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What is the best way to use an Auto tranny offroad? Other than shifting into 4 low should I limit the gears to first and second or should I use all 5 excluding overdrive? I've never wheeled an auto so any advice would help.
 

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I run 4-hi till an obstacle that requires 4-lo then depending on the obatacle use drive or 1st. Also use 4-lo and 1st gear when going down large hills. saves brakes.
shouldn't be much different then wheeling a manual.
 

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Thanks! I figured that it would be pretty much the same as manual, but wanted the opinion of someone with experiance!
 

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It varies greatly with the type of terrain you ride in. I'm in my first auto 4x & i gotta say..i'll never clutch it again. You'll get more comfy the more you ride. Gee, that sucks...now ya GOTTA ride more..
 

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I'm was just wondering for rocks and hill climbs mainly. Obviously for deep mud and sand that kind of wheeling will require 4 hi. In my 02 taco when I was going slow up hills I usually only used 1st and 2nd. My main concern is wear on the tranny, and I don't want to put undo stress on it if it's avoidable.
 

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for rocks & climbs i run 4 lo & 1st till i need some wheel speed..then hit 2nd (i rarely use drive..i don't like surprises when i'm climbing) just dont bury the throttle when you shift. Try to shift easy & save the axles.
 

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tbrown said:
What is the best way to use an Auto tranny offroad? Other than shifting into 4 low should I limit the gears to first and second or should I use all 5 excluding overdrive? I've never wheeled an auto so any advice would help.
This is highly dependent on the terrrain and the speed. If the speeds are going to be less than 20 to 25 all day put it in 4 lo and stay there. On easy stuff or just cruising down the trail put it in drive. The torque converter will ock up and keep the tranny cooler all day than if you are in 4 hi.

On an obstacle I usually put the selector on 1 or 2(usually 1 since I don't want it shifting unexpectadly). The auto tranny is actually very fun to wheel with.
 
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