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Clutch advise/info needed

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Hillingdoner, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Feb 29, 2012 at 8:49 AM
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    Hillingdoner

    Hillingdoner [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Okay, been doing a lot of search/reading on clutches etc so hopefully this is not the typical "what's the best clutch" deal. Have a few questions and looking for input on choices.

    1995 3.4 xtra cab 4wd 5speed

    Been looking around at clutches as I need to do one. Absolutely dread it as will be just me and not done one since I was a teen (and that was on a 1970 z28!). I'm....ahem.... quite a bit older now. Just can't afford the local dealers $936 plus tax to do the clutch!!!:eek:

    Looking at the OE Aisin kit off RockAuto at $257 for the kit. Leaning toward OE as driving is pretty light and just want something long lasting and reliable. Use of the truck certainly does not need a super duper $500 race type clutch.

    Drive mostly street, very little hauling, very light/little off road just dirt roads, snow etc. Look like a good deal or is it available mainstream cheaper for the same thing? Every dollar saved as they say.

    I did find the kit that is supposed to be the same (Aisin and part number)on eBay from GripForce for $172 with free ship, but wonder about that one and the seller. Anyone with experience with them? Their feedback seems okay.

    Saw a lot of posts about getting the 1200lb kit from Marlin Crawler. Not trying to start a bashing/flame war as know nothing about them, but looking at their website my impression is it seems a bit iffy. Kits seemed pieced together and see a number of posts on wrong parts, having to redo the job soon after for faulty pieces, no stock/long back orders and just seems a bit of an unorganised operation. Just my impression/feeling from just looking around at them this AM and I could be totally off base.

    Only bring up as interested at the price, if this is a quality deal, then worth doing for my light type driving or better off with the factory Aisin kit? Others experiences? Just looking for something reliable, long lasting and precise. Like everyone I guess, just want the clutch to work as it should and not to have to go back in and redo the work I just did soon after.

    Other question is on hydralics. Clutch master and slave seem fairly inexpensive so thought I'd redo the lot while I'm at it as the truck has quite a lot of miles on it with really no known history on it.

    Looking on Rock Auto, they now have little hearts by the most popular items in some categories to help show what others are buying. They have the same Aisin brand master at $44, but they also have a heart next to the Dorman one that is $29. Any experience with the Dorman?

    As I said, any cash that can be saved all the better, but don't want to sacrafice quality and have issues with it.

    Thanks for any help, advise, info etc.

    Cheers
     
  2. Feb 29, 2012 at 8:51 AM
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  4. Feb 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM
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    Thanks for the link. Will give them a look.

    When I do the job I doubt I'll be able to get the flywheel resurfaced so wondering about replacing it.
    See one on RockAuto made by Brute Power. Anyone have any experience with them or????
     
  5. Feb 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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    Any machine shop can do it. Some Napa stores will do it too. A new one is the better option though.
     
  6. Mar 1, 2012 at 6:12 AM
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    Hillingdoner

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    Hi,

    Thought new for a couple of reasons. Probably original part at over 240k on it. And most importantly, will probably late evening/night with me battling the gearbox and transfer case on my lonesome. Once have it apart (if the quality is okay) for the money for that Brute Power new flywheel I'd rather get all back together and have the job done than have to wait until I can get to a machine shop to have it done. Live sort of on the outskirts so everywhere is a good distance to get to.

    The Brute Power flywheel is listed at something like $60. Anyone any input on it? Experience?
    There is a Delco one there too at $90 (going off memory on prices). Not sure on any difference other than brand name.
     
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