So I was in need of a new clutch and after searching for a while decided to go with the Valeo Clutch Kit with the Single Mass Flywheel. After determining where to buy the clutch, I ended up ordering from an ebay seller known as "GripForce"
MJMautohaus Kit: $489.95
eBay Seller "gripforce-clutches": $435 shipped (3 day select UPS shipping)
Apparently, Axis Motorsports also carries them, but I was not able to find it on their online catalog.
Another AZ member who is currently running the Valeo Clutch Kit
To purchase the clutch, I called Gripforce directly (a store located in Anaheim, CA) and ordered the clutch over the phone. (562) 905-3233
When the clutch arrived, it was in a green Valeo printed card board box.
When you first open the package, you'll see warranty information, instructions, parts lists, etc.
What's included is:
- Pressure Plate
- Single Mass Flywheel
- Friction Disk
- Throw-out Bearing
- Pilot Bearing
- Flywheel Bolts
- Pressure Plate Bolts
What's NOT included:
- Clutch Alignment Tool
First impressions, the clutch looks great and is solidly made. MJMautohaus has stated that the clutch holds approximately 275 ft lbs. of torque. The flywheel is about 5-6lbs lighter than the DMF setup. I did NOT actually weigh them on a scale, but lifting them up, there is definitely a difference in weight.
So far, I have 30 miles on the clutch and will have about 150 after tomorrow. I'll update this post after the 500mile break in period. As far as clutch engagment/feel goes, the clutch pedal feels a slight bit lighter than my previous OEM clutch (the OEM clutch had 175,xxx miles on it, purchased car with 163,xxx) and the engagement is about at the middle of the pedal, where it should be. I forgot to take photos of the friction disk while I was taking photos of everything else
While I was installing the clutch, I also put in a new rear main seal, Crankcase breather hose, and the t-fitting for it.
For high res photos of the clutches, please go to my Flickr (geeky_panda)