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Old 02-15-2013, 04:20 AM   #1
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Anyone ordered from Carolina Clutch and Performance

http://www.carolinaclutch.com

I am looking to purchase a Valeo clutch conversion kit from them for my 2000 323CI as they have been the cheapest I can find.
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:11 AM   #2
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Did you end up buying the Valeo clutch conversion kit? I did, went with amazon.com and had it shipped to a US address. $450 USD + duty but packaging was a failure.
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:27 AM   #3
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I did buy it from them. The shipping was reasonably priced but all they did was put some banding on the package and sent it. Needless to say the plastic release bearing was obliterated when I opened the package. They were excellent about refunding me some money towards getting one locally. The customer service was amazing. I would recommend dealing with them for their service alone.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:19 PM   #4
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Exact same thing happened to me, you would think Valeo would source out better packaging? The car feels completely different (in a good way) but I'm getting a slight jitter off the lights and gearbox whine. Wondering if it goes away with time or if something is off balance?
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:29 AM   #5
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All us vette guys like them. I just ordered a clutch and alum flywheel for the zr1 from them.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:24 PM   #6
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The jitter is normal especially when brand new. Or at least from experience, I've found almost all aftermarket clutches chatter a bit as they get seated to the new flywheel. If its still there 3 months later there's a problem.
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The jitter is normal especially when brand new. Or at least from experience, I've found almost all aftermarket clutches chatter a bit as they get seated to the new flywheel. If its still there 3 months later there's a problem.
I figured as much, this is just part of the manual transmission experience

I'm more concerned with the whine sound actually. It's somewhat like reverse gear but a little more "grunt and grind" to it, only when accelerating under 2,500 rpm. Could just be some mechanical (4 cylinder) noise coming through the solid flywheel to the transmission.

I still have to bleed the clutch and install new shift linkage, otherwise pretty happy with it.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:24 AM   #8
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Did you change your pilot bearing?
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:33 AM   #9
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Did you change your pilot bearing?
Couldn't remove it, it appeared to be in decent condition so I'm not sure that's the problem. Besides, isn't the pilot bearing stationary when the clutch is out?
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:22 PM   #10
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Pilot bearing is what takes the load of the input shaft when you're driving. If it spins free and didn't feel crunchy then it's not likely a problem. It's just good practice to change it when you have everything apart.
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I know but it was getting late in the day. It's a pretty small but stubborn one! Apparently the classic cars didn't have a bearing, just a greased up metal sleeve. Food for thought I guess.

I may decide to pull it apart this winter and have a considerable amount of weight taken off the flywheel, I'll change the pilot bearing when I put it back together again. I have to pinpoint the source of a few noises first.
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