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Old 08-04-2010, 09:30 PM   #21
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Me having this clutch while still NA = ready,willing and able.
Fixed!
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99% of the people who i see have issues are the dumbasses who bought a stage 2 its not any cheaper why the **** would you go with a inferior clutch for the same money as a good clutch stage 3 or bust i dont care if the car still has a bone stock everything anyone who buys weaker **** to justify there sensebility needs to ******* wake up and man up to driving a real car.
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:59 AM   #23
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^^ Because I didn't know anything when I bought it. I didn't even know about different clutch materials. I looked at it and went "OMGSTAGE2 *jizz*" and bought it.

EDIT: And lol, you're saying the man thing to someone who DDs an unsprung 6-puck ceramic.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:09 AM   #24
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unsprung 4 puck here with xtreme pp.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:57 AM   #25
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Spec S3 here and happy with it...but not happy enough to deny the FM s2 clutch next time. I'll do the 949 clutch when the time comes though.
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I did an F1 stage 1, didn't release right out of the box. Their flywheels seem OK, but I wouldn't buy my enemy an F1 clutch.

I have an ACT HD pp and stock disc in there now. The ACT plate came out of a Spec Miata and had one full year of racing on it, they changed it out as part of PM. I was out of choices and time, so I went ahead and used it. I've got 50+ n/a autocross launches on it so far, and it's fine.

I'll only be doing ACT 1.6 parts for now, if I had a 1.8 flywheel I'd do the FM1 as an option. I will be doing another clutch after this season, it'll be an ACT.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:33 PM   #27
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ACT HD was butter. ACT HD plate w/ ACT sprung 6 puck is a chattering SOB.

To the OP. Kevlar is great if you need to stop bullets. Sucks as a friction surface.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:49 PM   #28
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I had a Spec "stage 2" which is a sprung clutch with organic on one side and kevlar on the other. It was great but wore out fast. In 20k miles the organic side wore out completely.
Would their all-kevlar clutch be better? I didn't wager and got an FM.
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:00 PM   #29
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ive been running act hd street/strip, full face, sprung.. for over a decade with numerous cars, great clutches at very reasonable prices

i dont understand why you guys are trying to cut costs on one of the most, if not the most, vital factors in how your car performs. its not like you shift often
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FM stage 1 FTW. I have one.
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:40 AM   #31
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The reason I recommend the FM clutches is because you know they will work correctly when you put them in. All the cheap clutches I have see have been hit or miss. Some are put in and work great, other fail right away or very quickly. It is when they do fail that sucks because changing clutches is a pain in the ***. The knowledge that I know I will not be dropping the tranny any time soon is worth paying the premium for the FM clutches.
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Competition Clutch makes the FM clutches now, im on the fince to wether or not ill buy one directly from CC or just grab the one on FMs site...
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Had an F1 Stage 3 clutch for around 15k boosted miles with zero problems. It chattered a bit in reverse, but thats it.
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:45 AM   #34
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i did the clutch myself i mean the ebay clutch f1 stage 2 i hold up for me fine and i been driving it in the track for atleast 4 time no burn smell work fine for me
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:05 AM   #35
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It's been said already in this thread - kevlar clutch = fail.

DO NOT BUY A KEVLAR CLUTCH.

There is a good reason why Goodwin sells the F1 stage 1 and stage 3, but does not sell the stage 2. The stage 2 is kevlar. It sucks *****. The XTR stage 2 is also kevlar - AVOID.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:01 AM   #36
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I had a SPEC stage 2 on my old turbo mk1 a few years ago and it was great. It never slipped the 175 torques/bhp and had OEM pedal feel. Although a friend had the same one on a beefier 1.8 flywheel/clutch set-up and his slipped with his FM2 turbo on track.

How are you guys rating SPEC?
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:39 PM   #37
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I have an FM 'Extreme' or whatever it's called, with the 10 pound flywheel. Engagement is smooth, pedal pressure is much higher than stock. Once you get used to it there are no drive ability issues.
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F1 Stage 3 in my car. Held up fine for 2 full seasons of abuse and thousands of road miles.

I hate it though. I will never use another 6 puck clutch again. Driveline chatter is bad enough to make me want to run 30psi and try to kill it, so I can justify getting a new clutch.

Next one will be the FM stage 2 clutch for sure.
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To the op, did you resurface the flywheel after removal of the old clutch and before install of the new one?
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:58 AM   #40
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My f1 Stage 1 clutch has held up over two years on my boosted 1.8 Miata,. Including 5-6 back to back drag strip passes. Although, I think if you're making over Stage 1 HP&torque its time to consider a higher quality clutch set-up.
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