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Old 02-12-2009, 09:37 AM   #1
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Clutches??????????????????

It's amazing how you can search through multiple pages of stickied threads and hundreds of posts about clutches and no real answers or even a how to. This seems like the most talked about topic. It was good there is a thread of people posting there clutch brand but very few people followed up on the subject with a lot of miles on there clutches.

What is the best clutch kit for racing or daily driving or combo?

I'm looking for a clutch kit that is longer lasting than the OEM and doesn't rattle or make annoying noises. I need the parts for a 2003 SVTF.

I've heard Ford has fixed the problem but when I called Fords parts department they told me (after asking) it's under TSB and that a service technician will inspect it. I thought the pressure plate was a bad design period. So how could inspecting it do anything? Maybe I asked the wrong questions since I would have to buy a new fly wheel too.

Any part numbers for the improved clutch kit? I did notice a lot of people going back to stock after trying after market.

When I change out that clutch I will take pictures and try to write up a how to. I have access to a auto hobby shop and have all the cool tools, lifts and pickers.



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Old 02-12-2009, 09:55 AM   #2
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I don't know if any of the aftermarket clutches are going to last any longer than the stock. I had around 40K miles on my Spec StgII when I had to replace it when my trans went out. It still had ALOT of life left on it to. I'm at another 30K on my new Spec clutch now. I have a Fidanza Flywheel and it actually makes more noise and chatter than the stock setup does. I'm not sure how an aftermarket clutch would work or sound with a stock flywheel. If you do a write up that would be greatly appreciated and we'll put it in the How-To archive
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I got the newer TSB LuK OEM clutch kit and it's been doing great for me. Grabs really good and holds great. I think I got close to 10k miles on it already.

I even have an extra new clutch on standby in case anything were to happen
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The problem with a lot of after market clutches is they work great for a while and get great reviews until all of a sudden they stop grabbing. Me and I'm sure many other SVT owners wanna hear about a clutch that can go to at least 70 to 80 thousand miles with no problem. A sport clutch kit would make it even better. Anyone on here replaced a clutch yourself? anybody riding close to 80,000 miles on a clutch setup? Any advise would be appreciated for the next focusfanatics looking to replace a SVT clutch.

SVT_BMXer said he did 40,000 on a clutch before replacing it pre maturly with plenty of life left. anybody else have a Spec stageII with the same results?
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FWIW, there aren't alot of SVT's who have replaced their clutches and have put 80K on since then or even have 80K miles.
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Ok, then who has a lot of miles on a clutch setup they've purchased? Also how would you rate it on Quality, Quietness and price?
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What about the updated version of the clutch kit Ford has? Anybody have 1 of those? Stock number?
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^^^I have 55,000+ miles and 4 seasons of AutoCrossing on the upgraded (TSB) factory parts.
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Wow that's great! Do you have part numbers for those? When you got those did a tech come and check them out or are they actually new with another part number?

How are they as far as noise?
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Today I bought a 2003 SVTF with over 80,000 miles on it and the guy I bought it from (only owner) says he never replaced the clutch so it's the OEM clutch. The clutch is going so I'm going to have to replace it. He said he let his wife drive the car who wasn't good at driving manuals and that's when it got bad. That's pretty good for OEM. Maybe that's the post TSB clutch. Anybody know? I've read other threads and found that the 2002 SVT was a really bad year for their clutches. I guess 2003's year was fixed. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Just as a note, the guy I bought it from wasn't a member of any forum related to the focus.
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