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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-10-2017, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch Replacement

Thank you to all the Rubicon Owners Forum members who have guided me with excellent advise throughout the years.

I have a 2004 jeep rubicon 5 speed manual which I bought brand new. It has 161,000 miles of TLC driving. Recently when I come to a red light and go to neutral, it's giving me a hard time to put back in gear , especially 1st gear. I presume this means it's time for a new clutch.

There are lots of options out there ... OEM Mopar, Luk etc. Any suggestions or recommendations ? Should I go with Factory Mopar or After market ? I can well afford either or.

I know I'll need - clutch, pressure plate, pinion bearing and pullout bearing.

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I just went through this with my '06 LJ 6-speed.
From my research the LUK is supposedly the OEM clutch. There are several negative comments on the throw-out bearing included with the kits. They contain plastic parts that people have attributed to early failure of the throw-out bearing.
I ordered the LUK kit and a separate all metal TOB.
I don't currently have access to a place to work on my Jeep, so I had a trans. shop do the R&R. For some reason they were confused by the T-case linkages and reinstalled them incorrectly.
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Thank you FLLJ,

So based on your comment , it seems as if OEM is the way to go. I know some aftermarket products are amazing, but clearly, your example is very valid ... Luk makes OEM clutch, but their kit TOB is cheap and the to fail.
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Check the hydraulic system, sounds like the clutch is not completely releasing. You may only need the clutch slave and master cylinders.

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Thank you to all the Rubicon Owners Forum members who have guided me with excellent advise throughout the years.

I have a 2004 jeep rubicon 5 speed manual which I bought brand new. It has 161,000 miles of TLC driving. Recently when I come to a red light and go to neutral, it's giving me a hard time to put back in gear , especially 1st gear. I presume this means it's time for a new clutch.

There are lots of options out there ... OEM Mopar, Luk etc. Any suggestions or recommendations ? Should I go with Factory Mopar or After market ? I can well afford either or.

I know I'll need - clutch, pressure plate, pinion bearing and pullout bearing.

Thanks
You really answered your own question. You got 161,000 miles out of it!!! Why would you go with amything else. Hell I only got 20,000 out of my 56 Chevy
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You really answered your own question. You got 161,000 miles out of it!!! Why would you go with amything else. Hell I only got 20,000 out of my 56 Chevy

Stinger , it all depends on how one drives a vehicle. And it may not be a "warn clutch" issue, but rather a hydraulic issue.
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Stinger , it all depends on how one drives a vehicle. And it may not be a "warn clutch" issue, but rather a hydraulic issue.
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Yep, I managed to get 230K out of the clutch in my YJ before the pilot bearing went. The clutch itself still had some friction material left.


Currently have about 163K on my TJ clutch, no problems yet.

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Luk standard. NEW flywheel. Metal TO bearing. If you're handy with a wrench, it can be done in a day. Be sure to soak the exhaust collector bolts with some PB blaster the night before u want to do the work. And some "wobble extensions" make getting those bolts out easier. Also, you will need some star sockets to get the two bolts at the very top of the bell housing out.

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Stinger , it all depends on how one drives a vehicle. And it may not be a "warn clutch" issue, but rather a hydraulic issue.

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