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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-05-2007, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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clutch replacement recommendations

i am replacing the clutch on the jeep (00, 4.0,nv3550). i don't need dual friction or anything, but any suggestions on what is a good replacement or what to avoid? i was hoping to buy local (napa, or discount auto if they aren't crap).

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-06-2007, 12:31 AM
 
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I put a Napa clutch in my cj7 when i rebuilt my motor. I have been completely satisfied w/ its performance, and as i recall it was not too expensive. Napa usally has good warrantees also.
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NAPA is good. Many also seem to like Luk clutches for off road. Stay away from Centerforce. There clutches may or many not work ok in racing, but they are no good at low RPM and High Torque of off road use. If you do deep water, stay away from super high friction clutch disks as they tend to be made with Organic Friction material, that absorbs water. After a Deep water Crossing the clutch grabs and chatters like hell till it drys out.

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Luk is one of the suppliers I use in the shop also.
Can't complain, haven't had any failuers that couldn't be directly attributed to the operator... (get your foot off the clutch pedal!)

I just love it when they say they don't ride the clutch, but the pad on the pedal shows corner wear and the throw out bearing looks like a wheel bearing that just ran the Indy 500...
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I'd buy the clutch from the same machine shop that resurfaces the flywheel, that way they can take some responsibility, and they have experience with the brands.
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Another prop for Luk.

Our local parts house (auto value) carries them at a reasonable price. they usually come with everything in a kit. Same place resurfaces plate for 20 bucks if I get the clutch there. Saves 10 bucks on the resurface. I have not had a failure yet.

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Thanks for the input. I will check around for Luk.

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i found a standard Luk set and also the Luk Gold series, their heavy duty version. (LuK Automotive Systems - LuK RepSet PRO GOLD SERIES) does anyone have any experience with them, or even upgrading to a heavy duty clutch over an oem clutch?

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I used a Luk Gold Series. Put it in 4 years ago and still have no problems with it.

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LuK is pretty good, along with the one you can buy from Mopar/Jeep. My clutch is the one put in at the factory. It has 110k (at least 15k-20k off-road) on it and it still feels solid (the feeling that is was going out was actually a bad U-Joint, once I fixed that, it felt great again). I would definitely check out the prices of one from Mopar.
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