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Hi All,

My 1999 Tacoma 4WD 2.7L XCab with 130,000 miles experiences clutch slipping at low revs. At high revs it tends to engage so I downshift to high revs then up shift to maximize clutch gripping. Likely new clutch time. Should I look at aftermarket clutch parts and non-Toyota repair shop or is a clutch just a clutch:

I have found I can get everything I need ( pressure plate, disc, TO
bearing, release fork, release bearing, and slave cyl. rebuild kit) from
Toyota for ~$300, plus I can pick up a new flywheel from NAPA for $95.99.

http://www.buyautoparts.com/autoparts/1999/Toyota/Tacoma/Clutch_Kit_-_Performance_Upgrade.html

http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/1999/toyota/tacoma/clutch/clutch_kit.html

http://www.summitracing.com/search/make/toyota/model/tacoma/department/transmission-drivetrain?N=4294941232+4294934483+4294949522+4294925559&page=2

http://www.horsepowerfreaks.com/sale/aftermarketparts/Clutch/Clutch_Kits

I put king shock on last year and love the aftermarket performance.

Thanks,

Justin


Im in San Diego and need a shop. Recommendations appreciated
 

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The Marlin clutch kits are a really good choice. They have the upgraded pressure plate for higher clamping force without sacrificing drivability. The ceramic and kevlar clutches are nice if you have a supercharger or turbo, but make everyday driving a pain since they are super grabby. So they are a waste if you don't have the extra HP.

https://www.marlincrawler.com/clutch/heavy-duty/heavy-duty-clutch-kit-1200-lb

If you don't get a Marlin kit, the next best stock replacement kit would be an Exedy kit, but those usually have the plastic bushings on the clutch disc. The Marlin kit has a Seco clutch disc which has metal bushings.

If you don't mind the drive, I do clutch work. I've done dozens of clutch jobs over the years. $200 labor plus any necessary parts or machine work. I do flywheel exchange swaps with a local supplier. They usually run about $50. I live up in Simi Valley.
 

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I will second the marlin 1200# setup i love it and have jad no issues in the past 70k miles still grabs tight and strong
 

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I put an exedy clutch in mine when I did my 1uz swap. Grabs really well, but smooth. Mine was a stage up from stock, so it's a little heavier (for the added hp), but I'm really pleased with the clutch kit overall. Organic is the way to go though, especially if you do any off-roading/crawling, as I'd much rather have the clutch slip than something in the drivetrain bust.
 

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I have the Marlin 1200lb. Smooth engagement that allows for slip when you need to go slow and grabs well when you pop it.

Don't forget to resurface the flywheel when you do the job.
 

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Hows the pedal feel on those Marlin 1200s? Same/Stiffer/Lighter? I have a POS Ebay clutch and it was lighter then the one I took out... I like the heavier feeling pedals
 

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Hows the pedal feel on those Marlin 1200s? Same/Stiffer/Lighter? I have a POS Ebay clutch and it was lighter then the one I took out... I like the heavier feeling pedals
Most brand new stock replacement clutches will initially have a much lighter pedal pressure. The pedal pressure will slowly increase as the clutch ages.
 

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I thought the Marlin was light. It actually scared me at first. All was good though. I'd get another one when it's time.
 

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I'm goin through the exact same with my truck they have the clutch in stock but say the release bearings are on back order my question is is it a different release bearing or can I pick one up from toyota and jus order the clutch from marlin. I've been waiting for the release bearing but if it's the same as stock I'll go ahead and order the clutch from marlin
 

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I just installed an E-clutchmasters Stage 2 for $250 (2000lbs pressure plate over the 1200lbs Marlin). Looks like its a bit less for the 2.7L application here and it drives better than any stock clutch I've ever had. Just have to give a smidgen more gas to allow the hook up to not cause lurching. Comes with the pilot bearing and throwout and tool to install. Got my flywheel off RockAuto for $75 with shipping. The slave off Parts Geek for $26 shipped but didn't use it because the old one was still in great shape and didn't want to have to bleed that bitch (pedal is perfect).
 

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The Marlin clutch kits are a really good choice. They have the upgraded pressure plate for higher clamping force without sacrificing drivability. The ceramic and kevlar clutches are nice if you have a supercharger or turbo, but make everyday driving a pain since they are super grabby. So they are a waste if you don't have the extra HP.

https://www.marlincrawler.com/clutch/heavy-duty/heavy-duty-clutch-kit-1200-lb

If you don't get a Marlin kit, the next best stock replacement kit would be an Exedy kit, but those usually have the plastic bushings on the clutch disc. The Marlin kit has a Seco clutch disc which has metal bushings.

If you don't mind the drive, I do clutch work. I've done dozens of clutch jobs over the years. $200 labor plus any necessary parts or machine work. I do flywheel exchange swaps with a local supplier. They usually run about $50. I live up in Simi Valley.
I'll be sure to keep your name in mind when I get ready to do my clutch. I have a slow rear main seal leak that I'm keeping an eye on. Hoping to be able to wait until my clutch begins to slip to do everything at once.
 
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