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JettaRedII
10-05-2006, 01:13 PM
I just picked my car up after having a South Bend OFE Stage 3 Clutch installed and it's awesome. The B5 stock clutch travel sux, but this new one engages like my GTI did. Pedal feel is lite (like stock), but engages almost immediately and smoooooth. No chatter, etc. Definitely very happy! [up]

ahutch1
10-05-2006, 01:40 PM
I couldn't agree more. I got mine installed a little over a month ago, and its so much smoother. And of course I have to give props to bitterchild for the hook up!

bitterchild
10-05-2006, 01:51 PM
glad to hear everybody likes it. hit me up if anybody has questions

B597
10-05-2006, 03:16 PM
Originally posted by JettaRedII
I just picked my car up after having a South Bend OFE Stage 3 Clutch installed and it's awesome. The B5 stock clutch travel sux, but this new one engages like my GTI did. Pedal feel is lite (like stock), but engages almost immediately and smoooooth. No chatter, etc. Definitely very happy! [up]

did you get a lwfw too? if you dont mind me asking, how much did you pay for installation and what kind of shop did you take it to?

nAUDI
10-05-2006, 03:35 PM
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JettaRedII
10-05-2006, 05:51 PM
Originally posted by B597
did you get a lwfw too? if you dont mind me asking, how much did you pay for installation and what kind of shop did you take it to?

I replaced the FL with a stock dual mass. I wanted to maintain stock driveability but just have a stronger clutch. I went through my local shop, Pro-Imports (http://www.pro-imports.com), who got the flywheel and clutch kit from South Bend Clutch (DXD Racing (http://www.dxdracingclutches.com/home.html)).

Install cost a little over $600, which was cheaper by far than several other places that wanted 10 hours labor at $95 to $110 per hour.

Daft
10-05-2006, 05:57 PM
I fully agree on the SB Stage 3 OFE.[up]

I put mine in during the first week of August. This is by far the nicest aftermarket clutch I've ever owned. I've had SPEC, ACT and Centerforce clutches over the years.

The Stage 3 OFE is a medium clamping force pressure plate. About 1800lb. clamping force. The stock pressure plate is around 1400lb clamping force.

I swear that this pressure plate has the same pedal effort as my stock pressure plate. It also has about half of the pedal effort of my last pressure plate, which was a SPEC Stage I!!!![eek]

If you want a nice mid-level clutch with excellent daily driving feel, get the Stage 3 OFE and use the OEM flywheel.[up]

Thanks again Tony!![hail]

B597
10-05-2006, 06:02 PM
anyone using this clutch with a lwfw?

B5Beast
10-05-2006, 06:43 PM
I'm using an unorthodox LWFW w/ this application and a 2.8 tranny and it's exceptional.

B597
10-05-2006, 06:59 PM
any chatter with your set up? if you could do it again would you go lwfw? how many lbs was your flywheel?

goody6691
10-05-2006, 07:28 PM
i love my southbend. i just had one made, it will hold 600 hp and engages so much smoother than the awe stg 3 i had. the presure plate is lighter too.i called kmd and they set it up for me.......so nice

BzeB5A4
10-05-2006, 08:24 PM
What SB clutch would you guys recommend for someone that will eventually be goin bt with most likely a 71R eliminator kit?

I also want as close to stock driveability.

Daft
10-05-2006, 08:46 PM
I was told that you would want the OFE Stage 4 clutch. This is a Street Series clutch and it has another 800lb. of clamping force.

That would total about 2600lb. clamping force.

ExpLlclT
10-05-2006, 09:06 PM
how much does it cost to install a clutch and how hard would it be to DIY ?

peja
10-05-2006, 09:07 PM
I agree with Daft on this one. I went with the OFE Stage 4 and retained the dual mass flywheel, the car feels very close to stock.

JettaRedII
10-06-2006, 01:13 AM
Originally posted by ExpLlclT
how much does it cost to install a clutch and how hard would it be to DIY ?

See my post above.

Ray Khan
10-06-2006, 05:00 AM
I have the OFE Stage 4 and SPEC LWFW and I like it a lot. My spec stage 3 was not sprung so it wasn't a good combo for the LWFW. The SB OFE is sprung and it's pretty smooth with no chatter. It's not stock smooth, but I think it's great.

B5Beast
10-06-2006, 05:09 AM
I surprisingly did not have any chatter what so ever. The LWFW is 10 lbs and it drives superb. Feels better than stock IMO. Very low engagement and smooth feel.

Kunundrum
10-07-2006, 08:24 AM
I have had my OFE Stage 3 for about 2 months now and it feels great, Grabs stong and has a stock pedal feel.

I had mine installed at one of the VW dealers (had a hookup) for 500$

the Flywheel was resurfaced and overall I could not be any happier with this clutch.