1983 J20 Hydraulic clutch ?

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JamesDarling
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1983 J20 Hydraulic clutch ?

Postby JamesDarling » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:42 pm

I have a 83 J20 I am building.
AMC 360 and T18
shackle flip (stock height springs) and 3 inch body currently. planning on running 4 or 6 inch hell-creek springs (undecided in this area)
I will be keeping stock 360 but will throw some modern updates at it I drive pretty slow just drive offroad a lot. I don't rock climb but I don't want to make the truck limited by the linkage.
I was wondering if anyone has used the novak hydraulic clutch slave or the one BJ's offers?
Or am i better off using a mechanical linkage and just modding it to work with the body lift? :-bd Thanks!

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EDIT: please excuse the rust and frame I'm in the middle of some serious body work and boxing the frame :banghead:
Oh she gets er mister
1964 j2000
1984 j20

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Re: 1983 J20 Hydraulic clutch ?

Postby Stuka » Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:56 pm

Your clutch will be much softer with hydraulic, and when the engine torques over, your clutch wont go in and out. I have mechanical in my J10 and I hate it, its SUPER heavy. Hydraulic would be very nice, but have not done it yet.
1981 J10 AMC 258 with HEI and Weber 32/36 DGEV Carb, T176, NP208, D44/M23 with 4.56 gears and Detroit Locker, 6" lift, 33x12.50 Cooper STT's, BJ's Offroad Rear Dozer Bumper.
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Re: 1983 J20 Hydraulic clutch ?

Postby JamesDarling » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:28 pm

Thanks for the feed back ! Just what I was looking for to pull the trigger on it, I don’t have a lot of time behind the wheel of the 83, I have a 64 j2000 three on the tree and it’s difficult to drive and that’s part of the fun. But this will see more drive time and I want it easy to drive.
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1984 j20

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Re: 1983 J20 Hydraulic clutch ?

Postby Billybob535 » Thu May 03, 2018 6:59 am

I had a J20 with the 360/T18 and I could not stand the mechanical clutch linkage. I am currently gathering parts for a 4 door Cherokee build that will have an NV4500 and a hydraulic clutch. I will be using an AMC bellhousing, a factory slave from an 80s CJ, and a factory master from an early YJ joined with an AA braided hose and fittings. I will have to swap to hydroboost to clear the master but that was part of the plan anyways as I am going to be using a diesel motor. If you find any good solutions please post them. I will post mine when I get that far (probably later this year).


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