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Unread 03-23-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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Off Roading = Clutch Monster?

Either i have really bad luck or i am missing some information on how to not break my blutch every time i bring my jeep into the woods. In North jersey i do some mudding and some rock climbing and always seem to mess up my clutch exspecially in the water/mud. Anyone have some tips that are important to not messing up my clutch??

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Unread 03-23-2011, 06:36 PM   #2
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What do you mean mess it up?

Do you slip the clutch alot because if you do try 4 low it will let the Jeep go slower with out stalling. You could also get better gears but should not have a problem with the 4.10's you have on 33's.

If you drive through deep water keep the clutch engaged, you can start a Jeep in 4 low (or 2wd on flat pavement) in 1st gear with out pushing in the clutch just do not touch the brake when you start it. I guess this stops water and mud from getting on the clutch. If you drive fast maybe try slowing down for the puddles (I know not as much fun) this helps water from getting on parts that really should not get to wet (like clutch or battery)
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Unread 03-23-2011, 06:42 PM   #3
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Avoid pushing the clutch in while it's submerged in water/mud... Pick a gear before you enter the water and stick to it throughout!
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Unread 03-23-2011, 06:50 PM   #4
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okay, and well i always have to get it replaced every time i go off roading, which sucks, alot of $$ that could be going to progressing my jeep. and ya i always drive slow off roading, so i dont break stuff, and i try to not use the clutch while submerged but i feel like 1st gear doesnt give me enough to get through some mud and i need second
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Unread 03-23-2011, 08:29 PM   #5
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You're kidding right? 4 low = gear reduction = no need to hardly touch the clutch. Don't depress when in deep water. That's it. Clutch doesn't care what else you do unless you suck at driving a manual, which may be the case.

Quit being a dumb *** and learn how to drive.
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Unread 03-23-2011, 09:48 PM   #6
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sorry im not perfect buddy, was simply lookin for some insight, clearly im new to offroading seeing as im asking the question. Dam, get over yourself
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Unread 03-23-2011, 10:35 PM   #7
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Avoid pushing the clutch in while it's submerged in water/mud... Pick a gear before you enter the water and stick to it throughout!
x2 I like 2nd in 4low through most water & mud holes.
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Unread 03-23-2011, 10:39 PM   #8
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You're kidding right? 4 low = gear reduction = no need to hardly touch the clutch. Don't depress when in deep water. That's it. Clutch doesn't care what else you do unless you suck at driving a manual, which may be the case.

Quit being a dumb *** and learn how to drive.
wow that was harsh, who pissed in your cereal.
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Unread 03-23-2011, 10:39 PM   #9
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ok cool, thanks bud, appreciate it
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sorry im not perfect buddy, was simply lookin for some insight, clearly im new to offroading seeing as im asking the question. Dam, get over yourself
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How often do you use 4Lo?
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Unread 03-23-2011, 10:52 PM   #11
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i learned the hard way about deep water i filled my tranny with water after i had to stop in a hole. I thought it was the clutch but its my syncros about to die
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There was a bit of a learning curve for me to figure all the gears and ranges out. When I first started off roading, I used to stay in 4hi and try to navigate obstacles. The only thing that did was burn my clutch. I soon figured out its better to stay in 4lo the entire time (with my gearing and tire size). I use 5th or 6th to keep in line on the trails and 2nd or 3rd to go over or through obstacles. I havent found one yet that required 1st, Im sure its only a matter of time though.

The way you operate the clutch on road and off road is waaaaaay different. On road we all have a tendency to use the clutch for almost everything. Off road its not as neccessary. Keep in mind: go slow and your Jeep, by nature, doesnt like to stall. If youre in the right gear going over an obstacle, you might just need a bit more gas, it wont lunge forward. If youre going down a steep incline, let the engine do some of the braking for you. Again, it more than likely wont stall. Since Ive learned to use 4lo properly, I have yet to stall. Even my wife, who is new to driving a stick and very nervous off road, has yet to stall.

Bottom line, you dont need to use your clutch as much as you think you do.
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Unread 03-24-2011, 06:01 AM   #13
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Unread 03-24-2011, 06:44 AM   #14
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alright, thanks everybody, i guess it will take a little while to figure things out and get comfortable with all the gears and stuff.

appreciate it!
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Unread 03-24-2011, 04:36 PM   #15
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Another trick I use is, if needed, is to start the Jeep in second gear/4Lo if it stalls on water/muddy obstacles. That way you do not need to disengage the clutch from the flywheel letting it get wet/dirty. You will need to switch the plug on the drivers side kick panel on a TJ for this to happen as it will override the clutch pedal safety switch. Replace the plug when on the street to avoid an accidental take off.
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