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Old August 19th, 2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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Question What is a good clutch?

I know there are many brands, but I'm looking for a good one that will be good for what I do (DD and wheeling). I'm thinking about a Centerforce dual friction, but am unsure how well it performs. What do you guys run? Thanks I appreciate it
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Old August 20th, 2012, 04:49 AM   #2
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I run a regular Valeo. It does everything it needs to without the stiff pedal.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 05:45 AM   #3
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I have to wheeling buds that run the center force stage 2, one in a yj, other in tj. They both hold well (dont slip), pedal effort is not much over stock, but the centrifugal weights like to get hung up with sand/mud/dirt. If you frequent the mud, I would not choose the center force. I have heard good things about the LUK clutch, but I heard there throw out bearings are not that great. If I were to do a clutch in one of my jeeps it would be the LUK disk & pressure plate, and some other brand t/o bearing!
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Old August 20th, 2012, 05:53 AM   #4
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Old August 20th, 2012, 06:27 AM   #5
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Lk pro gold. About 150 bucks shipped from partsgeek.com
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x2 on luk i bought the regular luk for my 2000 sport when my old clutch's throw out went. I bought the regular luk at pep boys, its been in my jeep for a little over a year now no problems I mostly dd with mild wheeling here and there. I went with the regular luk because they say luk is the clutch that comes stock in them. I didnt go with the luk gold because i didnt want the extra wear and tear on my master cyl/ slave.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #8
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Old August 28th, 2012, 11:03 AM   #9
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I've had the best results with the LUK clutches, been using them for years in Fords & Toyotas with no issues. Northern Auto Parts ususally has good prices on them.
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I've been running Centerforce clutches for over 20 years through sand, mud & water without EVER having a weight get stuck or any other problem. Great hold and long lasting. I can't imagine how anyone with a PROPERLY installed bellhousing dust cover would get enough mud on a spinning flywheel/pressure plate to get the weights stuck.
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Run whatever Autozone sells you. Until you regear your going to be supper hard on you clutch. There's no reason to get a supper grabby clutch just to have to slip the piss out of it all the time. That's why I would just run an Autozone one for now and warranty it out when it dies (life time warranty).
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 11:32 PM   #12
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Autozone is what I'm running for now. Can't believe I had to order a Duralast clutch Lol. Seems like a clutch for a Jeep is something they would have kept on the shelf in a good size quantity. Duralast clutch is working good. Glad it has the warranty on it like my brakes.
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99% of clutch kits are made by one company,perfection. They are marketed under every name you can imagine duralast ,zoom,borgwarner,valeo just to name a few.
You can buy a duralast for less then $150 or a borg warner like I did for $225. Open the box and it is the same part number.
I think most problems with clutches going out prematurely in jeeps are caused be the rear main seal leaking oil all over them.
I have run hayes and centerforce in my cars for years,they work fine in most applications.
My third gen camaro runs a small 10 1/2" clutch disk.Every clutch I ever put in it would spin the tires a little in third gear,then slip the clutch. I put a spec stage three iirc in it and could do 500' burnouts in third,never smoking the clutch.
I would look at spec,or luk if I was putting another clutch in my jeep.The pos perfection clutch I put in held up fine except the plastic throwout bearing busted.
What ever brand you buy go to napa and buy a steel throwout bearing if it comes with plastic.
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x2 on the seperate throwout bearing. I put a NAPA kit (made by LUK) in a few monthes back and the TO bearing was all steel, recently a friend bought the same kit and the TO bearings are now plastic and stamped steel.

you want a TO bearing that looks like this:


Not like this (the one on top):
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I have to wheeling buds that run the center force stage 2, one in a yj, other in tj. They both hold well (dont slip), pedal effort is not much over stock, but the centrifugal weights like to get hung up with sand/mud/dirt. If you frequent the mud, I would not choose the center force. I have heard good things about the LUK clutch, but I heard there throw out bearings are not that great. If I were to do a clutch in one of my jeeps it would be the LUK disk & pressure plate, and some other brand t/o bearing!
yeah I dislike the weights in there, if/when they get dislodged you get an imbalance causing a nasty vibration and if it gets bad enough the circle of weights become off-centered and start to rotate funny and the weights will dig into the throw out bearing.

This has happened to me personally actually. After 2 throwout bearings in a year I just cut the weights off and used the clutch for another year or two without any problems.
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