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4WD Activation: Lever or Push Button?

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by Big_Mike, Aug 11, 2013.

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4WD Lever or Pushbutton

  1. Lever

    9 vote(s)
    56.3%
  2. Push-button

    6 vote(s)
    37.5%
  3. No preference

    1 vote(s)
    6.3%
  1. Big_Mike

    Big_Mike New Member

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    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?
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  2. packerhead78

    packerhead78 New Member

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    I like the push button personally. I have one on my 97 k1500 just seems like it goes quicker and smoother.
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  3. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Moderator

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    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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  4. Drake_korthos

    Drake_korthos New Member

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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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  5. 08silverado3500hd

    08silverado3500hd New Member

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    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.
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  6. BornAgainBiker55

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    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.
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  7. RayVoy

    RayVoy Active Member

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    I like the manual shift as well, and btw, you can still get it in the WD trim level.
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  8. kinson33

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    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 :great:
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  9. reggiecab2000

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

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    4wd and manual trans shifters are my preference
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  11. ahm1127

    ahm1127 New Member

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    Manual shifter, pull the lever & your locked, hit the cute little button & pray the light stops flashing at the right spot! Should be an option!
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  12. ChromeSilver02

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    My Ford as a lever, where I can definitely trust that it is in 4wd. The truck came with auto hubs also and well they failed me when I was going into a mud hole, so had a time getting out of that one. Now I have manual hubs which I like as long as I remember to get out and lock them before playing lol
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  13. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

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    gota go with the manual shifter. although i like the push button 4x4 better then the flimsy little twist nob in the 07-13s...

    my buddy bought a 07 classic not long ago. kind of a unicorn truck, Z71 lt extended cab, steering wheel controls, auto climate control with a manual floor shift 4x4. once i pointed that out to him he was sold.

    ALex
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  14. KyleZ71

    KyleZ71 New Member

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    Always had push buttons in the family, but I would like a lever so I know it's locked in. No room for sensors or senders to go bad
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  15. ChevyFan

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    This should be a poll option.
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  16. erickirby12

    erickirby12 New Member

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    Definitely the manual leaver its more reliable
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  17. summitwhite11

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    I dont mind the dash switch, 2000 blazer , 2002 trailblazer, 2007 trailblazer and 2011 z71 all with the dash switch, the only failure I have had was the 2000 blazer, the switch failed , a new switch was the fix. I might add, its all I have ever had so I dont know first hand any other way.
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  18. pmf608

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    I have a 2003 Avalanche with the autotrac push-button 4wd, and a 2003 Sierra 3500 Duramax with the lever to control the 4wd. The Avalanche is fantastic in the winter because if I'm doing a lot of city driving or on a road that gets slippery, I can set it to automatic and it engages quickly when it senses slippage. I love it - it works really nicely.

    On the other hand, most of the time when I need 4wd low, it's not convenient to put the truck in neutral to engage it - and if you're stopped instead of moving slowly it jams into 4lo with a huge thunk. The lever system lets me engage it easily at any time if I'm going slow enough. It's not as nice in the winter, but on a truck of that weighs in a bit over 8,500 lbs I get pretty good traction on any road and very rarely need the 4x4.
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  19. Crawdaddy

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    One poll created :great:
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  20. marksoldtowne

    marksoldtowne New Member

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    hello,I prefer a shifter, there is nothing like moving moving the lever and feeling. I've had both up here, and when driving up and heading to the slopes the push-button is much more convenient, when everything works.
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