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Old 11-30-2006, 09:17 PM
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Need a good clutch for a 1984 Z28 Camaro

I am looking for a decent clutch kit for a 1984 camaro. I have looked at
valeo and sachs to name a few but aint too sure on how good they are so
any recommendations would be helpful.

Here is what I am going to do.

Replace ring and pinion with a 3:73 running gear and add a TrueTrac LSD.
Replace clutch.

The car will not be putting out more than 350Hp and will be used mainly on the street so a clutch that offers good drive-ability with low chatter and would be suitable for my intended power level is what I am after.

No intention of taking it to the strip.

The transmission is a 5spd T5

What would you recommend.

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Old 11-30-2006, 09:57 PM
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I've had good luck with a Centerforce Dual Friction.
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Old 12-01-2006, 09:21 AM
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Centerforce looks pretty good. I wonder how they compare to
regular OEM ?.

What I mean is I would hate to drop >$300 on a clutch kit if its just pretty much the same as a heavy duty Sachs..

Anyone know ?

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Need a good clutch for a 1984 Z28 Camaro

If you want something better than a Center Force see if you can find a tranny shop or parts supplier that can get you a LUK clutch,these are in my opinion way better than most clutches.Some companies dont actually manufacture their own clutches,they farm them out.I have heard of Center Force clutches actually having made by LUK stamped on them.I'll tell you why I'm not a big fan of CF,a couple of years ago I had the center break away from a relatively new Center Force clutch,replaced it with a LUK on the advice of a tranny shop owner,and havent had a problem since.It even pushes easier!
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Old 12-02-2006, 10:36 AM
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Thanks for the heads up Guy !

I did some hunting on the net and found that there are only a limited number of manufacturers that really make clutches. There are plenty that appear to re-badge clutches so they look more appealing.

One interesting thing I noticed is that its difficult to get specs with respect to
how much power the clutch can handle or how long it will last. Talking with
a mechanic today he mentioned that certainly the likes of centerforce are
ok but clutches designed for strip racing typically do not last very long. He
said the mind set for racing was that win the race then replace the clutch
after a couple of passes.

Not what I want for a my car. I just want to set it in place and forget until
it dies or the motor dies.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Clutches are a lot like tires and carburetors.

Properly designed, sized, and adjusted for the job they do well. Most of the problems you hear about are just poorly equipped for the expected job.

e.g. Street clutches for high rpm launches or race clutches for Saturday night cruises...... etc.

Centerforce and McLoed have been around a long time with good reports.
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I have been looking at SPEC 3+ http://www.specclutch.com/
I currently have a CF and its not holding up to the 350 SBC.
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Old 12-03-2006, 12:08 AM
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I took a look at the Spec clutches.. Is this company just badging a
product or what. No where on there site did I find a Spec sheet
excuse the pun or a installation manual for their products..

I dont think this is normal for a manufacturer

Kind of strange imho

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Pretty sure they make their own clutches. I don't have a lot of options for clutches and I know several people that have them on another board I post on. They are very happy with them. I think customer service isn't as good as it should be but the hardware seems to be.
That said I don't have one yet so this is second hand, I plan on getting one in the spring for my hot rod Fiero.
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