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Old 04-11-2002, 11:26 AM   #1
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Default Clutch Kits for 1.8L

Hey all you 1.8L FWD owners...

Are there any aftermarket clutch kits for the 1.8? I'm sick of all the clutch shudder and hesitation...plus I'm trying to get something a little more durable for track runs.

I've tried to find some, but none of the manufacturers seem to have any packages for FWD subies...any ideas?

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Old 04-11-2002, 03:49 PM   #2
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Is the clutch that different from FWD to AWD?

I'd try calling some manufacturers, ACT, clutchmasters, etc and see what they say would work in your car. Then you can work from there as to whom to buy it from.

Try that or ask some of the local tranny shops. They'd readily offer up part #s of clutches in hopes of potential business.

Check websites too.

Heh... Jay, when i get a little better at welding, we'll have to put a roll bar in that thing and do some rallying... You've got the same car as subie gal . j/k

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Old 04-11-2002, 06:54 PM   #3
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FWD or AWD doesn't make a difference on the clutch...

what DOES make a difference, is that our clutches are cable operated, and the RS has a hydraulic clutch...which is what all the aftermarket clutches (that i know of) are designed for.

they will work in our cars, although the pedal will be *e x t r e m e l y* hard, and i'm not sure what effect it will have on the longevity of the cable system. we put an RS clutch in my friend's '96 brighton, and the first time i drove it, i kept thinking i was hitting the dead pedal whenever i'd go to shift. after a couple blocks i was acclimated to it, but the feel was still very dull and vague. i had a race clutch in my last VW, and it was NOWHERE near as firm.

my guess is that any kind of aftermarket clutch for the RS would yield the same issues (perhaps worse) unless you installed the hydraulic assembly from a wrecked RS.

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Old 04-11-2002, 09:07 PM   #4
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Adam,

Thanks, sounds like I'll go aftermarket. I'm not worried about clutch stiffness...in my line of work, I come across rock hard clutches everyday...no prob.

Mike,

You know I don't do rally... I'm all about road racing, knamean? But I'll be getting some mods in the near future...bonus time baby!

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Old 04-12-2002, 03:04 AM   #5
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You would probably have to upgrade to the RS hydrolic clutch...
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Old 04-12-2002, 11:10 AM   #6
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Okay, so how hard would the conversion be? Jay, I'd post up the question or check out wayne chin's (wac) website. Wayne did the hydrawlick (ykwim) conversion in his 97? OBS. We may have to plug him for the info and see if you can get the parts from octagon.

So I guess you wouldnt be into co-driving when I build my double duty car eh? I'm working on my welding skills after work.

Lemme know if you need help, thou I'd bet your just gonna take it to your mechanic buddy. Prolly a smart thing. So when are you getting a sway bar for that car?
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Old 04-12-2002, 07:56 PM   #7
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ACT and Subes don't have good chemistry. A couple of people I know complained about it being too hard on the car. One of them had one that never lasted for even a year. Clutchmasters makes clutch kits for both AWD and FWD. I have a Stage 1 kit. Smoother engagement and softer pedal feel, safer for your tranny. Stay close to OEM specs if you have basic mods otherwise you'll waste your money and time ripping the drivetrain. Joe
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Old 04-12-2002, 09:15 PM   #8
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Joe,

Thanks, I was leaning towards Clutchmasters anyway, cause they're the only ones that responded to my e-mails...

Mike,

Now you know I'm down for any kind of driving. I'll navigate...but I'm not drivin'...somethin' about getting sideways kinda scares me...unless I'm on tarmac...
I'll be looking into the conversion though...hopefully it'll be something thats actually attainable...unlike every other mod I've been interested in on this car.
Sway bar? Prolly this summer...I'll have to ask Kosta which parts I need to get to make it fit...

Next month...major mods will begin...muhahaha!!

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