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definitely! mini follow-up review.....(more) (archive)

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Posted by alex on February 03, 2001 at 22:46:39:

In Reply to: Could you tell us a bit more? (m) posted by jason on February 03, 2001 at 21:42:51:

wow! it seems like more and more people are getting interested in the flywheel/clutch upgrade. i have gotten several emails from interested parties and posts from people like you. i am just trying to spread the joy here. and what joy it is!

my intake is from active autowerke. it's their generation 2 version with the longer piping. that is matched up with a heatshield. the exhaust is a supersprint euro version with straight tips.

the exhaust was done 3 weeks into gettin the car, june, 99. the intake was done nov, 99. i also removed the water injestion shield as well. though not my original idea, lot of people have followed it because i suggessted it. (example, chewtoy) the heatshield was put on in march, 00.

in addition to those mods, the fluids were put in july, 00. i had the tranny changed to redline d4 atf and the diff changed to redline 75w90.

the flywheel is from active autowerke. and the clutch is a sachs sport clutch purchased through korman autoworks. they were just installed this past week.

for more info, please read the flywheel/clutch FAQ i did a few days ago. it should answer all your questions.


mini follow-up review

when night fall rolled around, i turned on my headlights and noticed a very annoying thing. the flywheel would chatter very loudly. turn off the headlights, it would be quiet, making some noise every now and then. but when the lights went on, CLACK, CLACK, CLACK. i was embarassed to drive my car around because it was so loud. not a good loud.

well, i just went out to the store and the noise was gone. i guess the flywheel and clutch disc had not yet cooled down since my drive back. i turned on the headlights, and it was only slightly louder than normal. but very bearable. i will keep an eye out for this as i believe it is normal and should go away for good after some driving.

the clutch also grinds a bit, but that is also expected with a new clutch disc. it needs to be worn down and seated, which can only happen by driving it. wOO HOO!

onto performance! i went to the store with 2 other people in my car. they weight roughly 160 and 180. i am about 230 (i'm 6'3"). going down the street, i was in first. i let traffic clear up in front of me as there was no one behind me. i put the engine at about 1000rpms in 1st gear and floored it with ASC off. the car went SIDEWAYS! i was moving forward, but my head was pointed slightly to the right and my tail was slightly to the left. with over 300lbs extra in the car, i didn't expect this kind of acceleration.

on the way back, i tried it again. this time i got massive tire hop which led to wheel spin as the pavement changed. through 1st and 2nd. this car is WILD! i have to really control myself when driving now.

onto the clutch. though being a bit tougher to depress at first, i have almost gotten it to perfect. almost. it grabs so quick when i release the pedal which means i can get on the gas quicker. that, combined with the flywheel, allows me very fast rpm matched downshifts. just tap the throttle and let the clutch out. it almost does the work for you. awesome!

this is by far the best mod i have done. it is definitely worth the money.

the intake/exhaust just make my car sound good and allow it to play in the higher rpms. but the flywheel is good for performance all around.


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