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No manual long bed - why?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by MountainEarth, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Apr 21, 2011 at 3:35 PM
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    MountainEarth

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    So I have a theory why there's no manual transmission available in the long bed, but first, I want to hear other people's ideas. You know ... so I don't look stoopid. Derp.
     
  2. Apr 21, 2011 at 3:39 PM
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    the same reason there is no offroad version for the long bed.... I dont know why
     
  3. Apr 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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    double cab means you have people to ride in your cab and dont want to be shifting a lot, and long bed means your not going off road (usually), so no reason for a manual.
     
  6. Apr 21, 2011 at 3:43 PM
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    I would have picked up the LB in a second if it was an option. Fitting stuff in the short bed takes some creative problem solving.
     
  7. Apr 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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    Good ideas.

    But the DC short bed comes with a manual so it can't be about the cab.

    And plenty of people off road with a DCLB.
     
  8. Apr 21, 2011 at 3:48 PM
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    but how many "TRD Offroad" owners actually put their truck in those situations. But I see where you are coming from
     
  9. Apr 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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    I would bet its economics. Not enough people interested in a long bed manual to justify the cost of having another option that the factory has to get right in production
     
  10. Apr 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM
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    It's the same bed as the access cab ... is the rear axle in the DCLB set further toward the front than in the access cab? I would think it would be the same. Curious what the diff in distance is from the rear axle of the DCSB to the hitch as opposed to the DCLB and AC.
     
  11. Apr 21, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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    you can buy a long bed in a manual..my buddy from work picked up one late december used.
     
  12. Apr 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM
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    But what year? Don't think any 2nd gen LB has ever had a stick.
     
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    Hmmm....where we gonna go now??? :p :D but still...:popcorn:
     
  15. Apr 21, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    Between the axles, yes. But if you're dragging the hitch, then it would only be worse on the LB if there was greater distance from the rear axle to the rear of the truck (hitch).
     
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    My theory goes along with Brow.

    Modular operations means that they can easily interchange a certain options through out the truck. (TRD/Long bed/short bed/manual/auto). The demand for the option doesnt support the labor cost of creating trucks with that option. Most likely there was a survey or they took it of historical data.

    My two cents based on college classes and being a manager in an operations facility.
     
  17. Apr 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM
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    Okay so I'll throw out a hint as to what my theory is.

    I would bet that, in general, over time, a greater percentage of DCSB guys probably end up liking their 6-speeds more than the AC guys do. And compared to the DCSB and AC guys, I would bet that a greater percentage of the LB guys .. if they could get a 6-speed .. would probably end up hating it. Especially in slippery / wet / loose conditions.
     
  18. May 29, 2011 at 5:20 PM
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    You win the prize. I think that's exactly why they don't offer it. A torque converter makes applying power to the rear wheels so much more of a gentle affair as compared to the direct drive of a manual. And with that long of a wheelbase, combined with the lightweight composite bed, I too think a LB manual would have traction problems in the rear.
     
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