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Old 03-28-2016, 11:28 PM
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I've got 111,000 miles on my rig and not sure if it has the original clutch. How many miles should I expect to get out of my original clutch?

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I've got 111,000 miles on my rig and not sure if it has the original clutch. How many miles should I expect to get out of my original clutch?
A lot depends on how it's been driven. TJ clutches usually last anywhere from about 120K to close to 200K miles. Most of the ones I've seen are between 130K and 150K miles when they fail.

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It's not uncommon for a TJ clutch, even when used hard, to make it past 200k miles.
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I've got 111,000 miles on my rig and not sure if it has the original clutch. How many miles should I expect to get out of my original clutch?
I had to replace my '03 original clutch 2 years ago at 136k miles
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I got 164,000 out of my original clutch. It didn't fail when I replaced it but was starting to slip and I ruined it after that getting stuck in mud. Otherwise I'd probably still be on that same clutch.
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This is my previous TJ's clutch smoking on while doing the Gatekeeper in Doran Canyon years ago at about 120k miles on the clutch. It was smoked a number of times over the years on similar trails. Out of caution due to an even tougher trail coming up called Sledgehammer, I changed it at about 161k miles and when I pulled the OE clutch, it still had plenty of life left on it.

I expected it to be completely worn out when I pulled it at about 185k miles to convert the 5-speed transmission to the 32RH automatic transmission. It still had plenty of life left on it. It very likely would have made it past 200k miles even with the type of abuse I had subjected it to.
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I expected it to be completely worn out when I pulled it at about 185k miles to convert the 5-speed transmission to the 32RH automatic transmission. It still had plenty of life left on it. It very likely would have made it past 200k miles even with the type of abuse I had subjected it to.
That photo is golden. Perfect timing in all

My clutch was prematurely failing at around 40k miles (probably had another 10k left of life) maybe that's because it was the 6 speed and being a 2005 with the stupid issues they had.
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It depends, some might last the life of the vehicle, others not so long. The driver and driving conditions are a big factor. I've sent quite a few vehicles to the junkyard with the original clutch, I lost a few due to rear main seal leaks, or the slave cylinder springing a leak. I sold a girl a brand spanking new Honda Civic, the clutch was toast in 500 miles. Bottom line, there is no cut and dry answer.
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231,000 on the original clutch.


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Thanks for all the input. Looks like I don't need to worry about the clutch spitting the bit out on the trail. Should get at least another 50k out of it.

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