Power time! Recommend me a clutch

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Power time! Recommend me a clutch

Postby blasphemy101 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:54 pm

So as it always goes with boost. I need a clutch! Well, I don't exactly need a clutch, but it's the next component limiting how much power I can make (well, put to the ground :mrgreen: ). I believe I already glazed the clutch once - I was doing a lot of highway driving on 15+ PSI and after some (legal) drag racing, it started slipping. After a while with the boost turned down, it holds 15 PSI again, but I'm keeping it below that to keep everything intact.

I still don't plan on making any more than 350whp, but since it is an auto-x/track car, I'm willing to sacrifice some driveability for durability. I'm looking at the Spec Stage 3 or Stage 4 (seems like the 3+ is a go-to for a street car), but I haven't heard the best things about Spec. I've noticed a lot of people run ClutchMasters as well. They're noticeably more expensive, which isn't the end of the world, but I want to make sure it's money well-spent.
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Re: Power time! Recommend me a clutch

Postby Dontrusthise30 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:30 pm

I have the clutchmaster 400 clutch and it's served me very well. Been in the car about two years. Good drivability and I've never had any fade. I run about 18psi and have done about 10 auto-x and plenty of beatings. I would definitely recommend it. Bought mine through turbocharging dynamics.
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Re: Power time! Recommend me a clutch

Postby blasphemy101 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:44 pm

Is that the TCD Stage 1 or Stage 2?
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Postby Dontrusthise30 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:09 pm

Neither. I just called him and told him what my setup was and what I use the car for, and he recommended it to me. He can get a lot more than just the two he advertises on the website.
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Re: Power time! Recommend me a clutch

Postby blasphemy101 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:26 pm

Gotcha - it looks like the FX400 is pretty easy to keep ahold of, so it will go on the list :)
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Re: Power time! Recommend me a clutch

Postby M20_fever » Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:10 pm

Yep, call Todd at TDC. He put my clutch setup together for me and said will easily hold 400+lb/ft reliably. Best part is it feel almost stock on the pedal, nice and smooth, not grabby at all.
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Postby blasphemy101 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:34 pm

That sounds nice! 400 is way higher than I should need. Do you have any idea what you paid for it?
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Postby M20_fever » Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:41 am

Around $500, but that was maybe 4 years ago so price may have changed.
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Re: Power time! Recommend me a clutch

Postby Dontrusthise30 » Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:40 pm

blasphemy101 wrote:That sounds nice! 400 is way higher than I should need. Do you have any idea what you paid for it?


Remember that the 400hp is only a rough guideline for what the clutch can hold. A lot factors into how you will be using the car. If it's a DD and sees an auto-x once a month, then it should be just fine. If it's a track car that will be heavily abused, then it may not be enough even if you're making less than 400hp. What's your plan for the car?
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Re: Power time! Recommend me a clutch

Postby M20_fever » Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:12 am

Clutches are rated by torque, not HP. My clutch setup was rated at 450lb/ft if I remember correctly. If your going to be putting down more than that you'll need to move into a puck style unsprung setup, which sucks to daily drive.
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Re: Power time! Recommend me a clutch

Postby blasphemy101 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:54 pm

Apparently, all the "little six" clutch setups are interchangeable as long as you use the right flywheel or ring gear and starter... That opens up some new possibilities, but I imagine I will go aftermarket since they are roughly the same price.

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