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Old 08-21-2017, 06:00 PM   #1
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My son has an '05 Frontier SE, manual trans with a V6. He recently bought it from his grandfather who bought it used but had it for quite some time. so we are familiar with a better part of it's history. The truck currently has right around 120k on it, the factory clutch was replaced at approx. 60k. It seems to me that 60k is pretty premature for a clutch to go, however 120k on the second clutch would make it make sense. We are not sure if the current clutch is an OEM one or not. When the current clutch went, it never slipped other than one time. Other than that for about 4 days it felt as if he was pulling a heavy trailer and was hard to accelerate but it didn't slip. On the 5th day the clutch slipped one time while accelerating then he could not drive anymore. So, over a 5 day period the truck went from completely fine to nothing. It's completely shot, no clutch left whatsoever. We pulled the inspection cover off and there's clutch material everywhere.
I'm looking to know others thoughts, is 60k normal on this truck for a clutch? Before we do it again, is there a better aftermarket replacement?

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Old 08-21-2017, 07:56 PM   #2
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I have 120k on my Sentra and 118k on my truck, both original clutches, for a clutch to go at 60k, could be driving habits, by chance do you leave a foot on the pedal? I have seen that done and the person did not realize it.. just a thought, or do you do some heavy hauling?
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That's the thing, it doesn't pull trailers...ever. And neither one rides the clutch 118k is more like what I would expect.
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:17 PM   #4
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You dont have to ride it to lose it. I got stuck on the beach one time and rocked my way out. We are talking about 10 mins of good fighting to get out. When I did get out I parked the truck in a safe spot for about 15 mins. Got back in to go and no clutch at all. I knew I was hurting it, but didn't think it was bad enough to smoke it. Looked as you described.
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What brand did you replace it with?
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I would just go with an exedy clutch or something similar. Maybe bump it up to a stage 1 or something.
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What's the advantage of a stage 1? He's never going to be adding power to this truck, it's just going to be a daily driver.
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Just more grabbing power.
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