Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Maple Valley Washington
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JW, I suppose it's all in how you like to drive, and how often you like to replace blown transmissions. I searched for three months for my 6 speed manual. I only tow lighter boats with my truck, but the shifting isn't bad at all. The transmission is very smooth, not silky smooth, but much smoother than you'd expect from a diesel truck.
The biggest deciding factor for me was that I can feel a clutch slipping and can work a slipping clutch into some sort of schedule, as well as inspecting the clutch prior to that. Automatics can leave you in the middle of the desert 100,000 miles after a rebuild, or 5 miles after a rebuild. They just blow anytime they feel like it.
I know I'll probably take some heat for this post, but it's only based on my experiences. It will be a long time before I ever own an auto. Plus, why do all the big rigs have sticks?
2001 F-250 7.3 4WD CC LB,SB CON OFE clutch, DIY 6637 intake. Superior compressor, 4"SS Magnaflow
DP-Tuner:Hi idle,60T,80T,80E,120. Diprocol boost/pyro. Overboost Annihilator. Hi-Flow turbo outlet.
4" Superlift. Springs/blocks w/ Bilsteins. 315/75-16 Toyo M/T's. 35" spare underneath. Truetrac
Alpine deck, Infinity 6x8's, Kicker Comp 10", JBL 6x60 amp, 1.2 MFD cap.
Glasstite High Rise Cap. 7,800 empty weight.