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post #1 of 24 Old 09-12-2011, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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plowing in pickup with a manual?

Looking at a nice newer truck. Its exactly what I want except that its a manual. All my other trucks are auto. Am I going to regret buying the truck to plow/salt with if it has a stick shift? Any input would be appreciated. BTW, its a dodge/cummins/6spd.

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post #2 of 24 Old 09-13-2011, 02:11 AM
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I think most of us here have plowed with a stick at one point or another. I wouldn't want to hit a big driveway route with one, but roads/parking lots aren't so bad.

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You might regret it after a long drawn out storm, might get a serious case of clutch leg. Newer vehicles might not be as bad, I'm thinking back to an old Ford dump I spent a few storms in!!!
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FWIW.

I plowed the dealership for 10 years with a GMC diesel. Never bothered me.
But I am "bionic" in my left hip now. lol

I can't say that had anything to do with it but i prefer a STD over auto for plowing. I'm much faster stacking and then backing out before the pile comes back down. You would tear an auto to pieces trying that.

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I spent many storms behind the wheel of Bill's 94 F350 5 spd and I fell in love with that truck when it comes to plowing. It may be a bit more tiresome but as Mike said you do get a greater sense of control with certain manuevers.
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I plowed with sticks for 30+ years before I got my first auto. I won't go backk!
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Pass on that truck, another will come soon enough. ! Although my Jeep is a standard, that clutch is so easy to hold down I can run my 7 hour route with it without any knee problems.. Im sure that dodge clutch is much harder to hold down, just remember you know you will NOT have a sore knee or leg with an automatic, with a standard your taking your chances, then we get to see or read about you not liking it for plowing...

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Don't be a WUSS! Plowing is no excuse to drive a slushbox. I just replaced my stick shift plow truck with another one. The only thing I don't like about plowing with a manual is shifting in and out of low because I always plow in low where with an auto I wouldn't.
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thanks all for the input. Would your response change if I said I was going to put one of my better drivers in it and not me?

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thanks all for the input. Would your response change if I said I was going to put one of my better drivers in it and not me?
id be mad as hell if someone put me in a standard to plow with but i love my auto and i have problems with my hip anyhow

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thanks all for the input. Would your response change if I said I was going to put one of my better drivers in it and not me?
Yes. I'll drive a manual myself but I wouldn't buy a manual for the help to drive.

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CJ with a three speed; only manual I've ever liked plowing with.

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One thing to consider is that reverse gears are generally numerically lower, and therefore slower, than an auto when backing up any distance. Bill C
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post #14 of 24 Old 09-23-2011, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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thanks all. Ended up getting it. Told that south bend clutches may have a replacement clutch that makes the truck clutch as soft as a honda. If thats the case, I will get it and this will likely be the ideal truck for us. Any comments on that clutch kit?

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> makes the truck clutch as soft as a honda.

Ummm.... I dunno nothing about the South Bend clutch, but I own a Honda, and I _dislike_ the clutch.

Although I learned to drive on a 1966 mushamatic, I've shifted 1953 GMC, 1961 Willys, 1991 Miata, 1973 Ford box-truck, 1972 BSA, 1991 Chevy 2500HD no-problem.

My brand-new 2002 Honda Acord, I had trouble at first, but I figured I was out of practice (had a 1979 T-Bird too long) and maybe it had to break-in. Stall. Jerk. Grab. Slip. Stall. Can't feather the darn thing. Plus the hi-strung engine has no bottom.

A month later my brother came by with his 1941 Plymouth. I start to feather that clutch and I notice the bushes moving... that's how a (non-race) clutch _should_ work. Ya shouldn't have to fight it. (And everyday engines should grunt down to 600RPM.)

10 years and 120,000 miles later, the Honda is still exactly the same.

It may be a factory-bad. A friend with an older manual Accord got in and stalled it. A mechanic commented on it. So maybe most Honda cluches are fine.
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From what I see on the Dodge Diesel website. Many of them guys with manual transmissions and cranked up trucks are using the South Bend clutches since they can hold the power and torque of a Cummins...

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thanks guys. My driver has been using it for the mowing routes recently and he really likes it. We are going to put some new rubber on it soon and love on it for as long as we can.

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this is by far and away my favorite truck of my 4. We ran a 3.5 yard salter on it last winter and even with an open rear end it did great. We had to rebuild the dana 80 rear end this summer and now it has a locking rear end in it. After the clutch and rear end, Im not sure what else could significantly go wrong on this now. Heres to the next 230k miles

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What locker did you put in it?

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not sure Chris. I can find out if you want.

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My 99 Ranger was 5 speed and I did 10-12 driveways without a problem. Given the choice I would do an auto though, I am glad it is working out for you.

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I have a truck like the one your talking about. I put the southbend in at 19000 miles. I have 35000 on it now and am buying another clutch. I tow heavy and think that I just over worked it. Not sure. Southbend is giving a part warranty on it. But its not like driving a honda. Its harder pedal for sure then stock. Im going with a dual disc next time.

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South bend clutches are made in south bend Indiana. They handle the torque of a Cummins. The biggest advantage in a 6.7 is it gets rid of the dual mass flywheel and gives you much better friction material. If your not turning it up much I'd stick with a single disk. The dual disks handle more torque but sometime shift harder because of the extra mass turning. The floater plate also can get annoying in a dual disk.

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