Exploring the Eastern Smokies of TN and NC.
I finally got our blog post done on our recent trip to eastern Tennessee and North Carolina to explore an area of the Smoky Mountains we had overlooked in the past. I didn't get any pictures of the spots as it was pretty late in the day, but we did ultimately get to use (an needed to) 4LO. I also used the rear locker, but it was more of a "let's see if it works right" than a need to.
I have to say, I was both happy with and disappointed at the KLs performance. At times it seemed to be brilliant, and others the computer royally messed up and didn't know exactly how to handle the terrain we were on. It also became clear the transmission programming is about as good offroad as it is on the highway. The result was excessive transmission temps for the terrain and poor fuel consumption. At least the manual mode on shifting appeared to concede to my desires a bit more than on the interstate. This however only heightened my wish to have this very vehicle in a manual gearbox and can this auto.
Anyway, If you want to read or check it out here you go... http://sevenslotsyndicate.com/blog/e...-of-tn-and-nc/