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Old 01-13-2008, 03:52 AM   #1
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Default cheap ebay "stage 3" puck clutches

are those any good or are they pieces of ****? will they hold 300 hp for any length of time?
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they are hit or miss... some people have great luck with them, other have throw out bearing failure immediately after install, some have horrible clutch chatter.

The rumor is that these are stock pressure plates with a clutchnet disk. I don't know how valid that is.

They hold power OK... but doubt they will hold 300 whp. The last I checked they were good for 250-275 whp.
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i think Slos13 has one of these..... If this one is his then i can't drive it worth a **** compared to the stock miata clutch because i lack "clutchin" skills
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Bought 2 from Eclutchmasters off ebay, a stage 1 and a stage 3. They both held up as advertised. I am still running the stage 3, 250/200 at the tires. Open track events and some conservative street mileage. I was careful to break them in btw. The stage 3 disk is a sprun hub 6-puck style.

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i bought the F1 racing one, and its holding up pretty good even though i dump the clutch all the time.
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:06 PM   #6
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how is the pedal feel? i hear it can be softer than stock...

any chatter?
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:12 PM   #7
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It felt a little weird at first when you break it in, but it feels better now. And no, there is no chatter at all. Its on how you break it in for the first 500-1000kms you have to be nice to it, if not then you fucked your self over.
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Interesting. I don't know if I'll be at 300whp but at least 250. I've searched and it more or less sounds like it'll work. Thanks guys.
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The stage 3 I installed was grabby at first but smoothed out acceptably well after 1000 miles.
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and its only 150$ so...you can buy like 3 of these for the price of the other ones, i like it and have had no problems so i say go for it
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I have been using the Stage 3 F1 clutch for 6 months at 8 psi with no problems. Just make sure your motor mounts are good.
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i have a 6 puc, TO did this after about 700 miles



replaced with a all metal one and it has been fine
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Even the SPEC clutch I bought came with a cheap looking plastic pilot bearing. The throwout bearing looks good. I went to NAPA and got a good all-metal pilot bearing. I am going to look at the throwout bearing to make sure there's no excessive use of plastic.
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i have a 6 puc, TO did this after about 700 miles



replaced with a all metal one and it has been fine
WTF!!! did you do to that clutch lmao ****, never seen that before
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clutch was fine, the TO just came apart
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the bearing in my cluth was a total ***.



And people think these cars have homo-stigma. Well, the new bearing made no such claims, but the old one held up fine so no complaints.
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The ebay clutch is pretty good up to 250 or so whp 230 on the safe side i never broke mine in and just abused the **** out of it until i swapped it out for a Xtreme setup from act. And in 15K or so miles it was abit more than half worn out. The feel is weird but totally doable the pedal is very ***** light.
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I have a f1 racing stage 3. works great, just grabs quick. No break in is required, its a ceramic disc. for the $$, its awesome.
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Would the stock pressure plate work with a awsome disc plate. In NE Texas there is a old driveshaft and clutch shop. They custom make brass button disc plates. There wasn't any stronger drag racing disc you could get for our Mustangs. I had some friends pushing well over 500hp. The only down fall was your flywheel would wear and it would grab some on normal driving. But with the right pressure plate the clutch was almost indestructable.
How strong is the stock Miata pressure plate?
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we have a place here that builds clutches too. usually a 4 puc ceramic disk, and stock PP. they usually hold pretty good
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