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Hey Guys,

I have a '97 Jeep Wrangler Sport (6cyl) and the clutch is about gone.... I'm looking to purchase a "better than average" kit. Ideas? Also, what else should I replace while the transmission is out?

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Replace the clutch, throwout bearing, and pilot bearing while you're in there... and all of those parts are typically contained in a clutch kit.

The best possible clutch brand I can recommend is also the same clutch the factory installs, Luk, which can easily exceed 200K miles in normal use. I literally smoked my Luk clutch while rock crawling many times and at 161K miles when I changed it out of precaution, I was surprised it still had plenty of life on it and I had no doubt it would have made it another 40K miles as abused as it was in my heavily offroaded Jeep.

You can find Luk clutche kits very inexpensively all over including eBay. I would avoid the heavily marketed and grossly overpriced Centerforce brand. It is no heavier duty and provides no better "performance" than the standard Luk clutch does.

Finally, you may find both the standard and Gold clutch kits... the Gold will last no longer, it is just noisier and is made more for truck applications. The standard Luk kit is very hard to beat, especially considering they are fairly inexpensive to buy.

The smoke you see coming out of my previous TJ was clutch smoke... and I continued driving on that Luk clutch another 40-50K miles after that photo was taken. The trail in the pic is the opening Gatekeeper in Doran Canyon Calif.
 

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A stock clutch in my jeep will last about 6 months tops! The Centerforce clutch lasted me 2 years. and i run a 2.5L and big tires.
A well driven clutch should rarely ever need replaced. You may want to invest in some gears to avoid slipping that clutch so bad. Or just learn to drive stick..
 

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I had to replace mine at 115k cause it was at 10% and slipping. But then again there was 3 previous owners and who knows how many times they smoked it.
 

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A stock clutch in my jeep will last about 6 months tops! The Centerforce clutch lasted me 2 years. and i run a 2.5L and big tires.
Sounds like you're either driving with the wrong gear ratio for those big tires or something is going on with how you are driving your manual transmission. Even after abusing my TJ's clutch on a regular basis it was still in good condition at 161k miles when I swapped it.

And are your "big tires" bigger than the 35" I was running on my TJ in the above photo?
 

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A stock clutch in my jeep will last about 6 months tops! The Centerforce clutch lasted me 2 years. and i run a 2.5L and big tires.
Yeah, I think you're doing it wrong.

I 2nd the Luk brand. That's what I just put in my TJ and i'm very happy with the results. It's pretty inexpensive as well.
 

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I just swapped out what I was told was the original clutch with 188K on it and it still looked really good for 188K. The throw out bearing is what went bad on mine.
 

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I am in mud and water mostly. i run 38.5" boggers. clutch was fine with 36" km2.s. but not a good tire in my neck of the woods. lol. My rig is offroad only. not a DD and when i drive it is hard driving. I also compete lots with it, so i know how to drive! LMAO!! 4 banger clutch is pretty small and tires are pretty heavy. Put i dont mind changing out a clutch its easy, i do all my maintence on it which is quite a bit, anyway thanks for the comments guys, could go lower gears but would be way to low.
 

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Ya thats what i am thinking. Repack my wheel bearings twice a yr, and change diff, t-case oil about 4 times a yr. plus tranny. lol. brakes about 2 yrs
 

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Thanks for the posts!

I'm running 35's with no gear change to my knowledge... I checked the tags on the chunk and the numbers don't match/resemble any gear ratio.
So with that being said, it's it worth just getting a heavy duty clutch or changing gears and getting a standard one?
 

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majestik28 said:
Thanks for the posts!

I'm running 35's with no gear change to my knowledge... I checked the tags on the chunk and the numbers don't match/resemble any gear ratio.
So with that being said, it's it worth just getting a heavy duty clutch or changing gears and getting a standard one?
Gears and a standard one. A HD clutch will cause nothing but problems
 

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Derp...why do you feel that an HD clutch will cause some inherent issue. We manufacture and sell thousands of performance clutch assemblies so I can;t help but question your mentality on this? Did you have an issue with an aftermarket kit in the past?
 

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Derp...why do you feel that an HD clutch will cause some inherent issue. We manufacture and sell thousands of performance clutch assemblies so I can;t help but question your mentality on this? Did you have an issue with an aftermarket kit in the past?
Theirs no need for it. The HD luk kit operates and slips awkwardly in a jeep. I've ridden and driven another that had the HD and it was the same way as the one HD one I had one and it was professionally installed bla bla bla.

I bought a standard LUK and it felt like stock. Perfect.

I came to terms with the fact that It's a jeep not a race car and that it doesn't need an HD clutch.
 
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