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Old 04-29-2010, 01:36 AM
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How to know if your clutch is stock or not?

Hello everyone I am new to this forum. There seems to be a some good info in this forum so I thought I might join. I have recently become an owner of a 5th gen prelude.

I hadn't driven a manual car in 10 yrs but it was unexpectantly difficult to learn to drive this car. I started to suspect that it might have an upgraded clutch because:

1. I need 2500 rpm to get it to move in first gear. The car's personality is to just take off from a stop. There are times when I almost burn rubber without any effort on my part.

2. I have to shift slow at around 3000 rpm (or every 20km/hr) otherwise the car jumps. It took me a while to understand that if I want to shift fast I have to do it at higher rpms while accelerating fast.

Is this normal for the prelude?

How can I find out if my clutch is stock or not without going to a mechanic. I plan to buy an exedy clutch and I don't want to waste my time.
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Re: How to know if your clutch is stock or not?

well the good news is that it sounds like you already have an upgraded clutch AND flywheel!!
flywheel because when you install a lightweight flyhwheel (8-12lb's) you always hafta rev higher to launch since there's less rotational mass, so if you don't rev higher its gonna bog.
clutch because you said it just wants to take off, and you almost do a burnout everywhere. it sounds like a much heavier duty clutch, like a 6 puck or something made to handle some serious power.

orrrrrrrr there's a chance that its a regular/stock flywheel, and just a ridiculously stiff clutch.










the bad news is you won't know WTF kinda clutch or flywheel it is until you drop the tranny to take off the clutch and flywheel and inspect them visually.
and once you have it all torn apart, it would be stupid to put the old clutch/flywheel back in, so you might as well put brand new ones in
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Re: How to know if your clutch is stock or not?

I was worried that I would have to take it apart to see what clutch it is. I can't reverse slowly at all with my foot on the gas. I have to take it off to slow down.

Can you guys shift and let the clutch out quickly at low rpms or is it characteristic of the prelude to shift somewhat slowly at around 3000 rpm. Shifting at 2500 rpm is so slow I don't bother anymore since it feels like I am stressing the trans and engine.

If this is an upgraded clutch should I be shifting gears at higher rpm? Are there any driving changes I have to make?
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Re: How to know if your clutch is stock or not?

Yeah you have an upgraded clutch. I have an ACT 6 puck and an ACT lightwieght flywheel. I have the same symptoms as you listed. Like when reversing if you try to do as a regular clutch it will reverse very jumpy. you have to give it gas and pump out of reverse. You'll get used to it but the point is that you DO have an upgraded clutch. How's you clutch feel? Stiff? If you try to press it for a long time while waiting for your light to turn green does your leg get tired cuz mine does. I never felt my leg get tired when I had the OEM clutch.
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Re: How to know if your clutch is stock or not?

Yes my leg defintely gets tired holding the clutch down when I am waiting to move. I never noticed that. I just thought it was me. I was pretty sure I had a light flywheel because of the way it took off but I probably have an upgraded clutch as well.

Well that saves me a bit of money. Now I can look to upgrading the brakes or suspension. I didn't want to ask the previous owner cause he sold me some bad extra rims that almost messed up my alignment until a good technician let me know that 2 of rims were damaged slightly.

Thanks guys.

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