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Old 02-08-2006, 11:39 AM   #1
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looking for a clear answer on clutch & flywheel combo?

hey guys im fixing to get the clutch and flywheel replaced, my car has 49K on factory clutch and flywheel but im looking for somthing better, i have dont a search and couldnt really find what i was looking for, i just want a clear answer on what combo has proven and shown to be the best setup for everyday driving and all motor racing at the strip?


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For everyday, you would probably be fine with a Centerforce clutch and a Fidanza flywheel.
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scott what about that clutchmaster stage 3-4 and Fidanza cuz you know you wanna go F/I at some point lol
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Well part of the answer is easy, There is only one company making aftermarket flywheels but they are marketed by two companies the real decision is do you want a red one (buy it from Focus sport) or clear anodized aluminum (Fidanza) they are both the same thing.

As far as clutches I don't know of any one person that has tried all of the different manufacturers (clutchmasters, Spec, centerforce, etc) or all of the different specifications from each one (Stage 1-4 for most of them) I have a clutchmaster Stage 3 in my car on a Fidanza flywheel at the moment and am very happy after about 20,000 miles. I had a Focus Sport flywheel with a stock clutch and pressure plate on the car for about 28,000 miles and it worked fine but was very noisy (we won't get into why I had to pull the trans and change the flywheel, just understand it was not a problem with the flywheel it's self) I just found a better price on the Fidanza flywheel when I needed one.

Be advised that the higher grip level of the clutch "USUALLY" means it will be less friendly to drive around town and in rush hour traffic (they tend to "GRAB" more suddenly) and don't usually last as long as a softer engagement clutch disc. For instance I use 7 1/4" tilton racing clutches on all of my race cars but would NEVER think of using one on a street car (they last 2-3 seasons on the race cars but would not last 2,000 miles in stop and go traffic )

So all I can tell you first hand is I really like my Aluminum flywheel (Fidanza) and Clutchmaster Stage 3 clutch/pressure plate. I don't drag race (EVER) but I do a fair amount of play days at the local race track on the road course. There is a significant amount of gear box noise associated with removing the factory dual mass flywheel. It was much worse with the factory clutch (which did not have a sprung center on the clutch disc, the clutchmaster stage 3 is sprung and is much quieter driving down the road but still rattles the gears at idle). For me the performance advantage more than makes up for the increase in noise but you should find someone with an aluminum flywheel on their car and listen before you spend the money and decide for yourself if you are willing to put up with the noise.
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:19 PM   #5
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i use a cm stg1 and a fidanza flywheel for EVERYDAY driving and once in a while track, great combo for what im doing, a stg3 might be too much for everday driving though im not sure it really depends how OFTEN you track the car. stg1 for not too often (once a month), stg3 if definitely like once or twice every two weeks.
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Old 02-08-2006, 01:03 PM   #6
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thanks guys for such quick replies, but sofar it look like im going towards the stage 3 cm and fidanza flywheel, now should i go 9lb or 12lb flywheel? and i do race on a regular basis.
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cheapest set-up i found was spec stage2 with the FocusSport flywheel.
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Old 02-08-2006, 01:24 PM   #8
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i just talked to the people at ford and they said they would charge me $560 for labor to install my parts and theres no warranty on the labor, does this sound about right, want to make sure there not going to screw me. cuz i think they like doing that
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:05 PM   #9
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what about going with a stock clutch and fidanza flywheel? i was just looking at the pricess and the labor charge there going to charge me is going to be pretty damn expensive
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who in this area are you gonna get to do it scott?
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