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Old April 10th, 2012, 09:28 AM
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Help with clutch recommendation

I need to get a new clutch for my 1994 NAS D90. It has a 3.9 liter with the stock R380. I'd like to get something a little more heavy duty but I'm having trouble finding a "stage 2" clutch. Any advice would be most appreciated. So what do you guys think?
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Old April 10th, 2012, 09:40 AM
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Old April 10th, 2012, 10:55 AM
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Thank you. I left him a message. Justin at Lucky 8 has the standard replacement. Does anybody have experience with non OEM clutches?
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Old April 10th, 2012, 08:55 PM
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Just came across this while searching myself for a clutch http://www.andysautosport.com/land_r...tch_kits/spec/

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Old April 10th, 2012, 09:33 PM
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Dude ... Don't mess about with non-standard clutch ... Heavy duty means heavier action, stronger pressure plates and crappier gear change ... Added to that they are probably less reliable than standard because they make less of them.

go standard ... Go for what's common ... Go genuine if you can or a popular patttern part if it's too expensive.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 09:37 PM
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I need to get a new clutch for my 1994 NAS D90. It has a 3.9 liter with the stock R380. I'd like to get something a little more heavy duty but I'm having trouble finding a "stage 2" clutch. Any advice would be most appreciated. So what do you guys think?
What are you trying to accomplish with a "heavy duty" clutch? Greater longevity? More clamping force? Are you uprating your power plant? Or, it is just that your current clutch is shagged?
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Old April 10th, 2012, 09:40 PM
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How do you objectively quantify a HD clutch v normal duty unit? Reliably?
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Clamping force.
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That does not neccesarily equate with longevity
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Old April 10th, 2012, 10:03 PM
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I don't have any issues with mine, just figure since in its bowels removing gearbox, might as well replace.....
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That does not neccesarily equate with longevity
Agreed, hence my question to the op about his intended purpose.
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Last clutch I got from DAP. Don't remember the brand, but it's been good for the last 100k miles.
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Borg and beck makes a nice clutch. If driven humanely, a defender V8 clutch should last 250k. I replaced mine recently and the mechanic said it looks pretty new at 12Xk.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:56 PM
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I ended up going with a stock type Borg and Beck from George at RDS. I looked at the options on AndysAutoSport as well.

I have a stock 3.9L motor but have been considering upgrading. Still not sold on other power plants though. I have looked at RPI and JRE. Your collective thoughts would be appreciated on that as well. Thank you guys for the information. I actually feel better about my purchase now.
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