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View Poll Results: Automatic or stick?
Automatic 17 30.91%
Stick 38 69.09%
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Old 05-30-2009, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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it was similar, but I was in an auto mech program at the time so we had the "plans" and just did it ourselves. I can say the tranny outlasted the motor. Though my smallblock had the 4 bolt main and was pretty hefty on the bottom end, one toooooo many burnouts ( ok, we lived out in the stix, what else were we to do?? ) and I ended up with some nicely twisted rods, and bearings seizing up. But the tranny held up fine! At least i think it did... car ended up being parted out.
sniff sniff....
Both myself and one of my brothers put shift kits in our Mopars shortly after we owned them. My '66 Dart GT V-8 and my brother's '66 Plymouth Fury III.
As was mentioned, with the B&M shift kit, some things are taken out like the accumulator spring which only softens the shift; it's not needed anyway, and a few bb-sized balls. We both put in the shift kit ourselves, with the cars parked in the driveway.

The result was the same as yours... the transmissions on both cars lasted for many years with no problems at all. The shift kits provided hard shifts (which is what I wanted) and both of our cars could easily chirp the tires.

For my current '69 Cadillac Fleetwood, I went the other route and had a Trans-go shift kit installed. This one provides firm but not hard shifts, a big improvement over the soft shifting it had.
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Old 05-30-2009, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Stick for fun cars
auto for commuter cars.
For me, auto for both types of cars...
(Both have automatics.)

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Old 05-30-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: 9B, Idaho
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Honda's tend to have some of the smoothest manuals on the market. From shifting to overall drive feel; so should be no issues there
That's my understanding as well. The clutch takeup and shifter feel should both be outstanding. I would at least test-drive one. My preference would strongly be in favor of the manual over the automatic unless you're going to be doing a lot of Los Angeles 405 freeway-style driving.
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:05 PM
 
Location: California
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Stick, stick, and stick again!
Besides, gives that left leg a good workout in traffic!
You could always go with the auto sticks/shift...and lots of cars these day, one can change back and forth...although, we've had 3or 4 of these and always drove them in the manual mode.
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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Stick, stick, and stick again!
Besides, gives that left leg a good workout in traffic!
You could always go with the auto sticks/shift...and lots of cars these day, one can change back and forth...although, we've had 3or 4 of these and always drove them in the manual mode.
Amen!

You're not really driving unless you have a stick. At least that's the way I feel. I want to participate in the driving. LOL!!

The Eclipse had a sport shift where you could shift if you wanted. I used that around town and auto when I was on the interstate. Stupid Stratus is an automatic. I hate it. I can't wait until it blows up so I can buy something with a stick again......
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