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Zack1978
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:17 pm    Post subject: Clutch Kit - What brand? Reply with quote

Hi everyone,
I will be replacing my clutch soon and I need some help in selecting the best kit available.
I have read that Sachs is the best available OEM part, yes? No? There are many options for a clutch kit on rockauto. They even list three different Sachs kits, with one being more expensive. I will gladly pay more for quality. My car is 100% stock, and it will remain that way. So please steer me in the direction of the best quality kit available, with part numbers if possible.
Also if I need a new flywheel, what is the best available part?


My car is a stock 1972 Karmann Ghia.

Thank you,
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a few shops that o know of that are dependable. Powerhaus, Carcraft, Brothers, Aircooled.net. Any one of those companies will send you the right clutch kit. Priority mail is 3 days. I agree a Sachs clutch kit is perfect.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take your flywheel and send to a quality shop like DPR../ RIMCO, ETC, Have yours restored and install a new glad nut (grease It) and drop of loc-tite on threads. TQ it. the success of the clutch job is worth the wait. Install a new clutch cable (German) and Bowden tube, (Grease them) check condition of your pedal assy.. restore as needed. all these parts are part of your clutch system.

Also look into replacing the transmission mounts (OEM best..)

The aftermarket flywheels are mostly junk.
The attached PIC is a German FW that I had DPR match to a crank and balance with the clutch kit.
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/415711.jpg

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rockauto most likely has multiple listings because the were different sizes and styles of clutch used throughout the years.
agree with the above posters; get hold of a VW vendor and provide them with the info you have provided us and they will set you up.

Sachs 200mm "late style" clutch kit with sprung disc: 3000.026.002 is what you need
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI - Rock auto is not always the best deal by any stretch. Would suggest checking with your local FLAPS if you dont want to order from one of the many VW specific vendors. Have had a lot of good luck with Carquest, which also owns Advance Auto. Not happy with their wheel cylinders though...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SACHS or LUK pressure plate and Daiken disk.
If your old pressure plate is a lever type and you like it then keep it, all the new ones are diaphragm ones, and they will feel different, so if you swap types don't be alarmed!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been using Berg's dual friction disc for quite a few years. I've used Daiken disks before but I've had them fail. I seem to remember it cracking.

Regular disks typically only last me a year. Berg's dual friction disk lasts me at least 3 years.

http://www.geneberg.com/cat.php?cPath=59_2690

http://www.geneberg.com/product_info.php?cPath=59_2690&products_id=463

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

berg probably ="dual friction" Centerforce disk, also available from CB
Yeah those are very good too, but possibly overkill for stock.
That and a 9 spring cover is what I run in my DD, working great for many years, and I abuse it with no remorse.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a lightened flywheel for a little more get up and go.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

modok wrote:
berg probably ="dual friction" Centerforce disk, also available from CB Yeah those are very good too, but possibly overkill for stock..


All it takes is a stock engine turning tall tires without using the proper ring and pinion and it really takes it's toll on the clutch disk.

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