Originally Posted by SFC_Medina
Good evening fellas. I have a buddy who has a stock 2000 Sahara; he has a bad clutch and the guy at the auto part shop is trying to sell him a more expensive "Centerforce Dual Friction" clutch and told him that it would perform better than with a regular original jeep clutch. What advatages/ disadvantages would the "Centerforce Dual Friction" clutch have over an original?
The auto parts shop is wrong, Centerforce clutches are designed with a cetrifugal mechanism to make them lock up harder with high rpms like for high HP/high rpm racing applications. It's also nearly double the cost of what is really needed for a Jeep. It's not a good clutch for a Jeep though it is good for a race vehicle.
Have him stick with the OE Luk brand clutch. Mine had over 167,000 miles on it when I decided to change it but when I got it out, it was plain to see it had plenty of life on it and it could easily have gone over 200K miles.
Have him get a complete Luk clutch kit for around $140 from Dial-A-Clutch - Your LuK Clutch Kit Specialist
which includes the clutch disk, pressure plate, throwout bearing, pilot bearing, and pilot shaft.
My OE clutch, made by Luk, withstood MAJOR abuse in the 167,000 miles it was in my Jeep and was literally smoked many times while rock crawling. He will not be able to replace his clutch with a better clutch than a Luk.
Here's a good photo of my TJ with clutch smoke pouring out of it several years before I replaced. It wasn't slipping when I decided to replace it, it was just out of concern over a major rock crawling trip coming up where I didn't want a clutch with so many miles on it possibly going out and causing trouble for everyone.