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Hey guys/gals.

So I recently overtowed the heck out of the Xterra. I pulled probably about 7000lbs in my Manual V6 Non-SC 03 4x4 Xterra and I think I found the reason why the towing capacity on the Manuals is only 3000lbs instead of 5000lbs like the Automatics.

The clutch.

The engine did just fine the whole way, but my god that clutch was having a hard time biting and holding it while towing that much. SO!... That leads me to this question. Anyone have any idea what type of clutch I could upgrade to that would increase the grab enough to be able to tow more weight. I'm absolutely sure that the engine can handle it. It's the clutch that's the weak point in this setup.

That being said, I still want to be able to offroad with the Xterra and would need a clutch that doesn't bite TOO hard and make me jump all over the trails.

Am I asking too much here or is this something someone else has pondered and found a solution to? Either being able to or not.

Thanks ya'll.
 

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Look at the Centerforce clutches. I ran them on my CJ, but can't speak to them on the X. Maybe someone else can chime in. They make a couple different levels depending on your needs. summitracing.com is a good place to start. Darn good systems though... pretty bulletproof IMHO.
Still a lot of weight to try and tow with that vehicle. Good luck!
 

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Try? I already pulled it lol. And to be 100% honest, it did perfectly fine. The only thing was I noticed that the clutch did slip a little. Again because of the increased weight.
 

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Wow. What kind of altitude are you at in NC? I'm only towing about 4000 lbs combined, but I'm at 7000 ft. I'm making a run this weekend with the trailer up to about 8500 ft, I'll see what that does.
 

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Just a quick google search and the area is about 290'. Yeah, I have a 1.5 Gen so I know the 2nd Gen engine is beefier, and I'm sure the drivetrain is too. So if I somehow could eek out 7000 Lbs in my stock manual transmission 1.5 Gen. Then I'm sure you could tow more than me. I just wish someone else had found the same thing out as me and had a solution for the clutch upgrade. I guess I'm going to have to pioneer this for everyone else lol.
 

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LIke I said in an earlier post, I ran them on my Jeep. You could practically pop wheelies with this thing. I was running a 350 chevy (carbureted) on an old CJ7, you could not bust the clutch. I ran the dual friction model... stage 2 I think... it's been a few years.
 

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Centerforce. Done. Clamping force is performance. Less slip means less heat and fade which equates to more power transfer and less wasted energy.

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X2, just get the center force clutch...and while you're at it, change your gear lube over to synthetic...since you will be there anyway

Darin
01 Xterra SE 4x4
COMING SOON:
Intake mod, timing belt, hoses, belts
Wish list:
PML, EFan conversion, shocks, 32" tires, and eventually UCA'S
 
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