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Old 04-30-2012, 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe_G View Post
Feels like it lost 500 lbs doesn't it.

Where did you hear that before.

BTW wait until you figure out it catches traction easier after breaking traction now.
You know why that happens right? The engine doesnt keep the moment of inertia as much so the tires dont light up as much. The engine rev's easier however it bogs down WAY easier. So i'm curious of different thoughts on this. Whats faster the slightly heavier clutch setup that pushes the car harder in the next gear or the one that can lose on the shifts if not perfect?
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You know why that happens right? The engine doesnt keep the moment of inertia as much so the tires dont light up as much. The engine rev's easier however it bogs down WAY easier. So i'm curious of different thoughts on this. Whats faster the slightly heavier clutch setup that pushes the car harder in the next gear or the one that can lose on the shifts if not perfect?
My 500 lb comment was pertaining to the gears, not the clutch. Putting gears in the car makes it feel 500 lbs lighter irrespective of the clutch.

I have a theory, which Justin is going to prove or disprove, that the heaver stock clutch which will take the slip makes launching a lot easier.

We shall see...
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Yes. It will take a good 500 miles of normal driving to fully break in this clutch. After break in it got smooth and no chatter. I was working on my car this week end and checked the inside of the bell housing thru the vent holes. There is almost no clutch dust at all inside the bell housing after a year of driving. After all the driving and track runs my clutch fluid is clear with no discoloration. I have only changed once in the last year. A big difference over all my other clutches I have had in the car.
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I have had the LS9X from Katech last year and now have the Mantic from ECS. Problems with LS9 clutch from Kaltech with 2,000 miles on it. One of the discs lost a clip in the center and caused an out of balance condition. Kateck did not stand behind it. said it was older than GM warranty on parts and did nothing to correct it. Last Katech part I will buy. ECS were stand up people on this and replaced it with a Mantic twin disc and only charged me for the additional Mantic parts. The Mantic is stronger and as smooth as the LS9 clutch. After break in it drives perfect with perfect shifting at all RPM,s I am putting 721 rwhp abd 655 tq thru it and it does not slip. Mantic is the way to go.
How did you like the LS9 clutch while it was in? Mine goes in this weekend.Although Katech didn't send the pressure plate bolts promised in the ad....
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Good info, thank you. This clutch is a bear to drive in morning rush hour traffic, I can tell you that much. I have definitely had to adjust my driving style/habits to accompany the difference in take-off style. I had to change my driving habits when the cam went in as well so it's not a huge deal. It is something that I'm having to get used to though.

The chatter in first gear with what I could consider 'regular' slippage is a little annoying. I'm hopeful that with continued stop and go driving, it'll break in and be more forgiving.

I'm also learning that my gas pedal sensitivity sucks too. There is some significant dead space when trying to feather the throttle on take off. I don't know if this is something I can adjust in the tune, or if it's something that I'll just have to deal with, but I'd love a more responsive pedal, i.e. cable throttle instead of drive by wire.

My wifes Mini Cooper is drive by wire too, but her pedal feels just like a cable throttle--as fast as you can pedal/feather the car, the engine responds the same.

When I'm idling at 900 and just barely push on the pedal, I either get 1800 rpms or nothing, it's very difficult, if not impossible, to get the car to gradually increase revs from 900-2000.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:18 AM
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There is an acceleration rate table in the electronic throttle tab.

Look at a stock 05 tune for how to slow it down.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:19 AM
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Thanks Joe, I'll check into it. I remember looking at some stuff in that area of HPT and I feel like one of the tables was maxed out but I'm not sure which one.
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Originally Posted by TNTC4VETTE View Post
Justin, I have heard from a couple guys that what you're hearing at idle with the pedal out has nothing to do with the clutch assembly, but the actual trans itself, since the lighter flywheel's rotating mass acts as less of a damper, so things bonk around a bit more back there. Solution, push in pedal...LOL

No firsthand experience, but this came from a GM tech and a builder I now here locally.
I was going to answer this and you took care of it, thanks!


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I wouldn't doubt it at all. The clutch works perfectly and I really like the pedal feel and overall performance. It's just retarded noisy in neutral
As soon as I push in the clutch pedal about an inch and a half, the noise immediately stops.
Clutch noise would come from when the clutch is depressed and the discs are loose, if the noise is when the clutch pedal is not being pressed it's in the drive train. TQ tube/trans, common with a cammed car.

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You and I both. Another 700 miles or so and I'll really lay into it. Right now, I'm just doing regular driving with the occasional 70% throttle blast, just to make sure everything is functioning correctly.

The car feels MUCH faster though, that is for sure--it also revs up much more quickly now and I find myself at 3800rpms without even trying. I'm really anxious to romp on it and do a 1st-2nd-3rd gear pull and see how it feels.

