I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: I think I just burned up the clutch!!!!!
At 4,500 rpm's you'll snap the entire drivetrain if it connects.
NEVER go that high unless you're in mud and STILL MOVING FORWARD.
Geeze, I always see throttle jockeys out there, people who don't understand that slower is better and a spinning tire gets no traction.
OK, down off the soap box now.
If you were spinning it up that high, I'll bet you were smelling rubber from the tires and not the clutch. The TJ's have a hydraulic clutch setup, very reliable and very positive unless you're slipping it on purpose. We have 94K on our clutch, still positive enough to chirp the tires on every corner and not a threat of slipping.
If you're hung up, take the stock jack out from under the seat and jack up one corner at a time, then shove logs underneath. Do this enough times and you can drive right off. A friend and I spent 2 hours doing this with a bottle jack one night in the middle of the woods, and all 4 were off the ground (high centered on some skidder ruts). Needless to say, a Hi-Lift is worth it's weight in gold right about then.
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled, It's a Jeep, Chevy, IHC kinda thing!
'88.5 Zuki, 7" Lift, Locked, Swamped, Rolled, and just generally broken in right!