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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Need your clutch opinions

Hey guys, the stock clutch is finally starting to go in the Z. I just wanted to get some of your opinions on what I should go with. It will need to handle at least 500 hp. The car is not a daily driver. It will be ran at the track a few times a year. I appreciate any help guys.

Edit: I should point out the car is a bolt on only car as of now but is getting torn down for a rebuild this winter and getting stroked to a 383 and built for power. Like mentioned before I'm shooting for mid 400 to 500 hp..
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 07:33 PM
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Most likely the best choice would be a RAM. my buddy has a 95 trans am with a HIGH PERFORMANCE 383 making 540 to the wheels, however when he replacd the clutch it did nothing but slip it until it was burnt up. So i would spend a little extra money and get one thats going to hold up.
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ram and spec both make good clutches just read the add when you go to pick one out and just make sure you get one to handle the kind of power that you are wanting to be making.

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Ram powergrip hd is my choice. They're $479.00 @ Pace Performance and Texas Speed will match that price. Just FYI. Oh and they're made in America.

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Most likely the best choice would be a RAM. my buddy has a 95 trans am with a HIGH PERFORMANCE 383 making 540 to the wheels, however when he replacd the clutch it did nothing but slip it until it was burnt up. So i would spend a little extra money and get one thats going to hold up.

Just curious as to what his set up is as mine is being finished right now. Thanks

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I was running a ram powergrip HD until my head cracked on me, loved it, little rough on the street and the ole U-Joints but Held spray nicely.
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Ram powergrip hd is my choice. They're $479.00 @ Pace Performance and Texas Speed will match that price. Just FYI. Oh and they're made in America.
I'm hearing a lot about this clutch. Any idea what kinda power they are good for? Or do they have different setups for different power setups, my goal is 450 to 500 wheel hp.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 04:27 AM
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I have abused Spec clutches for the last 10 yrs... I love em and when I dont their customer service department works with me until I am happy. I bought a Spec Stage 3+ that didnt like the 200 shot of nitrous...Called them and they worked out a deal to upgrade to their stage 5.

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Ram powergrip hd is good for 650 crank hp...according to advertisement.

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As a Spec dealer, I'm a little biased, but I'm using the Spec Stage 3 in my 396 build. I, too, have abused Spec clutches with some decent power levels and they just keep on putting up with it...

And, yes, they are a great company to work with.

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Like mentioned before I'm shooting for mid 400 to 500 hp..
quite a diffrence between 400 & 500 hp from a LT1...assumeing you mean RWHP

My $02 is a dual disc clutch..aka "twin". Mc Leod makes one for LT1 and SPEC may also. Get ceramic material disc vs organic
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Another vote for spec. I have run the crap out of my stage 3+ in my 93 Z, not a single slip. I just ordered 1 for the Corvette, cause if you gonna do it, do it right.
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I like diamond clutches. I had a stage 3 for about 40k miles behind a 408. It never missed a beat. He only has LS clutches on his website, but give him a call and he can get lt1.

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-16-2012, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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I appreciate everyone's input. I'll definitely be looking into these clutch set ups mentioned here.

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