Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wherever the camper is parked.
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Talk is cheap, labor is expensive!!! Not a problem.
I bought a Southbend clutch for my truck. I talked directly with the manufacturer, and he recommended the most appropriate model for my situation. i.e. mods, weight of trailer, etc. 1-800-988-4345
The clutch holds great, and pulls my 10,000 lb camper without a problem. It is a bit noisier at low RPM, but that is a sacrifice I'm willing to live with.
It sounds to me that you likely have a bad synchronizer in 1st gear. A new synchro is cheap, but the labor to have it installed isn't. While the trans is out for a new clutch, you would probably be wise to have all the gears and synchros looked at by a trans shop.
The first gear synchro is usually the first one to go. If you want to make the next one last longer, you'll have to change your driving style a bit. (Sometimes this is very difficult. The old phrase, "Can't teach an old dog new tricks" is very appropriate here.)
Other than a short throw shifter, I don't know of anybody that makes upgraded aftermarket manual transmissions or parts. I was of the understanding that the factory manual trans was capable of more than 700,000 miles behind engines making upwards of 500 HP. (I don't remember where I heard this, so don't quote me.)
2001 F-350 Supercab 4x4 Lariat
Real man's trans
33" Toyo mudders