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What clutch to get for lt1?

This is a discussion on What clutch to get for lt1? within the LT1 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; ok well my clutch finally is crapping out is my 96 trans 6 speed, and i was wanting yalls opinion ...

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    What clutch to get for lt1?

    ok well my clutch finally is crapping out is my 96 trans 6 speed, and i was wanting yalls opinion on what clutch/pressure plate to get? should i stick with oem since all i have is bolts ons? or should i go with something better, dont have much to spend so please let me know and where i could get it!!
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    There is a thred right below about the same thing. No real answers yet but I would research the differamce between the LT1 clutch kit and an LT4 see if there is a differance. Lots of aftermarket stuff out there too. Find names of stuff and search the site if you don't get any replys, maybe u will find an old thread

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    If you dont have immediate plans for big power, stick with something mild, like a stock replacement, LT4 clutch, or similar. Aftermarket clutches, for the most part, suck. Their driveability sucks, and they're just not fun to drive around with.

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    When I did a clutch in my wifes 97Z about a year ago,,,No one even offered the LT4 clutch anywhere that I could find.
    I guess much like the heads and intakes,,,they were discontinued with the rest of it.

    I ended up going with a Ram HDX setup which is a semi-metalic clutch that is considered a mild upgrade from a stock setup.
    It worked well and grabbed like crazy but it always had a slight chatter problem with low rpm easy driving,,,funny though when you got aggressive with it,,,it would smooth right out.

    Other than that I had no complaints. If I were to do it over I'd probably shoot for something different though.

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    oh ok well i am looking at a bunch of like ram and mcleod and spec stage 2 kits but man they are pretty pricey and i did my research and alot of this kits like i just listed all use the same lt4 pressure plate made by valeo or however u spell it , they usually put a sticker over it or their logo.. i am looking at the same clutch kit at autozone and oriellys and they both have the lt4 clutch kit but i was thinking about using the lt4 pp and gettin just a disk from somewheres else, but as of now i do not have no big plans for big power at all!! so i am thinking about going with the one at autozone/oriellys, but i just wanted to get everyones opinion on it and such....but do i need to get my flywheel resurfaced or turned or what?

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    I've heard alot of the aftermarket has copied the LT4 pressure plate. I just couldn't find a complete LT4 setup from GM or otherwise at the time.
    But there are alot of other good choices out there but like you said,,,just have to spend the money.

    I would definately resurface the flywheel...

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    yeh im gonna do the flywheel just wanted to make sure if i was supposed to or not! but its hard to find the original lt1 pp now, most of everyone carrys the lt4 pp ...but for a kit from mcleod that has the same lt4 pp but with a mcleod disk its like 600 dollars, and i could just got but the same lt4 pp and oem disk for 230 at autozone and go buy just a mcleod disk for 250 and save me 100 bucks or so and still have the SAME kit ya know , some people dont realize that lol but i just wanted to know if i should stick with the kit at oriellys or get and aftermarket disk!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by camarostripes96 View Post
    yeh im gonna do the flywheel just wanted to make sure if i was supposed to or not! but its hard to find the original lt1 pp now, most of everyone carrys the lt4 pp ...but for a kit from mcleod that has the same lt4 pp but with a mcleod disk its like 600 dollars, and i could just got but the same lt4 pp and oem disk for 230 at autozone and go buy just a mcleod disk for 250 and save me 100 bucks or so and still have the SAME kit ya know , some people dont realize that lol but i just wanted to know if i should stick with the kit at oriellys or get and aftermarket disk!!!
    Ya I've never been a fan of the discs you get at autozone and some of the other outlet stores. I've had them fly apart in the past when I was running them. Thank god I was using the old cast iron bellhousings.
    After a couple of tries with that I went back to a Hays disc and never had a problem. I kinda like my toes

    We are talking many years ago with some old school stuff,,,maybe they make them better now??? I'm not willing to try again though.

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    ok so where do i get the disc at?

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    I've always stuck to a good name brand like McCloud, Ram, Hays, Centerforce. Plenty to choose from and price shop for.

    I tend to stick with what I know. Although there are alot of LS guys that seem to like that Spec clutch. Not sure if they make something for LT1 or not.

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    well hell this is no help, lol decisions decisions decisions !!!! lol should i just throw the stocker back in there and forget about it since i have no plans for big power?

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    The LT4 pp is what I am running and I have 430hp at the tires. Good hold, but it will slip a little if I don't lift between shifts. It feels just like stock, I recommend. I have the LT4 disc. You can buy the LT4 pp and disc from GMPartsdirect.com for $400. Howeverm, I would recommend taking your LT1 disc and having it resurfaced with better grade material(like the Spec 2 or 3) and that will allow you to keep the springs that soften the hit to the tires and give you more grab. I have a LT4 pp brand new in the box, if you want to buy it. I think will be going Spec Stage 3 or 3+ eventually. Take a look at LMP to see those prices.

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    is ur lt4 pp brand new? whats wrong with the one at autozone/oriellys? is that kit worth it and what does it come with all? lt4pp, disc, throw out bearing or what ? is this what u have in urs?

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    The LT4 pp is brand new. It does have a throw out bearing. It does not have a disc. I do have my used LT1 disc that could be rebuilt. I have some pictures also. Email me or call me if you are interested.

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