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2001 pilot bearing problem

I have two 350's with 6 spds. (99 & 01)
Both have had the tans. out in past month . The
pilot bearings were all to pieces in both . Is there a solution or
upgrade for this problem . I have had one trans rebuilt because of the worn input shaft . And the other one needed a shaft but I have to
keep one truck operating . The 6.0 trans has a bigger input but the
motor don't seem to last long from everyone I've met with one .
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I put in a kevlar pilot bearing from South bend clutch and haven't had any problems since.

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I put in a kevlar pilot bearing from South bend clutch and haven't had any problems since.
I looked up the south bend site . did you just use the pilot bearing
or buy a whole clutch kit ? The clutches they have look like the
800 and up variety . I got 175,000 out of the first clutch and
98,000 out of second one . i'm thinking the shaft was worn some and let it flop a litle causing the pilot problem . The input had some end play too . I have had the trans rebuilt already cost 1350.00
but just about all parts were replaced and want it to last as long as possible . Hotshoting in kind of hard on a truck anyway .
I'm always at least 18,000-33,000 gross weight . One truck has 375,00 on it other has 259,000 . So I've been expecting some repairs about now . The last clutch was dealer kit the funny thing I bought a autozone kit and it had same name on disc and was 200 cheaper this most recent one . Couldn't complain I was in anderson SC in holiday express parking lot doing it . I still like the 7.3 and 6spd .
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Just wondering how did you know the pilot bearing was going bad? Any signs of it going to bad to look for?

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Just wondering how did you know the pilot bearing was going bad? Any signs of it going to bad to look for?
The sign was the truck quit moving foward . I was clicking about 65
down I 85 S and it went zing that was it , till I installed a new clutch
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I looked up the south bend site . did you just use the pilot bearing
or buy a whole clutch kit ? The clutches they have look like the
800 and up variety . I got 175,000 out of the first clutch and
98,000 out of second one . i'm thinking the shaft was worn some and let it flop a litle causing the pilot problem . The input had some end play too . I have had the trans rebuilt already cost 1350.00
but just about all parts were replaced and want it to last as long as possible .
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I installed a 550hp clutch and everything because I put a chip in the truck and the stock clutch wouldn't hold the power on my high setting. You can get the pilot bearing by itself you just have to call and ask. I have 36,000 on my clutch and just pulled my engine and the pilot still looks good.

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