You know how your car feels when it makes a lot of power and you're not expecting it? That's what this feels like. I was very used to the 500whp from before and could drive on the edge of traction often and feel comfortable. With the new clutch and 3.90s, the car surprises me a LOT now. . .
Glad your happy with it so far Justin, I would take a look at your tune if your having a low end throttle/take off issues. I have had other Mantic twin customers have the same issue and after a tune correction the car/clutch was night and day according to the owner. (BillyY2kfrc)


Originally Posted by C6-13thPilotCar View Post
I have had the LS9X from Katech last year and now have the Mantic from ECS. Problems with LS9 clutch from Kaltech with 2,000 miles on it. One of the discs lost a clip in the center and caused an out of balance condition. Kateck did not stand behind it. said it was older than GM warranty on parts and did nothing to correct it. Last Katech part I will buy. ECS were stand up people on this and replaced it with a Mantic twin disc and only charged me for the additional Mantic parts. The Mantic is stronger and as smooth as the LS9 clutch. After break in it drives perfect with perfect shifting at all RPM,s I am putting 721 rwhp abd 655 tq thru it and it does not slip. Mantic is the way to go.
Glad to hear your enjoying your Mantic twin, and thanks!
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:15 AM
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Thanks for chiming in Doug. I'm patiently waiting for a proper breakin period before I really let the screws loose and see how it feels. Even with my ~60% throttle here and there, it feels much faster than before.

I upped the idle to 900 and that makes the neutral sound tolerable. I'm hoping it quiets down but if this is how it'll be, that's fine, I can deal with it. The clutch is super smooth going through the gears and the few times I've taken it to 5500, it shifted perfectly and VERY quickly. Did I mention I'm anxious to get the breakin completed?


Do you have any comment on the chatter in first gear takeoffs Doug? Is this something that people experience initially but goes away after breakin? When I first drove it after the install, it slipped as much as I wanted in first but now it chatters and fights back if I try and baby it off the line.
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Originally Posted by Justinjor View Post
Good info, thank you. This clutch is a bear to drive in morning rush hour traffic, I can tell you that much. I have definitely had to adjust my driving style/habits to accompany the difference in take-off style. I had to change my driving habits when the cam went in as well so it's not a huge deal. It is something that I'm having to get used to though.

The chatter in first gear with what I could consider 'regular' slippage is a little annoying. I'm hopeful that with continued stop and go driving, it'll break in and be more forgiving.

I'm also learning that my gas pedal sensitivity sucks too. There is some significant dead space when trying to feather the throttle on take off. I don't know if this is something I can adjust in the tune, or if it's something that I'll just have to deal with, but I'd love a more responsive pedal, i.e. cable throttle instead of drive by wire.

My wifes Mini Cooper is drive by wire too, but her pedal feels just like a cable throttle--as fast as you can pedal/feather the car, the engine responds the same.

When I'm idling at 900 and just barely push on the pedal, I either get 1800 rpms or nothing, it's very difficult, if not impossible, to get the car to gradually increase revs from 900-2000.
So Round 1 goes to the stock clutch.

Round 2: Lets see how it compares on the drag strip.
So you went 10.6x with stock clutch in decent air?
Any other changes being made to the car?

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Lets see how it compares on the drag strip.
So you went 10.6x with stock clutch in decent air?
Any other changes being made to the car?
[email protected] in +1000 DA at PBIR. The barometer and dew point were great, but the air temp was high at 78*.

Car has 3.90 gears now in addition to the new clutch.
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[email protected] in +1000 DA at PBIR. The barometer and dew point were great, but the air temp was high at 78*.

Car has 3.90 gears now in addition to the new clutch.
Got ya. Nice run.
I was hoping for a straight up comparison on the drag strip for overall et and launch.
It will still be interesting. Goodluck and get video.
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Got ya. Nice run.
I was hoping for a straight up comparison on the drag strip for overall et and launch.
It will still be interesting. Goodluck and get video.
Thanks. That means a lot coming from you

Trust me, I went back and forth over that very decision for weeks.
In the end, the ease of the rear end swap while the drivetrain was out was too much to pass up at the expense of an absolute direct comparison of stock vs aftermarket clutch.

I was also worried about the repeated aggressive launching and the stock diff and didn't want to shatter my ~$750 core.
It's built up now so I feel more comfortable launching it over 6k.

Video is a given and I'm hopeful I'll have another GoPro or two for extra angles this next race season
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Thanks. That means a lot coming from you

Trust me, I went back and forth over that very decision for weeks.
In the end, the ease of the rear end swap while the drivetrain was out was too much to pass up at the expense of an absolute direct comparison of stock vs aftermarket clutch.

