn't have it any other way and the ones that don't claim they would never in a million years step close to a handshaker.

You'll know which side of the fence you fall on pretty quick once you drive one.
I cannot totally agree here, my trucks are auto, my cars are stick, it's a slightly higher expense, but unless I'm loaded and headin for hills I have no issue being auto
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