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Old 09-21-2012, 05:49 AM   #1
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Clutch replacement?

Hey guys,

So my 02 SE has about 159K on it now and I'm not sure if the clutch has ever been replaced. Anyways when I'm hard on it I can smell it burning and others have confirmed it when behind me. How hard is it to replace them in these cars? I'm not sure I want to do it myself or just get it done somewhere. Also I should note that my car isn't stock it has a 3" DB, 2.5 exhaust, K&N and a tune by MikeD. Any suggestions as to what clutch I should get would be helpful too.

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Burning what? A slipping clutch would be indicated by a change of engine RPMs under load not consistent with an increase in speed.

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Old 09-21-2012, 05:12 PM   #4
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If your handy at mechanics, It's very doable.

Like anything, the first time is always the hardest.

Platonoff's walk thru is spot on. Follow it, and everything will work out.

Stages 1-4, I recommend a stock Viggen clutch set up. After that it gets custom
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:41 PM   #5
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the stock vig clutch is great, just be sure to get your flywheel resurfaced so the bigger disk settles in properly
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:37 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies guys.

Hmm.... maybe it's not the clutch then because I don't notice it pulsing like that when I'm on the gas. Did you notice anything Mike during our test runs?

I did notice that after I washed the engine with some gunk engine brite I could smell that for a while. I wonder if some is still on the exhaust and it smells when it gets really hot. Like when I'm hard on it and that's what people smell.

I've got a Jack Stoll 3" DP and I put the head shield back on the manifold. I wonder if I should take that off and see if it gets more air.
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i didnt notice any clutch slipping, but some extra power can free a clutch up real quick if its getting worn, its also getting colder out
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