In Reply to: Questions for those with a Sachs HD clutch... posted by Jeff J. on February 27, 2001 at 23:57:16:
When I did my 2.5L, I opted for the HD clutch, as my builder recomended it.. but realistically I wanted it more out of preference of a stiffer feel under foot.. for me worth the extra 200 bucks. Since I've had it for a few months, I really enjoy the grabbing power on quick shifts and take offs. I find that I don't have to slip the clutch as much as I did the stock one for a good launch.
I recently took a ride in a 2.5L that was set up for track use.. about 256hp at the rear wheels, full coilover suspension.. the works. The guy had a stock clutch and he said that it just couldn't handle the power.
This is not based on any hard facts (so correct me if I'm way off here) but I don't think you would see a disadvantage of using an HD clutch, other than a stiff leg after a traffic filled commute. In terms of lasting longer.. I have no idea.
Over all, I'd compare it to an upgrade like the UUC short shifter I have.. it doesn't make your car any faster, it won't last longer/shorter.. but it gives you more pleasure just drivin' the darn thing!
Hope that helps..
I am debating on if I should go with a stock Sachs clutch replacement or move up to the Sachs HD clutch. The Lightweight HD clutch is too expensive and is out of the question. Again, this clutch will be used on a pretty much stock street car. What will be the side effects of having the stronger HD clutch? Would there be any disadvantages to using this clutch for normal street driving? Also, because this is an HD clutch, would that mean that it would wear slower, causing it to last longer than the standard clutch? Thanks again for the help.