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Old 06-20-2012, 02:11 AM   #1
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Planning to install a New CLutch need some thougs

So its time for a new clutch and i been thinking in getting this one here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/F1-RACING-ST...ht_3557wt_1270


have any of you guys have some thougs about this?? is this safe for my car or should i go with something else???


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Old 06-20-2012, 04:32 AM   #2
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NOOOOOOOO! No no no no!!!!! No!
OEM or GTFO!
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:36 AM   #3
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So its time for a new clutch and i been thinking in getting this one here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/F1-RACING-ST...ht_3557wt_1270

2000 Bmw 323ci 5 speed
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:21 AM   #4
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OP,

I just had the stage 2 kit they sell installed last week. Absolutely love it.

Are you sure you need the stage 4? Unless you have some serious engine mods, like FI I would stay away from the stage 4 go with the stage 2
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:25 AM   #5
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There's quite a bit of information about these clutches on the forum. Do a search for "gripforce". But why do you need the stage 4?
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:52 PM   #6
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There's quite a bit of information about these clutches on the forum. Do a search for "gripforce". But why do you need the stage 4?
Because his 323 is really fast!
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:56 PM   #7
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OP,

I just had the stage 2 kit they sell installed last week. Absolutely love it.

Are you sure you need the stage 4? Unless you have some serious engine mods, like FI I would stay away from the stage 4 go with the stage 2
WHERE DID YOU BUY THIS AT?? AND im thinking going oem as well but im still deciding
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:59 PM   #8
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Because his 323 is really fast!
come race me at norwalk with my 04 MERCEDEZ SL600 AND then you can talk after
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:00 PM   #9
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WHERE DID YOU BUY THIS AT?? AND im thinking going oem as well but im still deciding

Just searched on e-bay. Gripforce has an e-bay store. Was like $450 for flywheel and clutch kit. Pressure plate was a LUK and throw out bearing was Sachs. Clutch disk is Gripforces own, sprung hub which is nice with the NON dual mass flywheel.

I havew put roughly 500 miles on it in a week and every thing good with it.

Clutch pedal feels like stock.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:01 PM   #10
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come race me at norwalk with my 04 MERCEDEZ SL600 AND then you can talk after
How old are you?
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:02 PM   #11
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How old are you?
how old am i lol okay...... what is tha supposed to do with racing?
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:35 PM   #12
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I'll agree with others - unless you've made serious engine mods and are pushing way more power than a stock 323, just stick with the OEM stuff - particularly if you are thinking DIY. Don't make it harder, more expensive, or more complicated than it needs to be.

In the end, I suppose the real question is, what do you want your car to do for you?
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:57 PM   #13
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Buy what makes you happy. Those puck style clutches aren't really made for street use though. I'd go with one of their other kits that has a full friction disc. I have several friends who have kits from this company and really like them. However, for my money, I'd go OEM. Mine has 153k miles on it and has never had a clutch and still grips and drives fine. How can you improve on that?
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:33 PM   #14
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Buy what makes you happy. Those puck style clutches aren't really made for street use though. I'd go with one of their other kits that has a full friction disc. I have several friends who have kits from this company and really like them. However, for my money, I'd go OEM. Mine has 153k miles on it and has never had a clutch and still grips and drives fine. How can you improve on that?
well my clutch its already almost gone i think thr last person who ownedd this car didnt know how to drive stick or sumething but actually im lookimg for something with more torque than stock..
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:35 PM   #15
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I'll agree with others - unless you've made serious engine mods and are pushing way more power than a stock 323, just stick with the OEM stuff - particularly if you are thinking DIY. Don't make it harder, more expensive, or more complicated than it needs to be.

In the end, I suppose the real question is, what do you want your car to do for you?
i dont have any mods on this car yet but i would really love to pick up alittle faster and im not planning to make any mods to the engine but i would love to get a good clutch any suggestions besides oem ??
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:25 AM   #16
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i dont have any mods on this car yet but i would really love to pick up alittle faster and im not planning to make any mods to the engine but i would love to get a good clutch any suggestions besides oem ??
No, I'd stick with OEM if I were you. If the clutch was already in bad shape when you got the car, you might not even realize that the OEM clutch, new and/or in good shape, is actually a good clutch - particularly for a daily driver.

I had my own clutch replaced a couple of months ago. Like you, I was considering a number of 3rd party clutches. I spoke with my mechanic and after going back and forth, reviewing a number of different alternatives, and considering the primary use of the car (and the final admission to myself that I'd likely not make major HP increases to the car), I went with OEM.

I couldn't be happier - I forgot what the OEM clutch was like when the car was new. I saved a bundle. Its easy on the foot, has a smooth engagement, plenty of grip, no rattle or other unnerving behavior, and can handle some spirited driving without issues.

Replacing a bad clutch with just about *any* good clutch will allow your car to "pick up alittle faster". With the money you save, you can start looking into some of the other things that also deliver a little more oomph.

In the end, you have to do what makes you happy. Just let us all know which direction you go and how it works out.

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Old 06-21-2012, 08:53 AM   #17
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i dont have any mods on this car yet but i would really love to pick up alittle faster and im not planning to make any mods to the engine but i would love to get a good clutch any suggestions besides oem ??
It sounds like you are expecting a harder clutch to make your car faster... Or am I misunderstanding?
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It sounds like you are expecting a harder clutch to make your car faster... Or am I misunderstanding?
correct
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Doesn't work that way. A lighter flywheel may free up some power, but it is all up high and the 6 puck clutch isn't a good choice. I'm all for the F1 kits, but as I said, the normal clutch disk is the better way to go.
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Doesn't work that way. A lighter flywheel may free up some power, but it is all up high and the 6 puck clutch isn't a good choice. I'm all for the F1 kits, but as I said, the normal clutch disk is the better way to go.
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