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Well I think I am finally done doing research on clutches for my setup. I'm purchasing the clutch set from an 87 Prelude 2.0si so that I can upgrade to a 212mm clutch like in the 90-91 clutch. This will also give me more options for a flywheel. I didn't feel very comfortable reducing the weight of the stock one due to possibly weakening it. But unfortunately their are practically no aftermarket flywheels for an 88si.

I'm ordering the Zoom Multi-friction kevlar clutch that has the organic material on the pressure plate side but kevlar on the flywheel side. Suppose to offer stock feel with better holding power. If anybody has any thoughts on this please feel free to post now because I am ordering all of this tomorrow. It is about $60 cheaper for the MF versus the full kevlar. The full kevlar looks a lot like the Action clutches but unfortunately they don't make a clutch for my setup.

I noticed when adding products to my shopping cart that the throwout bearing for the 87 prelude and 88 Rex differ so I am going to order that seperate.

I noticed a pretty good deal on Honda-Tech for a flywheel that has a lifetime warranty and free shipping. Looks to a good deal even though I can't find much info about the company. Again if anyone has a better idea please post now. I figure I'll just order the one for the d-series but will probably have to order a diff pilot bearing but I'm not really sure.

The flywheel is made by Evolution Industries both passwordjdm.com and robearracing.com carry them. Yesterday when seaching robear had it for 179 and free shipping but I am now having trouble finding it on their site. So it looks as though I might have to oder it from passwordjdm. It says that it is manufactured by Billet USA and weighs in at 11.5lbs which is pretty close to the weight I am looking for. Here is a pic of what I am talking about.


Of course I am not just going to replace the flywheel and clutch. I am going to oder a B&M shifter as well with enery suspension brushings...that is unless some one has a better option. Kind of sucks being the only person I know that has a CRX or a Civic for that matter...and I have both. But anyway please let me know what else you would recommend replacing while I am down there.

I was wanting to install a crossmember/traction bar as well but I think I am going to hold off for right now until the prices settle down as well as any design issues. Looks as though Full-Race just changed their design this week which was supposed to be the best designed traction bar before the redesign.

Anyway time for bed got work in the morning...kind of hope it is kind of slow so I can do some ordering.

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The flywheel has now been ordered. I ended up calling the guys at robearracing.com to get the price. $179 shipped compared to jdmpassword at $189 plus $30 for shipping.

Now I am checking out Honda-Tech for a short shifter. Some guy has a skunk2 single bend with es brushing and skunk2 knob all for about $150...good deal or should I pass?
 

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Well I ordered my Skunk2 short shifter today. I puchased the single bend with E.S. brushings and the 10th anniversary shift knob all for $145.95. I know there are cheaper options out there but I hear skunk2 is one of the best. Still need to order a few more things before I start taking my car apart. I will take some pictures once some of this stuff comes in.
 

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that flywheel looks slick. :) too bad you cant see it after its installed

short-shifter kit is so awesome. if i ever buy a family car (or VAN :roll: ) im gonna get a short-shift kit for it, even if the car sucks. (like a mazda 323 8) )
 

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It's too bad they can't make engine components out of clear acrylic or something. I would love to see all the parts moving. My ACT Prolite flywheel looks totally evil!

 

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I was originally going to go with the ACT flywheel. But I thought the EVO was a pretty good deal.

How much does that ACT weigh?
 

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The ACT ProLite flywheel is 8.4 lbs, and is made of forged chromoly steel.
 

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stickershop said:
It's too bad they can't make engine components out of clear acrylic or something. I would love to see all the parts moving.
sorry to chat about something other than clutches, but i wanted toc omment on this, cuz i thought it would be cool too. the only problem is, unless you have clear lubricants, the inside would probably be a mess of oil, and you wouldnt be able to see much :(

back on to clutches. I need to replace mine AGAIN because my oil-pump is leaking oil into my clutch housing :( at least i didnt pay big bucks for an aftermarket one. It hasnt started slipping yet, unless i try to do a burnout.
 

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back on to clutches. I need to replace mine AGAIN because my oil-pump is leaking oil into my clutch housing :( at least i didnt pay big bucks for an aftermarket one. It hasnt started slipping yet, unless i try to do a burnout.
That sucks man. So the seal has gone bad on that end? The oil pump is on the timing belt side.
 

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Well I just got off the phone with Zoom Clutches. They are trying to find some parts for me. Basically I am getting an 88 Accord LXi kevlar clutch disc. Throwout bearing for an 88 CRX Si and a PP from a 91 CRX Si. I forgot that the PP from the 88 Accord clutch set won't bolt up. He is suppose to call me back soon. I am just hoping that he isn't going to quote me something like $500.

I told him if this all works out they should offer a kit for people that have an 88 Si and want to upgrade their clutch.
 

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If he can't get everything together I need it looks like I will just order the ACT upgrade kit from clutchcityonline.com It does come with the clutch disk from an 88 Accord and the pressure plate from a 91 CRX. Plus it will bolt right up to my new flywheel.

Why didn't I just buy a 91 Si instead...I will never know.
 

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Got my new flywheel in today. But I am still having trouble getting a clutch. Seems every company wants to sell me a kit rather than selling the PP and Clutch disc seperately.

Here is the flywheel.
 

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stickershop said:
It's too bad they can't make engine components out of clear acrylic or something. I would love to see all the parts moving. My ACT Prolite flywheel looks totally evil!

LOL I run that flywheel as well.
I love mine.
Man stick! We think alike so much its scary. :shock:
 

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LOL I run that flywheel as well.
I love mine.
Man stick! We think alike so much its scary. :shock:
LOL... That flywheel looks so cool, that I actually put off installing it for a few days so that I could show my friends first. 8)
 

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You....you...attention whore you.. :lol:
I couldnt wait,I had that bad girl outta the box as fast as a prom dress comes off after ...well prom. :lol:
I r&r'ed the trans installed the flywheel AND installed the Phantom Grip LSD and the exedy clutch in less than 7 hours! :shock:
Man was I a tired rexer after that! :lol:
 

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Gotta love those big jobs. You know you've been working hard when no matter how much scrubbin you do, you cannot get the grease stains off your hands...and in the case of a transmission install, your forearms. ;)
 

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Gotta love those big jobs. You know you've been working hard when no matter how much scrubbin you do, you cannot get the grease stains off your hands...and in the case of a transmission install, your forearms. ;)
Sucks when you have a sales job with a shirt and tie and yet you still have grease on your hands and under your nails. I had to go through that after putting the clutch in my 96 Civic.
 

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THE SAGA CONTINUES...

Well I ended up purchasing the clutch disc from spec since they are pretty much the only company I talked to that offers a Kevlar disc for an 88 Accord and that will sell it seperate from the clutch kit. It was little less than $150 for the disc after shipping. Great company to deal with...much better results than ZOOM.

I decided that I didn't want to go with just a painted OEM Pressure Plate so I did some research. I read some where that a kevlar disc requires more pressure to work correctly. So I did some checking and found a couple of companies that actually manufacturer their own PP. One of them was ACT who wanted $270 after shipping for theirs. I did some more searching and found that Clutch Masters makes their own PP but they are insanely expensive.

Then I read about Action Clutches who also make their own PP. I did some negotiating and got a great deal on their single diaphram heavy duty PP that they use with the 1KS kevlar clutch kit.

Can't wait to get all this stuff in my car. Anything else I should get while I at it?
 

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A throwout bearing, clutch disc alignment tool, brake cleaner to clean your surfaces before assembly.
 
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