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jeepr 12-13-2012 12:55 PM

Clutch recommendations, stg2, SpecB
So, earlier in the year, on my 2008 SpecB with Stage2 and custom tune, the clutch started slipping in 5th and 6th when I would step on it to pass. I took the custom tune out and used the standard Cobb Stage 2 and bought myself some time, but now it's doing it again. What's strange is I only have 17,000 miles and two other SpecB people I know at Stage2 are still on their stock clutches. Oh well, bottom line, I need a clutch.

My first thought was Exedy. But, then someone suggested Clutch Master FX200. And yet someone else suggest ACT. I see on here talk of the FX300. And Exedy has Stage1 and Stage2, each with different spring options.

I don't plan to go beyond Stage2. If I'm reading my picture of the dyno right, I'm at about 230hp (at wheels) and 300ft lb of torque.

What do you guys suggest?

luchadorjose 12-13-2012 01:19 PM

i'm going with fx300 (STI fitment and STI flywheel) but it's a little overkill. I've heard that ACT clutches have pedal weight that's heavier than it needs to be. The FX300 has near stock pedal feel but it's SUPER grabby

jeepr 12-13-2012 01:30 PM

Yeah, I guess that adds another question, with whatever option do I need/want a different flywheel?

luchadorjose 12-13-2012 01:46 PM

you can resurface your flywheel (specB's come with the WRX single mass flywheel, i think, not the crazy dual mass one the 5mt legacys come with), or if you want an STI sized clutch you need to buy a STI flywheel. You can do either of those things. You definitely do not want to put a new clutch in without doing one of those two things tho.

jeepr 12-15-2012 09:58 AM

Nobody else with feedback on the options?

gordata 12-15-2012 03:04 PM

Check the production date to determine with flywheel you have, I have the Sti flywheel in my Spec B but some built later have the dual mass.....
I also need a clutch upgrade and leaning towards the south bend stage 2 endurance. Heard some good things about it from users.

jeepr 12-16-2012 09:42 AM

Check the production date against what? Mine was born in March of 2008. I've not seen any distinction on the websites of the clutch makers based on manufacture date.

Max Capacity 12-17-2012 09:26 AM

I had over 80,000 miles on the old Spec 2+, a lot of that at stage 2 power.

I now have a Spec 2 clutch and love it. Easier to drive and feels like the stock clutch in my 09 SpecB. The 2+ had a nice almost stock feel but was more of a high performance clutch that would chatter ever now and then. To stop it, I just side steped the pedal with tranny in neutral. But it worked great for launching the car.

JermTheElf 12-17-2012 09:45 AM

Don't go with an exedy stage 1

GTTuner 12-17-2012 10:27 AM


Originally Posted by jeepr (Post 4205142)
Nobody else with feedback on the options?

If you can swing the cost the ClutchMaster clutch is the nicest one I have installed to date. I have an ACT HS-SS in my car......great clutch but pedal effort is rediculous. My friends FX300 has a stock like pedal feel.

jeepr 12-17-2012 09:44 PM


now have a Spec 2 clutch and love it.
Sorry, this one is new to me, Spec 2??


My friends FX300 has a stock like pedal feel.
Someone is telling me FX300 is overkill for my needs, and is saying the FX200. Thoughts?

luchadorjose 12-17-2012 10:02 PM

Fx300 is a little overkill, but its future proof and will last longer than the fx200

Max Capacity 12-18-2012 05:04 AM


Originally Posted by jeepr (Post 4209132)
Sorry, this one is new to me, Spec 2??

Someone is telling me FX300 is overkill for my needs, and is saying the FX200. Thoughts?

You can buy them from some of the vendors on here. My last one came from Mike at

jeepr 12-18-2012 11:02 AM

Okay, leaning toward Clutch Master. But, oddly, their website had no option of a SpecB or 6-speed in the Leggy. I called them and it seemed like news to them. They are checking to see if it is the same as the STI (but for Exedy it is a different part number).

.:Catalyst:. 12-18-2012 11:43 AM

Talk with Infamous Performance - Mike knows what works and sells CM clutch setups (at great prices!).

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