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I bought my last one from either cc or mid america, I cant remember, but I only got about 5000 miles on it and I want something better, seems the pressure plate is giving out . I have an Al flywheel so I need a sprung hub disk with the setup.
I have heard ppl mention a carolina clutch as a good source, any others you can recomend?
 

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bring your old parts (clutch, pressure plate, disc,throw-out bearing and flywheel to a good LOCAL clutch re-builder to have him resurface, the pressure plate, and flywheel, re-spring and replace the throw-out bearing and clutch disc, and inspect the used components as he will be able to give you good advice once he inspects the worn components, plus refurbished components should cost less than 1/2 the new price, and if hes a good knowledgeable guy they will be built to higher tolerances and IF you insist on the better components during the rebuild he will use a bit better quality springs etc.
most better shops have about a 24 hour turn around time, some in under 4 hours


http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=71&t=447
 

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Thanks Grumpy, I dot know if there is a local place that rebuilds or not, and even of there is, this unit appears to have gone bad n around 5000 miles, I dont know that I want to re use any of it.
Thats being said, is Carolina Clutch my best bet of a place to go? Any other thoughts on vendors?
 

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Ive used these brands,on most of my personal cars, what you use usually depends on price and application
naturally you can shop on line and get some decent products or occasionally cheap junk, its usually best to either work with a local shop you trust, that can custom assemble components to your specs with their experience and input, or buy brand name products
youll need to measure the flywheel as some can take both a 10.4" or 11" clutch , but some can only take the smaller 10.4" and flywheels come in 153 and 168 tooth diam. designs and not all applications or bell housings allow interchanging component sizes, the larger 11" clutch obviously has a distinct advantage in that theres a greater surface area and better heat distribution and a bit more leverage the disc surface area provides but your limited to what fits the application, or you can upgrade to a dual disc clutch in some applications effectively doubling the disc surface area

http://www.haysclutches.com/

http://zoomperformance.com/

http://www.quartermasterusa.com/

http://centerforce.com/?cart=12370565529251455

http://ramclutches.com/Products/pro_drag_race.htm



look closely at this long style pressure plate assembly, notice the corner holes show springs while some holes don,t, most good clutch shops can install far stronger springs and do so in all the potential locations, increasing the clamp force from about 2300 lbs to over 3800lbs with 9 heavy springs vs just 6 standard springs in most clutches if they have experience building race clutches, but it takes a fairly strong driver to push and hold down a clutch that can require double, triple or quadruple the pedal pressure of the stock components, and a stronger clutch linkage and shorter throw out bearing life (not a big deal on a race car) so most clutch shops are reluctant to do the custom assemblies, build a clutch designed for really effective race use and your not going to be able to let the wife drive the car if she can,t depress the clutch, and it won,t be fun to drive in traffic either, you'll learn to speed shift due to necessity with some clutches that are basically pushed in or clamped with negligible slippage between
 

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Carolina Clutches is where I bought mine! So far have about 2500 happy miles on it :D

Aluminum FW / sprung disk / stage 2 pressure plate.

:cheers:
 

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drmrman, thats the direction I was looking to go, I could always get lucky once the tranny is out and find its something simple, though I cant imagine what it would be. I am just not happy with what I bought 5000 miles ago, I cant afford to be replacing clutches every 5000 miles and its not me getting on it either, I really dont drive it hard.
 

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drmrman, thats the direction I was looking to go, I could always get lucky once the tranny is out and find its something simple, though I cant imagine what it would be. I am just not happy with what I bought 5000 miles ago, I cant afford to be replacing clutches every 5000 miles and its not me getting on it either, I really dont drive it hard.
Well good luck! I hope you get it all worked out! :thumbsup:
 

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drmrman, thats the direction I was looking to go, I could always get lucky once the tranny is out and find its something simple, though I cant imagine what it would be. I am just not happy with what I bought 5000 miles ago, I cant afford to be replacing clutches every 5000 miles and its not me getting on it either, I really dont drive it hard.
Honestly, I wouldn't buy again from a supplier who would not warrantry a 5000 mile clutch(barring racing, abuse, or extreme age)
 

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keep in mind the less a clutch slips the less heat and wear it has, and in most cases the longer it lasts but to get less slippage usually requires a higher clamping pressure resulting in a stiffer petal, and a more pronounce GRABBING or smooth power application,as it seats.
now learning how to shift helps a great deal, and not riding the clutch helps, but everything a compromise in some area
 
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