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Old 08-06-2009, 12:02 AM   #1
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I think I am going with the FM Level 1 Happy Meal. I haven't read anything bad about it so far. I am going with the 13.5 flywheel. Any cons I have missed? I was told it would loose momentum going up long hills with the lighter flywheel but it's not as bad with the turbo. 500 miles with no Boost
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CONs: Price.

I recommend buying a spare flywheel and just having the weight ring machined off. Make sure to get it balanced afterward.

My machined 1.6 flywheel is close to 13, pics and weight are on the other computer though.

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What kind of spare (stock) and why? Thanks for your help
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yes buy a stock flywheel, or just to it to your own, but that's a lot more down time if you can't get it machined AND BALANCED right away.
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I have the happymeal. Level1 with a 10.3lbs flywheel. I love it.

But like the others have said, if you have some down time, buying a stock flywheel and doing it yourself works well and saves money.
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I just bought a level one with the 13lb flywheel today I will get it friday
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I just bought a level one with the 13lb flywheel today I will get it friday

I had that clutch installed two weeks ago, I should've done it years years ago, that clutch is so much better than the Exedy that I had.

Make sure you use the Motorcraft synthetic tranny fluid. You'll thank me later!

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BTW - Never believe anything ever again that is said by the dumbass that told you a lightened flywheel would cause you to lose momentum going uphill. They obviously have no clue AT ALL regarding things automotive.
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^What he said.
I have the 10 pound FM happy meal. Loving it so far.
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Diverting this thread just a hair, it's clutch purchase time for me again, too. This time we're looking at 1.8 sizes in something that'll hold whatever Jessica can throw at it.

Right now, the FM "2" clutch is foremost in my thoughts. At $400 it's priced better than an ACT XT, and folks don't seem to be too brutally unhappy about using 'em in DD duty. As much as I'd like to splurge on the 949 twin-disc setup, costs are already getting out of control on this build, and I can probably find a better use for the extra $600. Figure I'll have my stock 1.8 flywheel turned a bit to lighten it while the whole rotating assembly is at the shop for balancing, and we'll call it a day.

Question is- who else am I overlooking? The various options from Exedy don't seem to fit in here, and I can't think of any other big names that merit consideration just at the moment.
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go to http://www.prostreetonline.com/x/act...clutch-kit.asp and look at getting the disk and pp seperate for bigger savings. My act extreme was only 305 bucks from there since i got the unsprung disk with it.
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I've got a SPEC clutch and have been very happy with it.
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level 2 fm clutch will hold about anything you can throw at it from what I understand.
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Right now, the FM "2" clutch is foremost in my thoughts. At $400 it's priced better than an ACT XT, and folks don't seem to be too brutally unhappy about using 'em in DD duty. As much as I'd like to splurge on the 949 twin-disc setup, costs are already getting out of control on this build, and I can probably find a better use for the extra $600.
The new FM clutch is a good choice. I use the Level 2 clutch and, after a few miles of break-in, it's a real pussycat around town. Close to the feel, take-up-wise, of the old FM Kevlar clutch (which was very stock-like). A little harder pedal feel, but nowhere near the Thighmaster ACT clutches of before. Holds my torque rating of 350+ lb-ft with no problems so far, which is more than I can say about my Torsen diff.
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So on the one hand we have a couple of positive reviews on the FM2, and on the other hand, I have sixshooter offering to let me drive his car with an ACT-XTSS when I get back to town.

The problem here is that I'm itching like crazy to continue work on Jessica when I get back home, so I was hoping to have a new pressure plate sitting there waiting for me so I can take it along to the machine shop and get the whole rotating assembly balanced while the block is being cut. Just getting the bottom end on this motor re-assembled is going to be a major emotional milestone, even if it winds up sitting on the shelf for months while I work on the head and supporting hardware.

Any negative experiences with the FM2? Any reasons a person might choose the more expensive ACT with its 307 ft/lb rating over the FM rated at 353 ft/lb?
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Any negative experiences with the FM2? Any reasons a person might choose the more expensive ACT with its 307 ft/lb rating over the FM rated at 353 ft/lb?
Nothing negative here to say about the FM2. I managed to get mine to start slipping at just over 340 rwtq. Great clutch for exactly what it's rated at. Held up to those power levels while being severely abused as well.
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I just installed my FM1 clutch and 13lb flywheel. It don't feel anything like my stock clutch, engauges right off the floor and there is no easing it out like stock the FM1 clutch seems to either be in or out. It will take me a little while to get use to it.
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engauges right off the floor
Adjust your linkage.
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I have the FM1 and it feels exactly like stock. I honestly couldn't tell any difference between it and my friends with a stock clutch. FM ftw.
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adjusted it. a little better. Still very close to the floor. I guess I will get use to it. Thanks it is better though.
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