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Old 06-30-2008
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Aftermarket clutch with the stock hydraulic system?

I've been searching around and I cannot find an answer...

I've got a '96 Ranger, 2.3L manual. The slave is going and needs replacing, and I suspect the clutch is probably on it's way out, as well. My question it possible to replace my clutch with an aftermarket clutch, such as a Centerforce? From searching the forums, it appears as if you can, and the Centerforce website lists a clutch for my year, make and model, however I called Ford to ask them, and they said that I could not, since it's a self adjusting hydraulic system. According to Ford, I would have to swap out the hydraulic system for a cable-driven system, or live with the stock clutch.

Is it just a straight swap? Is there anything that needs to be done, to put in an aftermarket clutch?

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Old 06-30-2008
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I would recommend a spec stage 1 clutch. They include everything(sometimes even the slave). I have installed many of these in various vehicles, whether they were cable or hydraulic setups, and never had one come back. Make sure you replace the pilot bearing and resurface your flywheel!!!
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Great, thanks! I'll look into it!
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I have a SPEC stage 2 with stock other components(slave is Raybestos though). Works WONDERFUL! Nice and grabby, the way it should be.

Direct swap.....yes.
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Old 07-02-2008
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probably easier to come by is the ZOOM performance Clutch, they are made by perfection, grab like a mother ****er, and are CONSIDERABLY cheaper then the alternatives, also they work with your factory hydraulics, personally have had the SAME CLUTCH in 3 different beater rangers, and the clutch outlived wheeleing 3 different trucks to death
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