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Old 06-09-2010, 08:53 AM   #1
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Clutch Masters FX100 (Stage I) Clutch and Aluminum Flywheel combo for '02-04 SVT/ST170 Focus

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My SVT is pretty much stock @ 99k. When my clutch goes, I want to replace it with a kit that does not include a duel mass fly wheel. I was thinking about this kit, anyone have any experience with it? Also, is there anything else I need to complete a clutch installation with a new aluminum flywheel that IS NOT included in this kit? Ive never replaced a clutch before, so I'm not sure what to look out for.


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Pre-warning if you read the reviews on the clutch/flywheel combos some of the CM stage 1's don't hold up that well and also the aluminum flywheels are a little too light for the SVT. You will hear chatter "noise" when idling with the AC on. If you don't mind the noise and are planning to do FI then go for it! I'd suggest the Luk combo if you are looking for a quiet DD
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^^^ He said he doesn't want a dual mass flywheel. The Luk oem kit has the dual mass flywheel because, well, it's oem.

ClutchMaster is a good choice. Tons of people run it; mostly without problems.

You don't need anything else to do the installation except for your normal assortment of tools. An engine hoist would help a lot. As for parts, only thing extra I would consider is new flywheel bolts and axle seals.
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go with a Southbend Stage 1 set up. it'll hold up much longer than a CM stage 1.
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Pre-warning if you read the reviews on the clutch/flywheel combos some of the CM stage 1's don't hold up that well and also the aluminum flywheels are a little too light for the SVT. You will hear chatter "noise" when idling with the AC on. If you don't mind the noise and are planning to do FI then go for it! I'd suggest the Luk combo if you are looking for a quiet DD
I thought the dual mass flywheel is what bogs the SVT, and is also the reason for the TSB. Also I thought that any new OEM clutch kits did away with the dual mass concept. I am looking for a DD clutch but...it should perform better tan the stock set up.

Every stock clutch I have ever driven, performance and non performance, has been grabbier from a stop than the SVT. I do not want this to be the case any longer once it is time to replace my clutch. Is the dual mass flywheel the reason for this, and will the LUK OEM kit perform better?
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:03 AM   #6
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I thought the dual mass flywheel is what bogs the SVT, and is also the reason for the TSB. Also I thought that any new OEM clutch kits did away with the dual mass concept. I am looking for a DD clutch but...it should perform better tan the stock set up.

Every stock clutch I have ever driven, performance and non performance, has been grabbier from a stop than the SVT. I do not want this to be the case any longer once it is time to replace my clutch. Is the dual mass flywheel the reason for this, and will the LUK OEM kit perform better?
the LUK replacement will perform the same as your current stock one. The only SVT stock clutch that is "stiffer/grabby" was the pre-TSB clutch, which is still installed on some 02 SVT's

The DM flywheel is not what makes the car bog. and ALL OEM LUK replacment kits come with a DM flywheel. Any other aftermarket clutch kit will come with either a steel or alum SOLID flywheel, and a clutch disk with internal springs.

IMO for a DD car, just get a LUK replacment for $425 off ebay. That kit can hold up to 250 lbs of torque, and it comes with everything you need * except flywheel bolts*
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the LUK replacement will perform the same as your current stock one. The only SVT stock clutch that is "stiffer/grabby" was the pre-TSB clutch, which is still installed on some 02 SVT's
Common misconception. All SVTs, '02 - '04 had the pre-TSB clutch. The TSB clutch came out after '02, that's all. That's straight from Steve @ Tousley's mouth (well, keyboard).
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Common misconception. All SVTs, '02 - '04 had the pre-TSB clutch. The TSB clutch came out after '02, that's all. That's straight from Steve @ Tousley's mouth (well, keyboard).

Can you elaborate a little bit? You are saying all SVTs have the pre-TSB clutch, yet the TSB clutch came out after 02; I dont get it.

In short... is my 03 clutch the "bad" one? (although it seems to be holding up excellently.)

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And not that it matters but typo post number 1; my car has 90k not 99k. :P
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Yes, the TSB clutch came out, but it was *not* installed in any of the SVTs. You had to bring it into the dealership to have it installed. In other words, when the '02s first came out and people were having clutches crap out on them, they were SOL. Then, some time in '03, I believe, Ford said "Hey, there's a sweet new clutch everyone can come get." That's all.
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Yes, the TSB clutch came out, but it was *not* installed in any of the SVTs. You had to bring it into the dealership to have it installed. In other words, when the '02s first came out and people were having clutches crap out on them, they were SOL. Then, some time in '03, I believe, Ford said "Hey, there's a sweet new clutch everyone can come get." That's all.
Hmm. I bought my car used at a dealership. Ill keep telling myself the previous owner had the clutch replaced. :)

So just for reference, was Ford offering the clutch swaps free of charge?
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