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Clutch design change?

Hey all, I am replacing a clutch in a 2003 Rav4 awd with a 2.0l since I have to replace the engine. I notice that there was a design change in the clutch mid 2004 with the 2.4l. Cost is a factor and the later model clutch is much cheaper, at least from LUK. I've used LUK clutches before and never had a problem. I'm wondering if anyone knows for sure what the difference was and if the newer clutch can be used in place of the one for the 2.0l?
Here is what I've found so far. Aisin calls for the same clutch for all years and comes with the proper pilot tool. I know it would likely be the best option, but twice the price. That makes me suspect that they are just using the newest design for all Years.
When I looked at the various components on a Toyota parts site, it appears that the only difference is the pressure plate. The flywheel, disc bearing, release fork and slave cylinder are all the same. Is it safe to assume that the newer pressure plate is just more robust for the higher torque engine? If so, I can't see a problem using it on the smaller engine. Does this make sense or am I missing something? Does anyone know for sure? The transmission is the same for all years isn't it?
I really need to keep costs down as they are escalating quickly, but I can't afford to do it wrong either.
Thanks in advance for any help
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