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Old 12-19-2001, 02:00 AM   #1
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Question Clutch Opinions

Question for those who have put in an aftermarket clutch into their cars.

Which one did you put in? (include flywheel if you did that to) How do you like it? What kind of driving you do? If you really like sharing how much did you pay for it all?

I did do some searching on this website and found that some people like the clutch master but if you would like to share again or for the first time I would appreciate it.

I drive fairly hard but don't race (on the track) so any suggestions on which one to get would be great.

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Old 12-19-2001, 09:02 AM   #2
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I used to own a honda powered product (just sold it this morning finally!) and well, I HAD a CM clutch. It was horrible, felt like a dead fish under my foot. yes, it did grab and all, but the pedal feel was garbage.
***** This was on a 1992 Acura Integra GSR B17******
But that is my stance on CM's.

A lot of people are going with ACTs'. I was running one in my car at the end. I loved it, a little on the way to hard for daily driver, but it was the amount of grip for the amount of stiffness

CenterForce Dual frictions are teh best of both worlds from what I have driven. But I dont know if a subaru has ever had one in it..

Some thoughts


P.S. Dont get like a 1lb flywheel or it is bad news. Find out from others about them. I dread saying this, but look around in the Tranny forum *RS guys live there and swap clutches all the time*
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Old 12-19-2001, 12:18 PM   #3
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If you're not gonna mod your car for that much power, but want a better clutch, I would recommend a clutchmasters stage 1. It's a little stiffer than stock, but has a lot more clamping force than stock. Used to have a muellen lightweight flywheel (the one autocaresubaru sells). I liked it alot, but after a couple clutch drops I actually succeeded in ripping the center bearing out of the flywheel!!! I wouldn't recommend getting that particular flywheel.

I have the flywheel in my possession if anyone wants to take a look at it. It's in almost new condition (maybe 10,000 miles on it) but the bearing sits loosely in the center chromoly section


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Old 12-19-2001, 12:20 PM   #4
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Default I almost forgot.

I wouldn't recommend a super grabby clutch disk with Subarus. By locking up the drivetrain immediately the uprated clutch could serve to grenade the tranny, even with a stock motor. Damn these Subaru trannies

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Old 12-19-2001, 02:43 PM   #5
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I have a ACT stage 1 street raceing clutch in my car. I whish that I had gotten a lighten flywheel but didn't

This clutch is vary stiff and I like it much better than the stock one. I was able to churp my tires when it was new, but now its nice and broken in.

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Old 12-19-2001, 02:53 PM   #6
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i'm also rolling around in an ACT stage I street clutch, got it off Rallispec when they were doing their inventory fire-sale for $300 including bearings. i really wanted to get a lightened flywheel, but the only one i was willing to go with was the JUN chromoly (price and quality were both considerations), and there was absolutely 0 available when i had my tranny out.

as far as driveability with the ACT goes, i sit in 2-3 hours of LA traffic everyday, and have no complaints. but, then again, i'd prefer a stiffer clutch than a mushy pedal. i do see (feel) how hard the clutch/pressure plate can be on the tranny, as i have had to alter my shifting habits a bit. it does grip exponentially better than the stock setup IMO. but, the miles keep adding up, and i've had no probs yet...knock on wood.
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Old 04-01-2002, 09:34 PM   #7
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Reviving an old topic to see if anyone has any new inputs. Next week I'll be getting Stage 1 Cobb heads and Street cams installed, along with a Fidanza aluminum flywheel. I figure I might as well replace the clutch while they're at it (just rolled 95k miles on the car), and I'm trying to figure out what would suit me best.

From what I've gathered browsing through various threads, it seems most people are very happy with the Clutchmasters stuff, while the ACT is kind of a love/hate thing. Any more comments from Legacy users?

Oh, one other thing for those of you who have already replied - did you guys just order a 2.5RS clutch, and did you have any problems with fitment? I was at the dealer today trying to figure out part numbers to make sure the RS clutch and flywheel were the same as the GT clutch and flywheel. Well, the flywheel is, but the clutch isn't. My parts guy even pulled out two clutch discs and showed me they were different, so it wasn't just a matter of Subaru using different part numbers because they were on different platforms. I'd just like a warm fuzzy before I order parts that aren't gonna fit, ya know?

Pat Olsen
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Old 04-02-2002, 04:55 AM   #8
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Patrick Olsen - I've had really good experiences with the CM stage 3 and also with the Exedy sport clutch.

Since you have a Phase 1 block, you'll have the same flywheel as the first '98RS. I think it's either 6 or 8 bolts on the flywheel.
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Old 04-02-2002, 09:14 AM   #9
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i bought a stock clutch disc and had it relined with kevlar
the place is called action clutch in detroit, cheap too.

it grabs so good i can spin all four tires thats with a stock pressure plate
pedal feels the same.
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Old 04-12-2002, 02:02 AM   #10
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I have an Exedy street clutch. Love it....
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Old 05-08-2002, 01:00 PM   #11
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Did you get your clutch? Which one did you end up with. What was the total cost (parts, labor)? Where did you buy the clutch from.

Did they give you a hard time about installing this clutch? Most repair places I tend to talk to don't like you bringing in your own parts (they probably make lotsa money off of marking up their own parts)?

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