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2014-08-08 13:43:41
Let's talk Clutches...
Looking through the manifesto and after searching for a while, there's no defined answer for the clutch choices for different applications. There IS heaps of info on theory, basic knowledge compositions, etc...
Just wanted to make a thread to help out others (and me) decide on the best choice for your application. In my case i'm planning on building a VE-T with a goal of 450+ hp. Most of the stuff found is outdated and there's a lot more options when it come to clutches than a few years ago. If we can build a log similar to other used in different threads like:

Car: (chassis)
Engine setup: (Turbo,N/A,nitrous,etc...)
Transmission: (B13/14, P11,RS6...)
Clutch Choice: (brand/model)
Use: (drag, autocross, street...)
Durability: (how long have you ran it)
Remarks: (any good or bad reviews about your choice)

If there's another thread like this and i just didn't look enough, please let me know and delete accordingly...Maybe if we collect enough info we can add this to the Manifesto.
2014-08-08 13:54:36
And i will start with my current setup

Car: 92 Sentra 4 dr E
Engine setup: sr20VE w/intake, SSAC header, 3" exhaust
Transmission: B14
Clutch Choice: JGY Street 6-puck (wish would have known abouth JGY then)
Use: Daily driver, ocassional drag racing
Durability: So far i have over 12,000 miles but i don't really abuse it. Installed in June '09
Remarks: So far it's no a bad clutch kit, pedal feel is a bit harsh but nothing too bad. No chatter or weird vibrations. I'm pleased but would not get the same due to that shop's reputation.
2014-08-08 21:00:51
Car: 92 Sentra SER
Engine setup: VE swap w/ all bolt ons
Transmission: OEM B13
Clutch Choice: Clutchmasters FX500 6-puck w/ Fidanza flywheel
Use: Track and drag
Durability: Great
Remarks: Good - reliable, good price, quality product. Bad - well not really bad, but its kinda noisy, chatters, not the easiest to drive around town with
2014-08-09 14:23:12
Car: 99 p11
Engine setup: VE fully built swap w/ 6262 turbo
Transmission: OEM p11
Clutch Choice: Clutchmasters FX500 6-puck unsprung w/ sr16 flywheel
Use: Track and drag....street use...daily driver
Durability: Great
Remarks: clutch feels like stock....only downside is chatter but its not too crazy....car is super easy to drive
Last edited by TREYDEE on 2014-08-09 at 14-25-31.
2014-08-09 21:51:09
Car: 94 sentra
Engine setup:n/a, soon to be on nos
Transmission: b13, soon to be b15
Clutch Choice: clutch master 3.5
Use: street/strip
Durability: about to go install in
Remarks: read good reviews hope it works for what i need it to
2014-08-09 22:13:23
Car: B13 NX
Engine setup: Turbo
Transmission: P11
Clutch Choice: ACT Xtreme, 6 puck sprung
Use: Everything
Durability: Used it from Fall 2010 to Summer 2013 (it will live on in my next build)
Remarks: Loved how it felt, took a little time to get used to but Id buy it again

Car: B13 NX
Engine setup: Turbo
Transmission: RS6
Clutch Choice: Spec Clutch Stage 3+ (metal disc)
Use: All the things
Durability: Summer 2013 to Present
Remarks: Loving it so far
2014-08-12 16:22:38
Car: b13
Engine: turboed ve
Clutch: spec stage 5 iron disk
Use: street, track, to beat on
Durability: so far so good 6 months going strong
2014-08-12 16:35:02
Car 1.1
Car: B14
Engine setup: Turbo Sr20DE (240 WHP)
Transmission: B14
Clutch Choice: ACT HD PP/B15 disk
Use: Street
Durability: 10K Miles
Remarks: Pros: Held the Power well, no chatter, stock pedal feel. Cons: NONE! Gearbox blew before clutch slipped.

Car 1.2
Car: B14
Engine setup: Turbo Sr20DE (340 WHP)
Transmission: B15 converted to cable
Clutch Choice: Clutchmaster FX500
Use: Street/Trackdays/HPDE
Durability: A few thousand miles and almost 6 hrs of hard track time
Remarks: Pros: Held the Power well, no chatter, stock pedal feel. Cons: On/Off engagement
2014-08-15 15:05:53
My thoughts.

0-250 ft-lbs: JWT pressure plate with a 2000 SE (B15 chassis) Valeo organic double-sprung clutch disc. (Link)

250-700 ft-lbs: Street-oriented twin or triple disc clutch setup with organic friction material, marcel springs, sprung hubs, etc. (Cusco makes one I think, and MotoIQ reviewed it which I can't find right now).

End of story.

What others use has nothing to do with what are good choices IMO. So many horrible clutch choices out there.
Last edited by BenFenner on 2014-08-15 at 15-10-45.
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