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Which is better for a 12v? im looking at a couple different trucks. One has a built auto able to hold 450ish hp and another is a full DTT, but its a reg cab...which i dont really want. Other is a 5 speed with a south bend clutch able to hold 550 hp. which is the best for a 12v? a built auto or built manual? also, which is cheaper to own?
 

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I would go with the manual. if you pull with the auto, it might go and thats real expensive all over again, but i could be wrong
 

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Autos belong in mini vans. Not diesels. :T:

I learned that the hard way with my 98. I'm finally fixing that.
 

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If its a built auto it should be good. A good built auto will be stonger than a manual, theres a reason why you dont see manuals at the drags in high HP, monster trucks, etc.
 

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yeah auto hands down for speed, manual hands down for fun.
 

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Depends on what floats your boat. I like manuals for dependability, and autos for ease of operation. Two of my trucks have NV 4500's and one has 4L80E automatic. Soon one of the NV4500's will have a Gear Vendors Over/Under drive behind it. I use the NV4500 to pull my 10,000 plus Heritage Wilderness 27 Foot Travel Trailer. And the 4L80E to pull my 33 foot 5th wheel and 26 foot boat.
 

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Autos belong in mini vans. Not diesels. :T:

I learned that the hard way with my 98. I'm finally fixing that.
The older auto's , yes.....but the newer autos are sooooo much stronger. I ran mine stock up to 36k when the warranty expired,then had it built.No issues with mine at all....and I'm not easy on it.
 

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Auto vs Standard or reg cab vs ext cab? Out of the four I would choose the ext cab, then standard tranny, then auto tranny, and last of all the reg cab. Just my 2 cents.
 

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I love manuals... I like the traction control with one (and the anti traction control) but yes an auto will lay down faster E.T's.... If I could help it and was physically able I'd never own an auto. But I did just rebuild mine 2k ago, bearings went bad (freak thing?) and the clutch was toast... rivets turn out to be really grabby, almost like a real clutch!!! and the autos are notorious for crapping out... when you say built do you mean built parts or truelly built? big difference!!! good luck, BTW i love my ext cab... I'd hold out if you want all this in one, it will happen.
 

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Get what you would be happy with. One of my trucks is auto and the other a 5 speed. I enjoy driving my 5 speed more because I have more fun banging the gears. My wife drives the auto because shes too lazy to push a pedal.
 

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personally i would go for the stick. I enjoy rowing the gears as compared to an auto thats just 'mash and go'

If you really want to get technical about the drag thing. yea you do see alot of autos at the strip and in monster trucks, but how often do you think they replace them? They are lucky to get a few runs out of it, but the cost is worth it because of the lower ETs!

Then if we look more in depth, they are running powerglides and 3spds that have thousands of dollars worth of upgrades. A PG or 3spd isnt very practical for a daily driver!
 

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A built auto and built manuals aren't what he's comparing either, a built auto to a stock 5 spd, with an upgraded clutch..then the 5th gear nut comes into play correct? id take the built auto, for the ext cab, when you can always spend a few grand to drop in a goerends -Jake
 

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I would hardly consider a manual with a fifth gear nut fix built. Yes it is expensive to replace the shaft, but a few tach welds does a nice job. The 5th gear problem is not horsepower related, and mostly effected by driving style. An NV4500 will hold 1000hp the same w/ or w/o an updated mainshaft and nut. If it does go, no damage is done and the truck still drives fine in all other gears.
 

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the 12 valve autos tend to blow..my friend has a 97 5 speed and just with some pump work and fuel plate work he can gain speed pulling a rock saw going up hill...and he has no problems with it...id go with the stick cuz they are more reliable and have more power!
 
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