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Need a new clutch soon...

Discussion in 'RSX' started by FLounder, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. FLounder

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    So this is the wife's 03 RSX base 5 speed... it needs a new clutch soon. For all we know it could be the original one, and the car has about 120k miles. Im looking for some advice about a few aspects of getting a new clutch in there.

    Last time I changed a clutch in a FWD it was a b series about 11 or 12 years ago, and it was a major PITA. Although, Im much more of a mechanic these days. How difficult is it in the RSX, worth doing myself??

    Also, im just looking for a stock replacement clutch, was leaning towards Exedy, they are cheap and known to be good. Any opinions here?

    And for the flywheel... i have never had one resurfaced before, always just bought a new lighter one in the past (and all but that one time paid other people to install). Is resurfacing the flywheel always necessary or could i just slap a new clutch in there if its looking good?
     
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    This car will likely be for sale soon, by the way.
     
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    i was under the impression exedy/daikin are OEM replacement.

    i've always had great luck going over the flywheel with a die grinder wheel, or something like 100 grit sandpaper and then cleaning the friction surface with gas or rubbing alcohol.
     
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    you'll at least want the FW re-surfaced... think of it like a rotor, its going to be 'fitted' to the out going clutch.

    exedy are usually considered like stage .5. a bit more than stock, but basically stock.
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys, if the flywheel looks really nice ill do what Turbo said, and if in doubt, will get it resurfaced. Now, do i really want to do the job myself? need to call and see how much places charge around here.
     
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    FWIW the first clutch change in the mirage lasted about 100k miles. the second, about 75k miles (swapped engine, then rear main seal failure) .

    that car had ~365k on it.
     
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    When I did my D15b swap it didn't occur to me to resurface the FW, dear god it chatters like a motherfucker.
     
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