I am in progress with having my entire top end redone on my 88 Saleen with aftermarket AFR 165 aluminum heads, cam, system max 2 upper and lower, timing chain, blancer and all the goodies to go with it...All was put together by Ed Curtis - also throwing in my sn89 totally rebuilt with larger impeller and pully, MSD dist , 30lb injectors 85mm MAF, 70 mm tb and some other components to beef it up....
I will also have a tremec 3550 installed in place of the T5.
So this is my question -- I wanted to also replace the clutch and flywheel. I was leaning towards the Spec stage 1 kit and a Spec billet steel FW. I was wondering if you guys can provide some feedback about this combo = Is it a good daily driver combo? Is it a good combo for the work that will be done? Anyone use this combo? Like or dislike it?
Any help with my decision will be greatly appreciated!
I don't see any issues with a billet steel flywheel, I picked one up from Ford Racing, it was around $220 if I remember correctly. The clutch on the other hand, I can't help you out too much. It sounds like Spec clutches are either a love it or hate it clutch, I personally have never used them but the stage 1 shouldn't be too bad. I hear the higher stage clutches are rough on the trans.
I have had 2 Ram HDX clutches behind my hci 308. With the first one, somehow a few pressure plate bolts backed out some and caused problems. I'll chalk that up to either a mistake on my part or a freak thing. The second HDX I put in didn't last 2k miles. I broke it in like you are supposed to for the first 700 miles or so, and then let her have it. I went to the track with street tires about 1500 miles after replacing the clutch. and it was engaging and disengaging weird after 4 passes, and a few months after that the clutch started slipping in 5th gear, and got progressively worse after that.
Thanks for the feedback with your clutch experience I currently have a king cobra in my car - and it is a decent clutch.. I did some more research and decided to go with centerforce dual friction and a ford racing billet steel FW - I was told it'll work very well with my set up. Ordered it up today from Cjpony
I never did the track - but wanna try to do a few runs to see what I can do. I really don't race but nothing is better than a stang with BALLS to back up that rumbling exhaust... I'm totally pumped and can't wait to rip up some Staten Island streets this summer.
I was hoping to meet some stangers in Staten Island. Seems like all the enthusiest meet up everywhere else but the little SI...
The centerforce df clutch is a good one too. That setup should work well for you, do you have a firewall adjuster and an aftermarket quadrant? Getting some track time is always fun to do as long as nothing breaks! Hahaha. Hmm, I wouldn't know about the car meets down there, I imagine in the spring there will be some.
I was thinking to just go back with original but maybe it does make sense to do something like a bbk quadrant and adjustable firewall adjuster. Man, I tell ya. I started with HCI and some other bolt ons along with my SN rebuild and just basically haven't stopped adding S**T yet . And now I just bought a aluminum drive shaft
I'm gonna run on the track and basically take it easy - I ain't totally geared up for a hard core run. Plus I'm an armature so I'm starting off smart and not breaking S**T. But I am pumped about getting my car beefed up. I'm gonna take some pictures and post when my mechanic starts. Your right, I'll hook up with some folks on this little Island eventually....
I have done the swap to a TKO on my silver fox. I went with a mcleod clutch and flywheel. It is EXCELLENT... it is not stiff, has not chatterred and after break in now the car will spin into second if I am too enthusiastic driving. (I drive with drag radials and car has few power mods has steeda adjuster, aluminum shaft, bama tune, longtubes, and tb wspacer. 3.73s)
I have a Spec Stage II in my other heavily built fox. It does chatter. Has stiff quick engagement and is not fun for DD.