Thanks coontz74. That's some good info. It's completely contradictory to what Southbend told me over the phone yesterday. I think they are probably just trying to sell me a clutch. I assume you have a Dodge with the Southbend in it? What kind of noise is it? A rattle? How bad is it when you're driving compared to idle? Thanks again.
Don't get me wrong South Bend is a great clutch and does what they say it will do for sure. It will hold the HP and then some, but their idea of noisey and what I thought it should/could be were a little different to say the least?
And yes it is a Dodge so don't beat up on me too bad..lol. I want a Ford just can't get the dollars to line up for one yet.
Driving in 6th gear at highway speeds you won't be able to tell a difference but low rpm's is really annoying. I used to have a 5.9 stock that you could lug at low rpm's and just pull and pull, but this 6.7 and a South Bend anything below 2k rpm's and the lugging noise is awful. Sounds like the exhaust is gonna fall off.
And like I say, a Ford's characteristics maybe totally different but I would bet should be similar??
You should go over to the CumminsForum and just read a few pages about guys complaining about clutch noise. Most guys respond and say "you want a real clutch or a quiet one?" . So I have just learned to drive it the best I can and keep the rpm's up and you could tolerate it.
Backing a trailer uphill is a little rough too. I wish you the best of luck but I wish I would have listened before I bought my truck and got a Ford auto and put the Suncoast in it right away with some mild tuning and would have been much happier cause I'm not looking to build a 800hp truck. Just like reliable, quick, solid built truck that has the looks too and for me that has FORD written all over it...