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Old 06-28-2009, 01:47 AM   #1
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Clutch break-in??

First off, I did use the search button and typed in my question using lots of different keyword variations in lots of different searches. After my search, I knew less than before I searched lol. LOTS of conflicting info.

I would like to know for sure the proper break-in time for a new clutch and new flywheel.

I am installing a brand new centerforce dual friction clutch and Fidanza aluminum flywheel tomarrow. I did a search on the forums for what the proper length of breakin time should be for a completely new setup like this. My results from my search were everything from 5 miles up to 1000 miles.

Could someone please set me straight on this please?? Also, if anyone has an last minute tips on my install then dont hold back!

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Old 06-28-2009, 04:00 AM   #2
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According to the Centerforce Clutch FAQ page http://www.centerforce.com/faqs.tpl?...4618252288659:

DO CENTERFORCE CLUTCHES REQUIRE A BREAK IN PERIOD?

Yes. It Is Recommended To Properly Seat In The New Pressure Plate & Disc Assembly To Assure Good Clutch Performance. Centerforce Recommends 450-500 Miles Of In Town Stop And Go Type Of Easy Driving Before Applying Full Power. If Your Driving Consists Of Mainly Highway Type Use, The Break In Period Should Be Longer Than The 450-500 Miles. If The Break In Period Is Not Properly Followed, Clutch Life And Performance Can Be Sacrificed.


BTW, another FAQ on this page says: The Patented Centerforce Clutch System Does Not Require Using A Special Type Of Flywheel. Our Friction Materials Are Designed To Be Used With The Stock Flywheel, Aftermarket Steel Billet Flywheels, Or Aluminum Flywheels With Steel Insert Heat Shields. However Centerforce Does Not Recommend The Use Of Aluminum Flywheels For Street Use. So, for street use, aluminum flywheels can be used, but they require steel inserts for heat management purposes. Does yours have these inserts?
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It does have the steel inserts/friction surface.

Thank you for the info! Thats all I needed to know!
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when I took out my hydrolic line to clutch I quickly put my finger over it and bent it up under the wheell well and lodged it on the sshock spring. When I put it back on I just had to let it drip for a second and it was ready to go.Then I bled the few remaining bubbles out of it .Total loss of fluid was maybe a few table spoons.
I used a half inch square steel bar about 2 1/2 feet long and held it against the fly wheel pegs to hold the fly steady while I torqued it.
I took off the aluminum foot on the trans that hits the k member..sawzall or hack saw will do. I also took out every bolt to the k except the one under the passenger wheelwell[But loosened it].so thats five total...this allowed the k to swing down and away...
xclean the surfaces on your new fly and pressure plate..I used citrus sol
I was working on the floor under the car{ ya laying down on the job] so I used a jack on the trans along with a rope over the beam in the garage with wieghts attached to counter balance it. Made it alot easier doing it myself.
Don't rush it and take at least two days...never mind the six hour bull...one rusted k bolt can change all that.
replace the axle seals. It took just over two quarts fluid.
Label everybolt or set of bolts. label spark plug wires when takin out distrib.
Spray all holes and bolts with oil for easier put back.
I did not take off my shift mechanism and am happy I didint.Just remove the cables from linkage and mount.
remember ,its a big job, but one little thing done wrong can ruin everything...take your time and think about each step. I have a 2002 ..so i REALLY EXAMINED EVRYTHING ELSE ALONG THE WAY. I probably have about 24 hours in to mine, but when I drove it out yesterday , everything was beautiful...wow, what a difference a new balanced fly makes
cant wait to cruise today. Good luck and feel free to ask..standing by..., Oh ya,watch your teeeth.
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