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Old 10-13-2004, 05:13 PM   #1
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Feathering clutch

I have looked at a lot of threads where people talk about feathering the clutch out on take off or launch. Does feathering the clutch possibly promote any wear to the clutch disk? I try not to feather the clutch as much as possible. Please give me some feedback about the subject. I now have 5600 miles on my car and would like to know to avoid any further possible clutch wear.


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Feathering the clutch will produce more wear than anything else you can do to it. Except for maybe dumping it at 7200k. Unfortunately the only way to get a good take off or luanch is to feather the clutch in the SVT.
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Old 10-13-2004, 05:19 PM   #3
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What about just normal driving? This poses a problem considering that I do not want to have to replace the clutch for a long time. I am sure that it is fairly expensive anyway because of it being "SVT".
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Old 10-13-2004, 06:03 PM   #4
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the only time you should feather the clutch is when you are launching your SVT with Traction Control
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Old 10-13-2004, 06:13 PM   #5
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word is that the focus central throttle body greatly increases the responce on your sluggish take off.ALL svtf suffer from it.the stock svt throttle body was measured at the blade not the mouth of the piece.that should help your launch.



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Hell yes feathering the clutch will wear it out faster. Feathering is just another word for slipping, and slipping the clutch every time you launch the car is going to wear it out sooner. The reason people do it is because when you're trying to race from a stop, the car "bogs" down if you let the clutch pedal out hard and fast, especially if your revs aren't high enough. For day-to-day driving, you DO NOT want to slip the clutch. Honestly if you're racing and you're up against anyone with more torque it doesn't matter that much how you launch it because they will eat you alive anyway.

I have a friend at school who has a 97 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 with the V6 and an automatic; just for the heck of it we've run against each other a couple times after school, I've tried the "dump it fast" method and I've tried the "feather it" method and he always gets the jump because he has loads more torque and the ATX. I have the faster vehicle by far but he makes me look like an ass that just got beat by a truck, because he can get ahead right away and then let off and say "I won."
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Old 10-13-2004, 06:56 PM   #7
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If you don't slip the clutch during everyday driving, then damn it must be a jerking ride!

The problem is when you excessively slip the clutch, but you can't exactly just pop the clutch everytime you start off in 1st.
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Mmm, well that's a good point. I guess I should have clarified that - in everyday driving you HAVE to slip the clutch a little bit, but if you're a good driver you can minimize the amount of time the clutch spends slipping and still get a smooth shift or start. Like you said, EXCESSIVE slippage is what's going to kill the clutch.
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Old 10-13-2004, 07:35 PM   #9
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Thank you. The last two replies are the ones that I have been waiting for. I did not mean to sound stupid by asking the question, I have been messing with cars for a long time, so I am not a newbe. Just new to the focus thing.
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Old 10-13-2004, 08:20 PM   #10
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