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Alrighty then…now I got your attention, I know this subject has been discussed before and I have been reading different posts, but here’s what I got. I had a 98 12v regular cab 5 spd, and sold it because I wanted an extended cab/quad cab. I found a 98 12v quad cab long box, but with an auto. After extensive debating with myself, I decided to get it. Now I have the thought to convert it to a manual. I don’t mind the auto, its stock. But I miss the being able to control what gear you are in, getting the power to the ground in every gear, and shifting sometimes. Plus manuals just seem simpler and more straight forward as far as maintenance and if anything would ever go wrong. So I was looking for feedback, opinions, and truths, whatever. I’m wondering if I should do the conversion, or keep the auto and build it up? I have 4000 GSK, #10 plate, plan on getting some DDP stage 2 or 3 injectors, and maybe twin turbos, and that would be about it. I also pull a gooseneck occasionally hauling equipment, pull a travel trailer, and I would like to be able to sled pull every now and then. If I put a manual in I would put in a dual disk clutch that can be sled pulled as well as street able. Does anyone have a dual disk clutch and pull a trailer regularly and sled pull? How is it on the street with the trailer? Same question for an auto? How much would you have to build one up for my application? Anyone run an auto pulling trailers a lot and sled pull at all? How often do you change the fluid on a built up tranny to prolong its life? Any feedback and opinions would be appreciated! Thanks!
 

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No nekid girls?
 

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Alright where are they????
 

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Dang it:lol3: I would build the snot out of the auto, put o t/c lockup switch, and have fun...But if you really want the stick, go for it but towing I would stay away from the DD. I have heard they are grabby.
 

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HEY!!! Somethings wrong here! I don't see any chicks!!
 

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I have a dual disk and its not bad towing at all. Actually seems to work better with a little weight behind it.
 

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The automatic will be much more user friendly for the variety of tasks, But I would rather have a manual any day. The place that it might get a little hairy is backing up to hook up to the trailer. Its those times when 2wd low is worth its weight in gold.

The swap would also be a great time to go to a 6-speed for the gearing options.

Now I'm going to enjoy my dissapointment and remember not to trust the tiltes :CRY:
 

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well you got my attention for sure. but personally i love the manual trans much less hassle and much cheaper to upgrade with just a new clutch, for what u want, u are going to have to do some work with the auto. the only time i would have an auto is if it was strictly a drag truck or pulling truck and i would make sure it isnt going to blow up on me. but it cost so much to beef up an auto. i think its time you did the conversion. plus driving stick is so much fun!!!
 

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A fully built auto is in the $4,000+ range plus install. A manual is around $3,000 plus install, plus maybe $400 to install an upgraded mainshaft if you wanted to fix the 5th gear problem that way.

The auto is going to be 10 times more street friendly, and will do almost everything the manual can and be quicker down the 1/4. The auto will drive about the same when built for 1000hp or 500hp. The manual will be a sled pulling animal, and give you a great leg workout while you drive :thumbsup
 
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