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Old 07-04-2014, 12:51 AM
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I got a call from a buddy of mine that down by his house a dealer had a tradesman with a manual. I decided since I'd be in the neighborhood that I'd go give it a go.

I was much happier with the performance from the manual overall. I felt like the auto's turbo lag was excessive and I couldn't get the truck moving fast enough. The manual was a different story. I could definitely tell where the turbo came on strong, but the lower gears really made a difference to me.

The sales folks were actually really nice and somewhat helpful even knowing I couldn't buy today. I've still got about $500-1K to spend to get my truck back to 100% so I think I'm going to actually talk to my wife about the truck.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:46 AM
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NICE, I test drove one back in '09, a RCLB with roll up windows, and it was impressive. I got a kick how nicely the clutch engaged considering it had 650ft-lbs...
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I was set on a manual, truck I just sold had one, until I drove a Ram with one. Just too tight of a clutch and a PITA in town I thought. Very touchy. I was also knowing I would miss the remote start that you can't get with the manual.

So I bought an auto and am glad I did. I love how it shifts and everything else about it, so very happy with the choice....but I was nail biting making the decision.

I think both setups are good choices, just personal preference.
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I would be interested in towing with the manual tranny. Had to deliver a customers trailer today in our 2014 3500 with an aisin tranny. . Tows like a dream and only time it ever hit 2000 rpm was when I was putting er down. It was 120km each way of hilly backroad through the country.
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It might just be me, but I just feel like that first gear coupled with the 3.42 axles is just too high of a ratio for the truck to feel "quick". I can tell exactly where the power is but I just think lower axles or a lower first gear would help smooth that out.

Truthfully, that's the big pull, no pun intended, for me on the PowerJoke. 3.97:1 and 3.55:1 makes it feel like a beast when you have to get all that weight moving, or a load. The lower gears get a lot more of the torque to the ground.

At the end, other than I love manuals, that's the pull for the manual CTD.
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Well your not really suppose to start in 1st unless you really need that low power.
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Well your not really suppose to start in 1st unless you really need that low power.
Oops, I wasn't being clear. I meant on the auto first was too high. I love the stump pulling angry power of the granny low first that the manual has.
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It might just be me, but I just feel like that first gear coupled with the 3.42 axles is just too high of a ratio for the truck to feel "quick". I can tell exactly where the power is but I just think lower axles or a lower first gear would help smooth that out.

Truthfully, that's the big pull, no pun intended, for me on the PowerJoke. 3.97:1 and 3.55:1 makes it feel like a beast when you have to get all that weight moving, or a load. The lower gears get a lot more of the torque to the ground.

At the end, other than I love manuals, that's the pull for the manual CTD.
We have an 08 F350 reg cab long box with a 6.7L powerfail. Unloaded, it feels faster then the Cummins due to being lighter and the screaming turbo sound makes it feel faster
Overall towing though, The Cummins feels much stronger over the Ford. Yeah the Cummins may not be a little slower due to being heavier, but it feels like I could pull a whole building behind the truck and it would pull just like it was towing a 10 foot tent trailer.
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My duck hunting and fishing buddy had a 2013 manual and I have a 2013 Auto. He mainly drives to work but he pulls a ridiculously large bumper hitch camper a few times a year. He is a Ford man but he did like the cummins/Manual tranny combo while pulling. When we would drive to our hunting spot I was amazed how smooth his truck was. It got the same mileage as mine but like someone else mentioned it got the load rolling a little quicker. He decided to sell it 6-8 months ago to get an auto because its mainly a daily driver. Our local ram dealer couldn't get right on the price so he got a ford 6.7 If you are more comfortable with the manual than go with it honestly if you can't get the job done with 650ft lbs then you might want to check out the peterbuilt forums...lol...
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I bought one a couple of weeks ago. Amazing! You are right, you sure can feel the turbo. I feel I have more control of the vehicle with a manual, particularly when towing the boat. GO BACK AND GET IT!!!
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