I was also worried about the repeated aggressive launching and the stock diff and didn't want to shatter my ~$750 core.
It's built up now so I feel more comfortable launching it over 6k.

Video is a given and I'm hopeful I'll have another GoPro or two for extra angles this next race season

I"m looking forward to the runs aswell Justinjor. Did you get the BUILT rear from ECS when you got the clutch? So with gears and the new clutch with some half decent air you should be the seeing a better ET of .2-.3 better and should definitely 60ft harder now with the gears. That is going to be one VERY VERY impressive heads/cam C6. Keep up the great work Justin.
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I"m looking forward to the runs aswell Justinjor. Did you get the BUILT rear from ECS when you got the clutch? So with gears and the new clutch with some half decent air you should be the seeing a better ET of .2-.3 better and should definitely 60ft harder now with the gears. That is going to be one VERY VERY impressive heads/cam C6. Keep up the great work Justin.
I was thinking .2-.3 without a gear swap to be worth it if there are compromises with street driving.

I'd like to see a .1 gain in 60' from an aftermarket clutch over the stock which some feel gives about .2 in overall et.
Then you have the lower mass and ease to powershift maybe adding another .1.

That would put this car in the mid 10.3x's which seems about right for the top dog and that's not including the built 3.90 diff. Should be intersting. He may challenge your zr1 times, pipe.
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Right now Justin's car is cam only, Bruce.
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At the risk of pi$$ing a friend off...

I'm worried that that clutch is going to slow him down as it'll spin tires or bog.

He and I have really learned to use the clutch almost like a torque converter, or a clutch in a top fueler, that slips and locks up over time as opposed to locking up upon release and God bless the rest of the drivetrain.

My friend Double A Vette has had a heck of a time with his new dual clutch. He is so disgusted he won't drive the car anymore. He was turning 1.4's with his stock clutch.

And I truly hope I'm wrong. Justin is one of the quickest studies I've met so he's the perfect guy to try this out.

Time will tell.
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You guys are putting a lot of pressure on me. I can't imagine I'll see a 10.39 but wow, that would certainly be awesome.

My car is still just a cam-only C6 coupe and will likely stay that way.
Intake, headers, UDP, ported TB, ported manifold, and cam are the only sources of extra power.

I hope you're wrong Joe and even still, that wouldn't **** me off anyway. It would just mean I'd have to try something else. I trust the guys at ECS and given they do a LOT of drag racing, I went with their recommendation.
I can't see the clutch slowing me down though but we'll have to see when push comes to shove. I need new drag radials right now so until I pick some up, I won't be at the track.

Why is it that you think I'll go slower Joe? Is it the idea that I can't slip on the launch anymore and thus my 60' will suffer?

.1 off my 60ft time would be incredible but I don't see it happening. Even if the car is capable of it, I don't have big enough ***** to launch it off the limiter with slicks to even attempt it.
I'd be happy with consistent low 1.5s-high 1.4s. I'm hopeful that the gear change will be enough to take the top spot.
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You guys are putting a lot of pressure on me. I can't imagine I'll see a 10.39 but wow, that would certainly be awesome.

My car is still just a cam-only C6 coupe and will likely stay that way.
Intake, headers, UDP, ported TB, ported manifold, and cam are the only sources of extra power.

I hope you're wrong Joe and even still, that wouldn't **** me off anyway. It would just mean I'd have to try something else. I trust the guys at ECS and given they do a LOT of drag racing, I went with their recommendation.
I can't see the clutch slowing me down though but we'll have to see when push comes to shove. I need new drag radials right now so until I pick some up, I won't be at the track.

Why is it that you think I'll go slower Joe? Is it the idea that I can't slip on the launch anymore and thus my 60' will suffer?

.1 off my 60ft time would be incredible but I don't see it happening. Even if the car is capable of it, I don't have big enough ***** to launch it off the limiter with slicks to even attempt it.
I'd be happy with consistent low 1.5s-high 1.4s. I'm hopeful that the gear change will be enough to take the top spot.
That's my fear...the dual disk will not slip, it'll pretty much lock up, and spin tires or bog.

I really hope I'm wrong. But if I'm not you'll want to look into getting bias ply rear tires...your rear end is not gonna like drag radials and dead hooking...built or not.

So my point is try your current tires before you buy new ones.

If it slips like the stock clutch, you'll be able to get lower than 1.48.
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How did you like the LS9 clutch while it was in? Mine goes in this weekend.Although Katech didn't send the pressure plate bolts promised in the ad....
Did you get the R or X? I have the R and it been great. It hold the power, drives great, and is easy to slip.

Looking forward to your track runs Justin.
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