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Old 01-21-2015, 07:07 PM   #1
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Due to weather.. and my wife buying me a very nice car cover.. I haven't driven the Stang for any length of time in 3 weeks..

My Arthritis is GONE. No Pain. No limping. No agony waking me up in the middle of the night.. Been driving my wifes Wrangler with a 5 gear and a light clutch..

Everyone I've talked to says aftermarket is a little stiffer (2006 GT)... I've been in new cars that you breath on the peddle and it's on the floor..

Any hope or do I get a divorce from the Stang? I do not want to go back to all the pain...(after in traffic, I have to push on my knee to depress the stock clutch)...

I really do NOT want to go back to being in pain all the time (yes.. on prescription drugs for it)...
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:15 AM   #2
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:23 PM   #3
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maybe trade for an auto?
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twin disc clutches have reduced pedal effort
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If I have to failmatic.. I stop driving... lay down and die... Roy.. may special death rain down on you and may your dead body never be found down at the bottom of a lake in a Prius while you're engaged in sexual congress with another man..

Gonna keep rocking the Jeep for a while and see what happens.
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:09 AM   #6
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Could the stang be your weekend warrior? Drive it when you want, have fun, but not everyday where it will hurt you.

Also, not sure if it was my mind playing tricks on me but when I changed to a braided steel clutch line it felt a little lighter.
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... Roy.. may special death rain down on you and may your dead body never be found down at the bottom of a lake in a Prius while you're engaged in sexual congress with another man.. ...
I don't care who you are, that $hit right there is funny!
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:43 AM   #8
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Today's autos are much more reliable and efficent than yesterday's trannies. Switch to an auto, get it tuned to shift firmly if you want it a little more aggressive and then get off your Whambulance.
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twin disc clutches have reduced pedal effort
That's true but they also cost double of what a single disc clutch would cost. Depends on whether you're happy with a $400-$500 single disc clutch that'll handle 400-500hp, or whether you prefer a $900-$1000 twin disc clutch that'll handle 900-1000hp.
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:48 PM   #12
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Get a spec stage 3+, then you'll have something to complain about!

I don't think any of the aftermarket clutches are going to be noticeably lighter than stock. Only way to get lighter is with a weaker pressure plate.

I don't think you should even be driving while taking prescription pain killers. I took oxy when I had kidney stones and I couldn't drive, it was down right dangerous even 12 hours after taking one.
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You'll maybe skoff at the suggestion I offer but ..... it works.

http://www.shop.bondraperformanceeng...sion-MusEZ.htm

It's 40 mm thick, that is about 1.57 inches. It does not decrese effort but it changes where the pedal is at any point. When you drive your brake pedal never goes to the floor if the braking system is up to snuff, so why would you design the clutch operated by the other similar length leg adjoined at the butt in the same seat to go all the way to the floor at start up and nearly so when changing gears?

Tape a 2 X 2 X 1-1/2 piece of wood to your pedal and try it. That's like a piece of 2x4 (1-1/2" thick they are) cut 2" long and 2" wide.

I promise you, the effort won't change but the apparent effort it requires from you will drop a bunch because you will not be extending that left lag in near as straight a manner. Because of the angles the effort will seem less as it is just easier than straightening that leg all the way to the floor.

Back in the old days and other cars I've had the clutch pedal did not go to the floor and was often parked slightly higher than the brake as it does take more travel, so they started it higher.
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:43 AM   #14
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You could get a custom pedal made with different pivot points that would drastically decrease pedal effort, with a slightly longer throw.
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You'll maybe skoff at the suggestion I offer but ..... it works.

http://www.shop.bondraperformanceeng...sion-MusEZ.htm
I have one of these and it works great allowing me to sit further rearward. Prior to the pedal extension I had to be much closer to the steering wheel to push the clutch all the way to the floor.

Back to the OP's question on a lighter clutch. My left knee is not the best and I've wanted to get a lighter clutch for mine also. I few weeks back I sat in a new Corvette at the local dealership and could not believe how light the pedal was. I believe they use a twin disk setup, but its a night and day difference between mine. Any idea how they do it?
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Here is a guy that is pretty excited about the light pedal pressure of his ACT twin disk clutch. This happened to be on a SVT mustang, but I would think its worth checking into the ACT model for our cars.

http://www.svtperformance.com/forums...can-say-is-WOW!
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Easy. I would get a divorce. Good reason as any. If your wife does not support you on this take it as a sign of things to come. Wish you the best.
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Easy. I would get a divorce. Good reason as any. If your wife does not support you on this take it as a sign of things to come. Wish you the best.
He said divorce from the Mustang, not his wife.


OP: Twin Disc clutch FTW. When I had my 2000, I swapped from an Auto to a magnum T-56, and went with a Mcleod Twin Disc. That was a cable clutch and it still had lighter pressure than my 2011.

Also, keep in mind, you shouldn't be sitting far enough away that your leg is straight with the clutch pedal depressed, it should still have a slight bend in it. There are a multitude of safety reasons for this, especially in the event of an accident, so you might want to re-adjust your seating position as well.
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Easy. I would get a divorce. Good reason as any. If your wife does not support you on this take it as a sign of things to come. Wish you the best.
Luckily the OP was only going to divorce his Mustang. Easy? Divorce your wife over a car issue? Hopefully you don't do marriage counseling.
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Old 02-07-2015, 11:03 PM   #20
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We're legally separated... been driving Jeep TJ with similar clutch effort... sits much higher.. no pain.. off prescription arthritis meds...no agony at 2:00am in morning... Stang up for sale..
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