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Old 10-22-2008, 12:16 AM   #1
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Default Your take on buying used clutches

Simple question:

Is it stupid idea or perfectly fine to do?
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:20 AM   #2
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Stupid. But I did it and so do others. Kinda wish I'd just bought a new one though. If they aren't broken in properly they won't have as much grip and won't wear as well. Only reason I bought this one used is cause it's the strongest ACT there is, and it will be way more clutch then I need, so I shouldn't have a problem. You can have the flywheel resurfaced or scuff up the stocker, scuff up the clutch disk and PP, and break them in again.
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Eh, not a great idea (though that didn't stop me).

Just buy a new one.
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+1 buy new....
+1 I didn't either....
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I see it like buying brake pads...or any other wear item, I would never do it.
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For what it is and what it sees, I would always buy "new"......
New is not going to break the bank.
Would you buy used underwear? - Even if it was clean?
How about a toothbrush?
All kidding aside, peace of mind is better than saving a few bucks.
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depends what your getting and the price your getting it for. I ran a used clutch for a while.
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also you could consider just using the pp if the deal is right and then buying new friction material
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:07 PM   #9
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I'm using a used clutch with luck so far.

As mentioned many times above... its a gamble though.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:16 PM   #10
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haha what's your opinion of dropping the tranny twice?
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If you know it's good and know it will last to your expectations, then what difference does it make? Yeah it's a wear item, but I can't see how it's any different from what a new clutch would be like after the same amount of use. It's like pulling out brake pads that you know what last a 3 hour race, but then putting them back in to use for a 15 lap sprint. If they work, they work.
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I personally would never do it. It came out of there for a reason.
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I think it depends on how used it is. How many miles on it? How much power did the vehicle it was in make?
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haha what's your opinion of dropping the tranny twice?
exactly, i wouldn't do it twice for the savings of a used clutch, **** that
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I sold a used clutch that had 2500 miles on it for half what it costs because there was no way in hell it was going to hold the power of a new engine and turbo. Looked like new when it came out and was unabused. IMO that's a deal- hell it's just broken in.
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haha what's your opinion of dropping the tranny twice?
Haha. How many times have you removed the transmission on yours?
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I have a used 1.8 flywheel and clutch with unknown mileage, 90,000 on wrecked chassis it came from.
12 pack of decent beer gets it if picked up from zip 30024

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also you could consider just using the pp if the deal is right and then buying new friction material
Instead of getting a new clutch when I go 1.8...I'll prolly just buy a 6 puck instead of the stock disc that is mated to my ACT XT PP...and have them/a machinist take a look at the PP to make sure nothing looks warped or fucked up.
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Haha. How many times have you removed the transmission on yours?
probably not less than annually. except for the first year or 3. so maybe 5-6?
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If your time is far less important than money to you? Sure, go ahead. If you put any value on your time forget it. Spend the money on a quality new part and live without the stress of wondering if It's going to work, hold power and last.

Nothing like wasting a full day, bloody knuckles and the money spent just to have to do it all over again with parts you should have bought in the 1st place.
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