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Old 02-Aug-2007, 09:21 AM
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Buying a Clutch, Buy a Flywheel too?

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The throw bearing in my 97 coupe needs to be replaced (it is making that loud sound and then goes quiet when the clutch is pressed) so I am buying a new exedy clutch kit from Ebay.

I was wondering if I should also replace the flywheel. Is this a good idea since I'm going to be in there anyway? If it isn't necessary, I would like to save the cash, but if it's recommended then I will buy a new one.

What do you think? Thanks.
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Old 02-Aug-2007, 10:44 AM
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not unless you intend to get something lighter. just make sure you break in the new clutch properly. take it easy for the first 1000kms and no hard shifts or clutch drops.
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changing the flywheel isn't necessary but if you are upgrading its a good time to do it because you save on labour costs.
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What are the chances that I will ever need to replace the flywheel in the future? If people generally don't have to, then I'll just leave the current one as it is.
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if you don't use an aftermarket lightweight flywheel MAKE SURE to at least resurface the stock flywheel....i'd balance it too, but as a bare minimum you NEED to resurface it.
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Thanks for the input, any more suggestions out there?
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Originally posted by zeeman
if you don't use an aftermarket lightweight flywheel MAKE SURE to at least resurface the stock flywheel....i'd balance it too, but as a bare minimum you NEED to resurface it.
zeeman hit the nail on the head 100 %
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I wonder if it is worth it to just buy a new flywheel. Clutch kit is ~$80, clutch kit and flywheel is ~$230. so $150 for the flywheel, what is the cost to have it resurfaced?
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I wonder if it is worth it to just buy a new flywheel. Clutch kit is ~$80, clutch kit and flywheel is ~$230. so $150 for the flywheel, what is the cost to have it resurfaced?

probably 60 bucks @ a machine shop to resurface the flywheel.
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Old 02-Aug-2007, 07:52 PM
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$60 is the most i've ever paid to resurface a flywheel.
You can get them to lighten your stock one, but they can't go as light as some of the aftermarket ones out there.
A lightweight flywheel is definately worth the money, and if you can afford it, while you are already in there changing the clutch, might as well.
Be prepared to have the RPMs drop faster when you shift.
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yup Hansen charges $60 to resurface flywheels.

but deffinately listen to everyone and atleast get your flywheel resurfaced etc.. when changing your clutch. Perfect opportunity to do it

i've never understood how ppl only change clutch or clutch disc only when everything is off and in the open, especially if your paying a shop to do it!
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resurface is a complete must not somethign up for consideration.
nothing wrong with a stock flywheel at all.
buy the clutch have your flywheel resurfaced. or if you want as little down time buy the flywheel and clutch and you can skip the resurface
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These comments are great, I really appreciate it. Just one more question. Approximately how long will I wait to have it resurfaced. Downtime will probably be an issue and I'd like to get the car back on the road asap. For this reason, buying new seems like a good option, but saving $90 and having it resurfaced is nice also as long as it doesn't keep me off the road for too long. What do you think?
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the place i usually go has it done in 30 minutes.
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Originally posted by zeeman
the place i usually go has it done in 30 minutes.
Nice, would you mind sharing where that is?
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Sorry for all the questions, but I just read that you should drive 500-1000kms in the city to work in a new clutch before you do any highway driving. Since I am going on a road trip in a few weeks, I wouldn't really have enough time to put these kms on before then. Therefore, I would have to do the install when I get back.

The trip will be about 4000kms. With my throw bearing acting as it is, do you think it would be okay to last on this trip? Thanks.
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i use euro drive in burlington for my resurfacing needs
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puck or disc clutch?
no break in for puck clutch just disc
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its hard to tell if your throwout will be fine for 4000km without hearing it..

You dont have to put on 1000km. Just drive it around town for 500km and you'll be fine
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