Need clutch. Main concern is pedal feel.

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    I have researched different clutches, read different threads. However, my main concern is pedal feel. I need it to be as close to stock as possible. Before you call me a pussy I have a connective tissue disorder and my tendons often hurt (it is quite shitty).


    My car is built, running CS turbo @ 23psi and LUK/Fidanza combo is slipping.

    Anyway, what I have learned so far:

    ACT 6 puck - most popular option, apparently ACT recently reduced the required force to press the clutch pedal but still harder than stock.

    SPEC stage 3+ - a guy that reviewed the clutch on Edge is claiming that it is lighter than stock and it would be sufficient even if I add meth to my setup. This is why I am leaning towards this clutch. However, I did read bad things about it on several forums.
    Southbend - i have read different threads about different stages but all I heard was that it is quite heavier than the stock clutch.


    Anyone want to chime in and talk about their setup? Maybe someone with a SPEC clutch?
     
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    Luk dual mass and Luk clutch would be my pick. That is next thing going in. When I can throw down $

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    My luk/fidanza has been slipping on k04+e85 and now on CS + 93. I have read that for some it holds for others it does not.

    I guess I could just lower boost but that's no fun.
     
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    Since we are on the topic, I've often wondered the holding capacity of the LuK DM FW/Clutch combo. Carry on.
     
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    I can speak about the ACT 6 puck. i dont think pedal effort increased much at all, but it is extremely grabby. if you drive in alot of stop and go traffic i would not recommend it. i love it on the track though
     
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    You're in IL.... come to Midwest and you could feel different clutch setups. I'll be there with my SB stage2 endurance. I will say that it felt a lot harder than stock at first but I don't perceive it as hard now. I think it's a bit of it loosening up and me getting used to it.
     
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    I got the SB S3 Endurance installed and it's like a 100 lb pedal that I have to mash all the way to the floor just to get it to release. It's REAL springy and REAL low. It also grabs literally the second you start to lift your foot. I don't know if it stays like this or if it just has to break in, but this sucker is literally the complete polar opposite of stock pedal feel and I could never recommend it for someone with your type of condition...at least when it's brand new.
     
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    I have SB S2 and it is pretty heavy pushing down the clutch but spring back strong. For your condition you probably don't want the SB.
     
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    I would love to come out but I'm in a middle of complete remodel of a house. I don't think I could make it.

    But I think I can disqualify SB, by looking at the posts lol.
     
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    My SB S3 is very well broken in and is still super springy and grabs right off the floor. Love it, but as others said, might not be for you.
     
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    Clamping force holds the clutch together. when you push the pedal you must overcome that clamping force to disengage the clutch period!
    The more clamping force the more pedal effort. Southbend stage 3 end is a bitch. A lot of people downplayed how bad the pedal would be so i went with it and i had a WTF face the first time i drove it. That car never sees traffic and i have gotten used to it. It holds the power but after a month of that clutch It took me a while to get used to my wifes car that has a pillow for a clutch pedal. i almost put my foot thru the floor and couldn't lift it up since i was so used to putting a lot of force on the clutch pedal. it was funny as well as a realization to how bad it was.

    If you want a better clutch but something close to stock i would have to say a southbend stage 2 daily would be my pick. Call them and ask how much power it can hold.
     
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