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how long should an aftermarket clutch last?

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well I got a call from the shop this morning and they had the tranny out of my truck and did an inspection of the clutch and told my it is shot... almost worn down to the rivets:banghead:. The reason this surprises me is that it is a valair ceramic clutch that is supposed to hold 600HP and my truck is making less than 500HP and the clutch only has apprx. 12,000 miles on it.
I called valair and they guy told me that if i slip it alot it could possibly be worn out already... obviously, but i dont so whats the deal?
And then he proceeded to tell me it is out of warranty(by like a month:banghead:) so there is nothing he can do

How long should i expect an aftermarket clutch to last? i mean replacing it once a year is gunna be too expensive
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I believe Horsepower ratings mean just about nothing with clutches and diesel's, its more about the torque it can handle. These trucks are torque monsters, if your dropping about 500hp, then your looking at nearly 1,220lbs of torque, now 600 hp on a gasser maybe be 280lbs of torque.

your clutch could have worn out just from the torque your motor is running. Thus why a dual disk clutch will last longer, PLUS if you shift by taking your foot off the gas pedal and shifting at the right rpm you can avoid slippage on the clutch.
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