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Old 07-01-2008, 04:38 PM
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Icon5 making excuses for a clutch upgrade

So iv been having alot of issues with my newley purchased prelude. First was the exhust leak, so I put on a random tech high flow cat to fix that. Then came the need for a timing belt so I whent ahead and did that along with all the seals and water pump. Then comes the need for a new abs sensor; and Now I find my rear main is leaking!!!!!!!! Well while im in there I should just go ahead and do the clutch also, seeing as how this is probably the original clutch.

Iv been looking at alot of clutch kits, some even come with a light weight fly wheel. So i figured well I would probably have to get my fly wheel turned any way so why not just upgrade the flywheel if I can find a kit for cheap. Well my browsing around has led to different kits. Some on ebay *tisk tisk* and some local.

My question is this, for a clutch kit on a 2.2 lude how much should i expect to pay? Are you guys brand loyal and to whom? What clucth brands should I avoid? Is getting the light weight flywheel worth the money? I only have I/H/E basic stuff and this is a daily driver so stage 2 really needed?

The one kit i was considering comes with F1 racing clutch and chromolly 11.5 lb flywheel for just over 200 with shipping. is F1 a trusted brand? should I go lighter then 11.5 say 8 with an aluminum flywheel?

Thanks guys in advance for the help and advice.
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help anyone?
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Firstly, you bumped this thread inside two hours, please don't.

OK, the subject of clutches and flywheels have been discussed at great length. The search button is your friend. In about as much time as you took to post this thread, I found this:

http://www.preludezone.com/showthread.php?t=10272

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Hey boys and girls. I'm getting rid of my brand new/never installed Fidanza 3.2 clutch kit (w/throwout bearing and alignment tool) and my Fidanza 8lb flywheel. I'm asking 340 shipped for the clutch and 140 shipped for the flywheel. I'll let them go together for 475 even. Prices DO NOT include the 3.9% for Paypal. Thanks for looking. PM ME!

^The pressure plate^

^The Kevlar Clutch Disk^

^Pressure plate and disk together^

And now onto the flywheel.....



Once again, these parts have never been installed. I bought them in December planning for my big build up, but now need the money more than anything. Thank you

Jesse
Now I'm not saying that this is what you should buy, but you are looking at buying a clutch and flywheel, and Jesse's looking to sell a set that have never been fitted.
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yeah I found that but that didnt really answer any of my questions. Im looking at a fidanza flywheel and exedy stage 2 clutch (edit) for about 260 shipped (this is new also).
Is 8 lbs to light? for dailey street driver should I go 11.5lbs instead? How much extra power am I going to free up to the wheels with an 8 vs a 11.5 lb flywheel? Is F1 known to anyone at all for being good? bad?

I only bumped because im looking to make this purchase by the end of tonight so I can have the itme shipped to my house by the weekend so I can do the work. So haste on the information is of the utmost for me right now, Sorry

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Fair enough, just try not to make a habit of it.

8lb some have said is too light for daily drivers, but others have said 11lb is way too heavy, so it's pretty much a personal preference thing. A lighter flywheel won't free up HP, but will make the engine rev easier, but revs will also drop easier.

Personally I've never bought a flywheel or clutch for a Honda, so I can't comment on pricing. And as for F1, what is F1? Other than a corrupt formula of international open wheel racing?
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And as for F1, what is F1? Other than a corrupt formula of international open wheel racing?
exactly. So no F1 then, ill buy exedy.

However the debate still remains then 8lb or 11.5 lb. I dont have a chance to test drive the car with the two fly wheels so personal preference is kinda out the window for me right now. I mean how much of a difference is there in 3.5 pounds? If im not going to really free up any more power from motor to wheel then 11.5 all the way. Plus its the fact that it does snow and get icey where im at so will having an 8 pounder make it more difficult in the ice and rain? if so then 11.5 stage 2 exedy it is, if not then im off to flip a coin i guess
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Fidanza 8lb aluminum flywheel is the way to go IMO. I have an Exedy Stage 1 clutch and Fidanza 8lb flywheel and they work together like a dream. I got my Fidanza brand new for 140 shipped off of a reputable ebay seller. A lot of people say that 8lb is too light and not streetable, but that's simply not true. It takes a bit of getting used to when you are going uphill, but other than that, it retains a FAIRLY stock feel. It's the best bang for your buck around and they make a great product. Also, I would have bought the fidanza 11lb flywheel but they don't make it for the prelude anymore...
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x2^^^. it just takes a little getting used to. As far as the chromoly flywheel, you dont really need to go with that material unless you are pushing 300HP+. it's just overkill.
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Here is my short review on the fidanza flywheel:

http://preludezone.com/showpost.php?...5&postcount=30
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i never liked the 8lbs flywheel. Makes casual driving a pain in the ass, in my opinion. I run a 12lbs flywheel and its perfect for the street.
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Well then gents thanks for the replys! I think I'm going 8lb fidanza 8 lb with a standard exedy or MAYBE stage 2 Unless you guys say different on the clutch.
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I personally think 8lbs is too light for a daily driver. Go with the 11.5.
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I read so many people that say that, and I don't understand it... i drive the 8lb flywheel and i have absolutely no problems with it... plus when I was shopping for flywheels, the only good quality one for a decent price was the fidanza 8lb flywheel... For 140 bucks, you get a good quality name good quality part... all the other (good) flywheels I saw were well over 200, some even over 400....

I just wish Fidanza made an 11-13 lb flywheel for our car still...
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