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Spec Stage 1 Clutch with Aluminum Pressure Plate

[9/28/2006] Reviewed by: Cyrus - cyrus.cheung@gmail.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

Spec Stage 1 cluth with Aluminum Pressure Plate along with Ogawa EngineeringChromoly Flywheel bought from ebay.

Pedal pressure is as light as stock, can't feel a difference. Ever so slight noise on deceleration. However, I rememeber, after the first clucth change with OEM cluth 6 years ago, the same deceleration noise was there but even louder. So I consider this clutch swap with lightweight FW is even more successful than before. No drivability whatsoever, even in stop-and-go traffic. Didn't stall when I first test drove. Didn't even need to over-rev the engine either. Perhaps, I am a good driver. :)

I couldn't feel the car accelerating a lot faster than before even in 1st and 2nd gear. I am sure it's faster but wonder if it's worth the extra $500 for Aluminum PP and Chromoly flywheel. Nothing like when I first swapped in a 1.8.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

Spec Stage 2 Clutch and ACT Pro-Lite Flywheel

[4/18/2006] Reviewed by: Tony Comer - arcomer@arcnic.net

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Spec Stage 2 clutch complete and ACT Pro-Lite steel flywheel for 1.8 Engine

Installed over Easter weekend. I have an '03 that was experiencing the clutch shudder and wanted a performance clutch/flywheel combo anyway. No problems with installation done outside with car on heavy duty jackstands. I was a little concerned about going with the Pro-Lite at just over 9 lbs. but it turned out to be the right decision. All the comments I have read about streetability of a 9 lb. flywheel turned out to be misleading. The car drives better than I could have expected in town or on the highway. It actually drives like you would expect in a real lighweight sports car - smooth, responsive and quick. The clutch has a pedal effort that is only slightly heavier than stock (I thought barely noticeable), but the actuation is buttery smooth and easy to modulate off the line. I found it effortless to achieve super smooth shifts; much easier than with the stock clutch. I have no extra discernable NVH on acceleration or deceleration after putting over 100 miles ! on it.

The Spec clutches appear to live up to their reputation as far as operability goes. A lightened flywheel does give you a more responsive car that is a LOT more fun to drive.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

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