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6spd VS. Auto

For a long time, I have been very seriously kickin around the idea of swapping a 6 spd into my truck. Every once in a while I decide that maybe I would rather just build my Auto, so ultimately I am undecided.

They both of course have their own pros and cons. Including the fact that I started to jack-knife my truck with a small trailer in the rain when it unexpectedly downshifted on me going around an uphill corner.


So, long story short............

Who prefers what and why? lookin for pros and cons ultimately.

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i personally would love a six speed, i just like having the total knowledge of my shifts, not whenever the trans decides to go, you also have less to worry about, to me an auto is a point in between the engine and rear that has the ability to fail, and be a real issue, i know manuals can fail too but it is a lot easier to diagnose and deal with, plus, cheaper, a clutch is like half the price of a built auto, and i like feeling the truck through more than just my right foot
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:agreed: I know exactly what you mean there. Other than the 92 F-150 I used to have and my current diesel, all my other rigs have been standards.


Part of my not being sure right now is that I may want to go to the local dragstrip on the weekends and beat the rice-rockets and other cars for fun.

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yea, i know what u mean, autoes shift quick, and diesels don't like speed shifts, but hey, built ford tough, it can deal with it, get a short shifter, and practice and it should be alright, it's lighter, if that's any consolation
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I'm a perty dang good shifter... Wasn't sure how well it would compete with a built auto....

But you think it wouldn't take too much of a hurt huh...

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if you're efficient at it no, no drops that'll keep you from beatin a front wheel drive:squish but at the same time i've never had the honor of driving a built auto, so the signals may be stronger to speed the shifts up, so i don't know, if you can outshift what you have now it'd be worth it

i think the beifits outweigh the problems, the knowledge you drive, and not just point and shoot speaks volumes, :smoke
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I was wondering how hard is it to swap to a 6 speed?

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I like the 6spd because you wont have to worry bout rebuilding the dang thing, you wont have to worry about it slippin if you plan on buying high horsepower parts and its just way more fun to rip through those gears yourself lol Good Luck!!
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