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So the time has come when my 06 Frontier's clutch is starting to slip. I have 129k and I believe it is the OEM clutch. I just got the car at 118k about a year ago, so I was expecting it to go sooner then later.

My truck is a 06 with 4x4. Only mods relating to this are 285 75 16 tires.

What I use my truck for is mainly hauling around my Miata to the track, picking up parts car for my business, hauling parts(engine, trans, other parts) in the bed or winter driving. When I tow I usually use a full car trailer(2000lbs), my Miata(2000lbs), tools/passengers/etc(1500lbs). So around 5500lbs total. I have used it probably about 20-30 times last summer for this purpose and worked great! Slight slippage of clutch to get it first started. As for daily driving I'm pretty easy on it. I don't do any clutch drops or gear slamming but like to rev it out.

Basically my question is are what clutches do people use for similar applications?

So far I ruled out the JWT flywheel. I was never borrowed by the driveability of the stock clutch.

Clutch Setup? So far I'm thinking the LUK 06077 clutch kit as this is the RockAuto OEM. But I am curious if there are better options? Something that is similar to the OEM feel but maybe better grab?

Thanks in advance,
Zach
 

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Folks tend to complain more on forums than to deliver accolades. With that said, my readings around here rarely turn up many/any(?) folks who are talking up their aftermarket clutch/flywheel setup (as opposed to OEM or OEM-style) as far as durability/longevity. For as involved (time/money/etc) as this replacement procedure is, our OEM/OEM-style replacement parts seem to deliver decent life. There are always exceptions.
 

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Folks tend to complain more on forums than to deliver accolades. With that said, my readings around here rarely turn up many/any(?) folks who are talking up their aftermarket clutch/flywheel setup (as opposed to OEM or OEM-style) as far as durability/longevity. For as involved (time/money/etc) as this replacement procedure is, our OEM/OEM-style replacement parts seem to deliver decent life. There are always exceptions.
That seems to be the case here. I figured I would ask before I order on Monday.
 

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OEM from Nissan, Luk or Exedy (sp?). Are the three options in the OEM realm. There has been some talk as to how is the supplier of stock clutched to Nissan. Last I heard, it was Exedy. ??

For aftermarket looks like Centerforce or Jim Wolf Tech. You don't need to get the lightweight flywheel to use the JWT clutch. Both are reported to supply more life than OEM. Never seen a real test.


I would think that the 285/75s are the biggest killer of your clutch.
 

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I can confirm that Exedy is the current supplier for the Nissan clutches, and has been for several years. They are actually a customer of the company I work for, and I just spent a week at their site in Tennessee. As I am also going to be replacing the clutch in my truck here very soon, I will be using the Exedy setup. I have got right at 100,000 miles on it, I don't think I will need to go to a much higher rated setup. Luk is also one of our customers, and I intend on using their dual mass flywheel as a replacement, again if I can get 100,000 miles out of this setup why change. Although I do not do much towing or hauling, when I have needed to, I have had no issues.
 

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I would think that the 285/75s are the biggest killer of your clutch.
I totally see how taller/larger tires really dress up our trucks. But, taller tires w/o re-gearing -> I would also see how a good portion of clutch-life is compromised. Our dang reverse gear is just plain too tall...especially for maneuvering a trailer uphill.

Fully realize re-gearing for 4x4 is twice as involved (if not more) than my 4x2.

I'm not up on what aftermarket gears are out there for our M226. My SV is 3.54:1 and most other iterations come w/ 3.69:1
So, if going to a 33" tire...what is the ideal gear ratio w/ regards to aiming for stock overall gearing?
 

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They make a 3.71 (Which I heard can be run wiht a 3.69), 4.1 (which I think would be ideal for 33"s), and a 4.56 (?or was is 4.46, this would be a reduction for 33")
 

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Is there by chance an update to those that have done the replacement and if there were any changes from the OEM? Especially the OP, as I will be looking into attaining a trailer in the next year or so, which is probably when I'll be needing/figuring the time for my replacement will be (106k)
 

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I blew my clutch with less than 7000 miles right before the 2014 Baja 1000.
It was during testing three days before we had to be in Ensenada.
There was none available, aftermarket or oem that would arrive in time.
McLeod rebuilt mine the same day.
Used the same flywheel.
Raced the 1000(315 miles)
and this years NORRA (500 + miles).
Plus very heavy testing.
Still works fine but I may have a main seal leak. Bought stock clutch and flywheel. Will send clutch to McLeod.
They are in Placemtia , Ca.
 

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Did not baby the clutch st all!
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I run 4:11’s in
my truck. Tjhst is the lowest gearing you can go with the 180. Lower, you need a 205.
 
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