1. Registration trouble? Please use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom right corner of the page and your issue will be resolved.
    Dismiss Notice

Clutch Brands

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by mickeykelley, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Dec 12, 2018
    OzFin

    OzFin Vintage Jeep Guy

    Michigan
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2007
    Messages:
    547
    I have Luk in my C101 & my CJ3B, they work well and have been very reliable.
     
  2. Dec 12, 2018
    Rich M.

    Rich M. Shoe pusher

    Maryland
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2008
    Messages:
    639
     
  3. Dec 12, 2018
    71CJ54WD

    71CJ54WD Sponsor

    DC
    Joined:
    May 3, 2018
    Messages:
    239
    Luk all the way.

    Sachs is also a good high quality clutch.

    My preference is to replace everything in there with Luk and never see it again.

    Where you can usually save is on the flywheel. If its not heat marked, grooved, or scored you can usually spend 10 minutes with some scotchbrite going back and forth cleaning up the surface (instead of grinding the flywheel).
     
  4. Dec 12, 2018
    mickeykelley

    mickeykelley Well-Known Member

    Republic of Texas
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2015
    Messages:
    1,577
    I talked to a tech at LUK today and they don't make one now for the CJ's with the 8 1/2" disc, which is for the L/F134. He agreed that he has heard of numerous Chineese junk issues. His suggestion to me, off the record, is to keep the disc and just get it resurfaced, which I had done today while I waited. In my case, the odometer was at 15,000 when I got it but I have no idea how long it had been stuck. When I had the engine gone thru, the rebuilder said that was probably close based on how clean it was inside, lack of cylinder ridges, bearings, etc. So the LUK guy said, if the springs are not all rusted, that 15,000 is nothing and if it was his, he'd just clean that part and move on. The resurfacer said they used to do a ton of them, but parts availability just got too hard so they stopped a few years back. The guy there was an old timer and he said the same if it was his. Keep the old stuff which is way better, clean it up, resurface the disc which is in good condition and move down the road. So that's the plan.
     
  5. Dec 13, 2018
    n6ifp

    n6ifp Member 2019 Sponsor

    San Bruno/...
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2004
    Messages:
    206
    My centerforce has light pedal pressure. Thats why I went with. Its been in about 8 yrs now and no problems. They can be pricey thou.
     
    dnb5853 likes this.
  6. Dec 13, 2018
    WestCoastPat

    WestCoastPat Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2015
    Messages:
    120
    Way back in the late 60's, when the V6 was new to JEEPs, The clutch was a soft spot in the drive train. One of the guys in the JEEP club we ran with was a farm mechanic and had nothing but problems with the stock clutch. He did some looking around and found that Clark Forklift had a bolt in setup that was perfect-A little stiff to use but Mark was a big boy and strong as an ox. Never had clutch problems after that.
     
  7. Dec 13, 2018
    fyrmn

    fyrmn Member 2019 Sponsor

    High Desert AZ
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2006
    Messages:
    115
    What is the quality clutch option for the 4cyl guys? Besides omix or crown.
     
  8. Dec 14, 2018
    timgr

    timgr Jeepin' Nerd 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

    Medford Mass USA
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Messages:
    20,431
    From MickeyKelley's post a few back, I'd say having the existing disk relined would be the best option. You can look at the clutch cover and see how much it's worn. Look for blue spots or checking (overheating) on the face, and obvious wear on the pivots. Likely there are rebuilders out there that cater to the classic car market that will reline your disk and rebuild the cover. Check locally, then online or Hemming's Motor News. You pretty much have to have a new throw out bearing. If it's a choice of Crown or Omix, Crown every time. Pilot bushing you can measure and accept or reject.

    RockAuto shows a couple of brands (AMS, Brute Power) that claim to be made in the USA. Might be a good option if your budget can't afford the other options. Inspect carefully, measure where you can, and be ready to reject if the new part looks wrong.
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2018
  9. Dec 14, 2018
    Keys5a

    Keys5a Sponsor

    Florida Keys
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2014
    Messages:
    2,360
    Keep in mind, the later (mid-'60s up) F134 Jeeps use a 9 1/4" clutch which was much more robust than the 8 1/2" version. Many later (reletively) flywheels were drilled for either pattern/size clutch. Yes, the 9 1/4" clutch requires the larger corresponding pressure plate. Many of these larger clutches are the diaphragm style as opposed to the 3 finger Borg&Beck design. I consider the diaphragm style better than the 3 finger ones.
    -Donny
     
  10. Dec 14, 2018
    oldtime

    oldtime oldtime

    St. Charles,...
    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,706
    I've been running OEM NOS Borg Beck driven disks in all my CJ's be it 8-1/2 , 9-1/4 or 10.5".
    If you can't find a genuine Borg Beck find an old rebuilt Borg Beck or an old replacement.
    Something old with absbestos still works just fine if you don't snort it.

    Example....
    Here's a 9-1/4" x 1-1/8" hub version that I'm selling:
    Willys Parts
     
    Bowbender likes this.
  11. Dec 14, 2018
    Bowbender

    Bowbender I'm workin' on it! 2020 Sponsor

    Northern Minn.
    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2014
    Messages:
    567
    That just made me snort!( I mean laugh...):lol:
     
  12. Dec 16, 2018
    dnb5853

    dnb5853 Member 2019 Sponsor

    SLC, UT
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Messages:
    595
    I used Centerforce I disk, plate & TO bearing. I also converted to hydraulic clutch. It’s been great for 2+ years. Cost is secondary for me. I do allot of back country roads alone. Reliability is my #1 concern. This clutch mod is #3 of favorites; BDS suspension is #1 & Saginaw PS is #2.
     

Share This Page

New Posts