I am not sure about the "best" place but am looking forward
to others' input on this. In particular, I want to know if
OEM is strongly advocated.
For your reference: OEM sources for the clutch disc and
"Michael Pardee" wrote
I just searched the group's archives and Babcox.com's
magazines to see what they say. The archives don't reveal
strong feelings on this, from what I saw. OTOH, it seems the
topic does not come up here often. Larry Carley (the
automotive technician turned tech writer) seems to lean
towards OEM but is open to remanned parts. (Not sure which
parts he says can be purchased remanned. Flywheel with a cut
taken off the surface? Pressure plate rebuild?)
For the archives, since I'm sure you know the following,
Michael: I see the Honda clutch kits online, presumably so
far all aftermarket, contain the release bearing, pilot
bearing (forgot that), disc, an alignment tool, but also a
new pressure plate (oops on me). Carley says for low mileage
vehicles, sometimes the old pressure plate can be reused.
Dunno how prudent that is. The Car Talk guys (Tom and Ray)
note that a clutch's life depends largely on how many times
a car is started from stop, so a lot of stop and go driving
translates to a high wear rate on clutches. Makes sense.
Internet sources suggest the OEM manufacturer for Honda
clutches is Exedy. I think I'll go looking for some open
trannies next time I'm at the junkyard and look for
manufacturer info stamped on the disc, etc.
"Michael Pardee" wrote in
Wouldn't some reputable high-performance aftermarket clutch assemblies be
better than OEM? (Not full-race" clutches)
Jim Yanik wrote in
Watch those. I understand they are often much more abrupt than OEM, which
will make it very difficult to get a smooth shift. Your tranny bearings
will suffer reduced life in the bargain.
"Performance" clutches are OK if you're racing and expect to tear
everything apart frequently. For a daily driver that's expected to just go
and go, they appear to be a poor choice.
Jim Yanik wrote in
Doesn't take much. When your OEM marcel is 1/16" and the "hi-perf" one is
1/32", take-up will be far more abrupt than you're used to. You'll have
trouble achieving a chirp-free launch.
Full-race clutches have no marcel.
Well, "rarely done" may mean that it's rarely done by the lower end repair
shops. It's fairly common practice in the shops that I've worked in and
others I'm familiar with. In one particular shop, we would machine the
flywheels (including the step) on our brake lathe. They came out fine. Of
course, it could also mean we used a better brake lathe than some other
Joe LaVigne wrote in
Might be just your learning curve. A new clutch will have more of an "over-
center" feel to the pedal, which can make it difficult to achieve smooth
engagement when you're used to a part-worn clutch.