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Old 09-23-2015, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default Clutch options for the offroader

I've been researching all day long and have come up with a few viable clutch options but I want some feedback or other people's experience before I make an important purchase. I don't want to have to drop the transmission again in 6 months so I want a clutch that will last me.
I'm looking at a centerforce stage 1 (30% more grip) or stage 2 (60%) clutch but god damn they are pricey. Also centerforce clutches just offer the PP and clutch disk, other kits include pilot bushing and throw out bearings.
I offroad the truck often so I don't see the benefit of putting a stock clutch back into the truck, it's best to upgrade while the transmission is on the floor.
From what I've found Nissan oem clutches are made by Exedy, the company also makes stage 1, 2, and 3 clutch kits for the 3.0L and 2.4L that do or don't include a new flywheel.
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This is the clutch I was looking at, a stage 2 kit. It costs far less than the centerforce and includes the necessary parts.
What do you guys think? Is it recommended I get the kit with the new flywheel as well?
Which clutches have you guys used and how long have you gotten out of them?
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Old 09-23-2015, 06:33 PM   #2
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I would just do regular oem. If you get a grippier clutch it will make it hard to modulate the power when trying to not break traction from a start in loose or slippery conditions. OE will be easier to control. If you are not making more than stock torque then you don't really need more hold anyway. ACT are pretty nice (I've heard) and are decently priced. if you want something other than stock. Its what I bought for my infiniti but I haven't run the car yet to try it out.
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I have a centerforce dual friction. It is a really good clutch. I did the damper delete and have no issues with engagement. Real smooth clutch. More than needed but like you didn't wanna replace anytime soon. This is the second truck I've put one in and its worth the expense to me.
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Old 09-23-2015, 08:27 PM   #4
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I'm running OEM in mine, but I don't wheel mine near as much as you do yours.
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I would just do regular oem. If you get a grippier clutch it will make it hard to modulate the power when trying to not break traction from a start in loose or slippery conditions. OE will be easier to control. If you are not making more than stock torque then you don't really need more hold anyway. ACT are pretty nice (I've heard) and are decently priced. if you want something other than stock. Its what I bought for my infiniti but I haven't run the car yet to try it out.
I thought the same thing but in a 4x4 application its amazing for climbing hills. people go through a lot of clutches local to me because most offroad trails are so "hilly"
After talking to a few people over on NPORA a few people have said you still can get the stage 1 and 2 clutches to slip, it just takes more delicate footwork.
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That sounds totally reasonable. I think that crawling has the potential to burn through a clutch easy. If you use the clutch to modulate torque when moving slow it would go pretty quick.

I do know that when you start getting into the really serious race clutches they actually wear out much sooner. Race clutches sacrifice lifespan for more friction or torque holding capibility. OE clutches are designed to sacrifice holding power for ease of engagement, noise, long life and probably, ultimately, low cost. When moving to a "stage two" clutch set, one would hope that lifespan would still be a priority while increasing cost and overall higher torque holding capability. Its hard to know what the priorities were when each brand designs their stage 1 stage 2 stage 3 etc. clutches though. You can bet that a high profit margin was at the top of any of their lists.
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Well I purchased the exedy stage 2 regardless. They offered a 12 month/12 000 mile warranty. The kit came with a new throwout bearing, pilot bushing, pressure plate, clutch, and the alignment tool for $125USD.
I'll try to remember to report back here on how it feels once i've installed it.
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Update for anybody who reads this:
The Exedy stage 2 clutch is great. It has tons of grip but is easy to slip if you have a delicate foot. It does take some getting used to on the pavement but it fantastic offroad. I'm just getting mine broken in now and I love how quickly the truck will launch.
And just in case I didn't mention this before, Exedy makes the OEM Nissan clutch as well so this company knows how to make a D21 clutch.
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Good to know. Thanks for the update syn. Since mine's mostly a road rig I'll stick with OEM, but if I ever relegate the D21 to off-road only duty I may look into that.
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Old 10-21-2015, 02:00 PM   #10
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Good to know. Thanks for the update syn. Since mine's mostly a road rig I'll stick with OEM, but if I ever relegate the D21 to off-road only duty I may look into that.
I'd definitely recommend the stage 1 for you if you ever have to do a clutch. They infuse the disk with kevlar for strength and longer life!
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