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Old 02-17-2011, 03:22 PM   #1
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Clutch Q&A?

Basically, this is my first stick. I've driven stick before, but it was for a limited time and it was on stage 3 clutches or a drag clutch, and it was out of necessity(my friend was drunk and he drove us and I don't drink).

I really want to make this clutch last, but with Baton Rouge being as busy as it is... I'm in traffic. A lot.

If anyone could give me some pointers on how to drive in traffic in a way to extend the life of the clutch, I would greatly appreciate it.

What I usually do is sit on the brakes in neutral, and when the car two cars ahead starts to move, I hit the clutch, get it in first gear, and let it out until the friction point. When I'm ready to move I just let off the brake and slowly go forward, then back on the clutch, neutral, and then brakes.

Sometimes I don't fully disengage the clutch when I'm creeping forward, and I was really worried that it would have adverse affects because of the load being strictly on the clutch...

So am I doing anything right?

Also, under average acceleration like coming out of a stoplight, whats a good range for shift points? I tend to be right around 2k when I shift. Should it be lower?


One more thing; would a short-throw shifter help me out any with low-rpm shifting, or is that more of a street/track racing mod?


If I sound like an idiot, I'm sorry. Just trying to take care of the new addition to my family, ya know?
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Short throw is awesome. Don't worry about not fully disengaging it as long as you let it out completely when driving and I rev-match after first which uses no clutch at all. It's a mod motor so don't be afraid to rev it. It doesn't even wake up til 3000 rpms. A stage 3 is way too much clutch,will that even slip. A lighter rotating assembly would prolong clutch life. Ummmmm ya. Your good to go..2000 rpm is a little low,you might find your chugging it. I shift anywhere from 3000-5000. These motors were made to rev. Just get out and drive er. She will talk to you,just have your ears open. Rev er to about 1500 then start slipping the clutch and you will take off nice and smooth. I can take off with no gas pedal at all. Just let it out til it slightly catches and you start to move then dis engage then the revs will go up then do it again. And your off. Don't be afraid to rev er up. They love rpms. I find mine just begs to hit 4000 rpms. Happy driving and enjoy the ride
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Re: Clutch Q&A?

I deal with this baton rouge traffic by trying not to stop as much as possible. I drive 12 daily and try to leave enough room between me and the guy in front of me so that I can just roll in first gear at idle and not have to keep doing the clutch thing.

Your 2k shift point is good for fuel savings...the cobras came with a shift light that came on around 1750 rpms stock so you could know when to shift for best fuel economy...got annoying on day 1. lol

I have a spec 3+ and it sucks driving around town in that it is not very slippy. In fact, I think I've hazed over another flywheel with it....kind of annoying if you ask me.
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Short throw is awesome. Don't worry about not fully disengaging it as long as you let it out completely when driving and I rev-match after first which uses no clutch at all. It's a mod motor so don't be afraid to rev it. It doesn't even wake up til 3000 rpms. A stage 3 is way too much clutch,will that even slip. A lighter rotating assembly would prolong clutch life. Ummmmm ya. Your good to go..2000 rpm is a little low,you might find your chugging it. I shift anywhere from 3000-5000. These motors were made to rev. Just get out and drive er. She will talk to you,just have your ears open. Rev er to about 1500 then start slipping the clutch and you will take off nice and smooth. I can take off with no gas pedal at all. Just let it out til it slightly catches and you start to move then dis engage then the revs will go up then do it again. And your off. Don't be afraid to rev er up. They love rpms. I find mine just begs to hit 4000 rpms. Happy driving and enjoy the ride
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I deal with this baton rouge traffic by trying not to stop as much as possible. I drive 12 daily and try to leave enough room between me and the guy in front of me so that I can just roll in first gear at idle and not have to keep doing the clutch thing.

Your 2k shift point is good for fuel savings...the cobras came with a shift light that came on around 1750 rpms stock so you could know when to shift for best fuel economy...got annoying on day 1. lol

I have a spec 3+ and it sucks driving around town in that it is not very slippy. In fact, I think I've hazed over another flywheel with it....kind of annoying if you ask me.
A lot of people are going with the twin disk set up. I'm considering.
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I deal with this baton rouge traffic by trying not to stop as much as possible. I drive 12 daily and try to leave enough room between me and the guy in front of me so that I can just roll in first gear at idle and not have to keep doing the clutch thing.

Your 2k shift point is good for fuel savings...the cobras came with a shift light that came on around 1750 rpms stock so you could know when to shift for best fuel economy...got annoying on day 1. lol

I have a spec 3+ and it sucks driving around town in that it is not very slippy. In fact, I think I've hazed over another flywheel with it....kind of annoying if you ask me.
Thanks for the info. The GT I have is a stock clutch, the stage 3 info was about the 350Z Nismo I drove for a while when my friend was messed up.


So my driving is aight? Maybe just work on keeping it rolling from now on?
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Honestly if I had to do it all over again I woulda replaced mine with another stocker. Slips nice. I dunno if it could handle the nitrous shot but drivability was amazing
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A lot of people are going with the twin disk set up. I'm considering.
That's my next setup as well when I swap shortblocks....
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try not to shift unless you have to (anticipate needing to speed back up or slow back down so you dont up/down shift for no reason)

one of the MAIN things is put it in neutral and coast up to a stop or light... no need to hold the clutch in. Put it in neutral and let the clutch out, holding it in will wear out the throwout bearing much quicker.
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That's my next setup as well when I swap shortblocks....
I gotta go into my transmission soon so I'm probably gonna do that too. Ain't cheap though. Fixing the trans is gonna be cheaper than the clutch.
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try not to shift unless you have to (anticipate needing to speed back up or slow back down so you dont up/down shift for no reason)

one of the MAIN things is put it in neutral and coast up to a stop or light... no need to hold the clutch in. Put it in neutral and let the clutch out, holding it in will wear out the throwout bearing much quicker.
Awesome news! I thought I was lazy by putting it in neutral and getting off the clutch in those situations.. Haha. Turns out I was right to do it.
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if you drive like normal and dont dump the clutch at every red light it should last you quite a while
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