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View Poll Results: 4WD Lever or Pushbutton

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  • Lever

    9 56.25%
  • Push-button

    6 37.50%
  • No preference

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  1. #1

    Default 4WD Activation: Lever or Push Button?

    Just a question to see what my fellow members think... Do you prefer the current push button 4WD activation or the "old school" shift levers like on the mid 90s and back trucks?
    Last edited by ChevyFan; 11-02-2013 at 11:01 PM.

  2. #2


    I like the push button personally. I have one on my 97 k1500 just seems like it goes quicker and smoother.

  3. #3


    I prefer a shifter, theres nothing like moving moving the lever and feeling/hearing the clunk of locking it in.
    I actually converted the t case airshifter on my rockcrawler to lever actuated.
    And while were discussing this Id rather have manual locking hubs to, automated equipment seems to have to many finnicky and delicate switches and sensors.
    Never had manual hubs and manual t case fail to lock in, unless they were frozen, then a few seconds with a propane torch fixed that problem. Cant say it was as easy to field fix automated hubs and t cases.

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    Sure do miss my lever from my '06! Somethin more satisfying engaging the 4WD that way with a reasuring "thunk".

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  6. #5


    Definitely prefer the floor levers on my '84 & '90 trucks along with the decent sized light in the instrument cluster showing that 4X4 is engaged. My '08 Silverado has a rotary dial with one little light the size of a pin head in the dial that is barely visible in the daylight.

  7. #6


    I'm going to go against the grain here. Up until I lost my last job, I had two GM Trucks from 2007. One was the classic with the lever activation (the work provided truck) and the other is my personal Silverado NBS with the "autotrac" 4WD option, the little twisty knob selector (which is now my work truck). I got to try them both out in the mud and snow etc.
    At first I hated the new knob, but when it snows out here, I found that I prefer it over the lever. I like the haste free approach. Now, if I were a serious off-road guy as opposed of a site construction supervisor, I can see the multiple benefits to the lever. As mentioned above there is far less to break being the most obvious.
    2007 Silverado 1500 NNBS - Work truck and daily driver
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  8. #7


    I like the manual shift as well, and btw, you can still get it in the WD trim level.

    '09 Avalanche LTZ - Black
    '05 Envoy XL (sold)

  9. #8


    Another one against the grain here... but still in the middle like bornagainbiker55. I've had both up here, and when driving up i70 heading to the slopes the push-button is much more convenient, when everything works. Quite a few more components that could fail but for my DD I like the convenience factor. With that said... if I get a company car I wouldn't mind throwing a 5 or 6 speed manual shift as well as lever for the t-case
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  10. #9


    lever for sure, just cant trust electronics all the time when you need them most
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  11. #10


    4wd and manual trans shifters are my preference

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