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post #121 of 162 Old 10-04-2012, 03:59 PM
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this is on scary thread, I know my clutches days are numbered and I'm not sure which clutch to get. Time to switch to an auto.
Sachs, or go to NAPA and have a look inside the box before you pay.


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post #122 of 162 Old 10-04-2012, 04:02 PM
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Just order a luk clutch, and if the throwout bearing is plastic, get a new one from NAPA.

I did mine a few weeks ago, and just scuffed my flywheel with sandpaper. It did not need to be replaced.

The luk clutch and pressure plate that they are shipping is fine. It's just the throwout bearing that might need to be replaced.
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post #123 of 162 Old 10-29-2012, 08:38 AM
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Did my clutch back around the beginning of July with a new Luk Gold kit. The last few weeks or so I've been getting that metallic scratching or scraping sound indicative of a bad TO bearing on startup.

Seems like lots of other people have been having issues with the TO bearings in the new LUK kits.

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post #124 of 162 Old 11-13-2012, 08:08 AM
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Man I'm glad I found this thread.

Getting set to do a clutch job on my 03 Rubi. Suspect lots of wear left but getting some angry noises from the throwout bearing.

Was all set to buy a LUK kit from one of the "trusted" ebay vendors. Emailed them and they confirmed that the kit they are selling has the cheap stamped/plastic bearing.

Gonna check with my local Napa/Carquest dealers to see which version they are selling.

Gerry...Did LUK ever get back to you with any comment?

Gotta wonder, if they have cheaped out on the throw out bearing...what have they done to cut costs on the pressure plate, pilot bearing and friction material???

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post #125 of 162 Old 11-17-2012, 03:30 PM
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Just went through this myself. Checked the Luks at every Napa around, Pep Boys, etc. Plenty in stock, in blue boxes, yellow boxes, napa boxes, no matter what had the plastic bearing. Decided to just go with Sachs at Oreillys.
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post #126 of 162 Old 12-11-2012, 03:50 PM
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I will add my story regarding LUK kits to the mix...

Bought a set last year from Ebay for $95 shipped (it had the crappy plastic bearing) to keep as a spare.

Fast forward a year, now that my stock throwout bearing is getting noisy, I am starting to think about changing it out.

I was by Pep Boys today and decided to see what they had in stock...

Pep Boys #1 Plastic Bearing (Made in Mexico on the box)

Pep Boys #2 Jackpot! (Made in Mexico on the box)
Everything else in the kit was EXACTLY the same, but it had the metal bearing (NTN C01437CA..made in the USA!).

Needless to say, I bought the kit...and then returned it with the plastic bearing

It still looks to be hit or miss...
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post #127 of 162 Old 12-11-2012, 04:59 PM
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I read a recent "review" of the new throwout bearing a week or two ago by a Jeeper on one of the forums. From his comments, perhaps the new throwout bearing is better than we thought... that the plastic (actually something stronger like Delrin) content apparently doesn't serve a key structural purpose. The personal opinion of the reviewer essentially was that he was blessing it and not to be worried that it won't hold up. I personally haven't seen the new style so I can't comment myself.

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post #128 of 162 Old 12-11-2012, 05:29 PM
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I had seen that review also Jerry. I did not have a real problem with the plastic part (most likely Delrin like you said). but the actual bearing part was really thin and cheap. Not enough feedback for me to try it!
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post #129 of 162 Old 12-12-2012, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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Let me remind everyone, 9 pages in, that it wasn't so much the plastic that concerned me originally. It was merely an easy identifier. What the issue was was the ID of the bearing was too large, and it destroyed itself. Metal bearings at the time did not seem to have an out of spec issue.
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post #130 of 162 Old 05-17-2013, 05:43 PM
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Just had this same thing today. Luk clutch kit for a 2.5l the throw out bearing ID was .01 to .02" to large and could wobble around on trans shaft. Using one from local parts store that's all metal with correct inside diameter.
I am using a luk composite bearing on my own jeep and that one was correct size
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post #131 of 162 Old 05-17-2013, 06:08 PM
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I have a LUK clutch in my 2003. It's been in for 2 years, seems to be okay other than is kind of heavy on the clutch pedal.
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post #132 of 162 Old 05-21-2013, 10:49 AM
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Recieved this "Luk" kit from Amazon(Sols Brake Supply).

http://www.amazon.com/Clutches-Flywh...=AU5XWW1ZAEYCZ

It shows up in a beat up USPS priority mail box. The pressure plate/disc are shrink wrapped separately from the cheapo plastic throwout bearing which was simply wrapped in bubble wrap.

Pretty sure I got hosed. Gonna go by NAPA on the way home to see what they have.

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post #133 of 162 Old 05-21-2013, 11:24 AM
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My Luk is still going strong. My transmission, however, is not.

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post #134 of 162 Old 05-21-2013, 10:10 PM
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If you look on rockauto there picture description has the all steel tb and yellow box wether that's what they ship or not is a different story. On a side note didn't Jeep use sachs as an original supplier?

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post #135 of 162 Old 05-23-2013, 12:33 PM
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Tried ordering a luk clutch kit today has plastic throwout bearing anybody having issues with this kit besides the fitment? Thinking about sending it back and getting a Sachs? Opinions how you guys sach clutches holding up?

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