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Old 12-22-2007, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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what clutch to replace failed stock

yesterday i just got a nice 94 for 1100 with a slipping clutch and want to replace it with a good one so i have a few questions

how well do the factory clutches hold up to somwhat agresive driving some of my vehicles (v8 f150s) have awsome factory clutches i can beat on them all day and they never fail and some (previa and maxima) will start slipping when driven any harder than normal and had to upgraded to a "stage 2 or 3" so i want to make sure since i was never able to drive this with a good clutch that i dont have to replace one again for a long time

im debating on somthing like this

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/XTD-S...em190184074789

or this

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/92-02...em170178422672

or if i should just go with a stock replacment like this

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/EXEDY...em150197144093

let me know what you all think thanks
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have used aftermarket "normal" cluthes, stock clutches and Centerforce clutches. All work equally well.
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Old 12-22-2007, 05:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My original OEM clutch was still going strong at 80k miles before I burned it up in a mud hole. Its replacement (another OEM Isuzu clutch) has gone just over 120k miles so far with no signs of slippage. I drive 85% highway, though; so that puts much less stress on a clutch than daily stop and go city driving.
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have put several clutches in my 89 pickup with a bored out 2.6L. I first had one put in for me and they screwed it up and it burned up in about 20K mi. That was before I rebuilt the engine. Then I put another new oem style in myself and rebuilt the engine. It lasted about 25k miles before I broke the rivets out of the clutch disc. Then I bought a centerforce dual friction and broke the rivits out of it after about 20k miles also. Both oem style clutches had 4 rivets and the centerforce had 3 on the disc. I then had one made at a local shop in savanah, ga that was ceramic with paws, not a complete disc and 6 rivets. It has been in my truck ever since with about 75k on it now and no signs of giving up. All previuos clutches were on 31" tires and now I am on 33". I do not cut my truck any slack by no means, but the moral of the story is don't buy a clutch with less than 6 rivets on the disc unless it is an actual factory isuzu part. Because my factory original ran on 31" tires for 99k miles before it started slipping.
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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No judgement here but no one other than Isuzufool seems to have had trouble with oem style clutches.

In my 4-wheeling, I have smelled clutch many a time going on trails that I wasnt geared low enough for. Not many full power dumps but lots of slipping.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Not totally sure why I had such bad luck with clutches, but I know what I have now is awsome. I don't really do any full power dumps, but used to give it hell on the streets with 31's. I just would highly recomend not using the centerforce. The pressure plate had these weight thingys that I was told don't even do anything until over 4000 rpm's. The clutch shop sold me a pressure plate with this new clutch that looked basically stock, but had 200 more lbs of pressure than the one from centerforce.

I do know that the first one failed/burned up do to bad installation, and I found this out when I installed the next one myself.
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FYI - I also ran a Centerforce II. It seemed like it needed a little more pressure to push the clutch pedal. Other than that it performed fine for me. CF II = extra cost with no extra benefit for this application.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Got to thinking about it and I used to pull a trailer everyday when the centerforce gave up the ghost. Had to pull it intown traffic and all. Plus up and down the interstate hwy between savannah and statesboro GA
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