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Old 09-08-2008, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has Anyone used this brand and can anyone report as to how a "stage II" will work in a bone stock RT/TT? Thanks in advance.

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If the "stage 2" is still the TZ then I would recommend it. I have it on my nearly bone stock TT and its lasted about 3 years. i took it to the track about 3-4 times a year and i've beat on it more than that on the street. i loved launching with it since its got instant grip. right now its slipping so i'm going with oem; and thats only because i am not planning to upgrade anything anytime soon so i rather save some cash on that end.
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ohhh, memories! Myself and John Monnin were pretty much the first ones to introduce this clutch to the community, WAY back in 2003 or so. I lived around 15 miles from the place and spent a lot of time there. My car was actually the tester for the first TZ and the DXD.

I had the DXD in my car (11.9's) and loved it. Many people put the TZ in theirs and that's also a great upgrade from stock, but if you are making big power then you will overpower it.

I haven't been in contact with them for at least 2.5 years so I'm not sure if everything is still as good as it used to be, but they were great "back in the day".
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If the "stage 2" is still the TZ then I would recommend it. I have it on my nearly bone stock TT and its lasted about 3 years. i took it to the track about 3-4 times a year and i've beat on it more than that on the street. i loved launching with it since its got instant grip. right now its slipping so i'm going with oem; and thats only because i am not planning to upgrade anything anytime soon so i rather save some cash on that end.
Thanks for the reply. To get this straight though, you recommend it, but you're going OE for your next one? We don't want to spend extra cash either. We just want a streetable clutch that will last w/SOME trips to the strip behind the stock engine.
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ohhh, memories! Myself and John Monnin were pretty much the first ones to introduce this clutch to the community, WAY back in 2003 or so. I lived around 15 miles from the place and spent a lot of time there. My car was actually the tester for the first TZ and the DXD.

I had the DXD in my car (11.9's) and loved it. Many people put the TZ in theirs and that's also a great upgrade from stock, but if you are making big power then you will overpower it.

I haven't been in contact with them for at least 2.5 years so I'm not sure if everything is still as good as it used to be, but they were great "back in the day".
i bet eddie was the one that built your clutch wasnt he? Did you know he got busted for having one of the largest meth labs in the state? Andy is good at what he doesn, but eddie sent me a couple of monster clutches for testing in TX
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LOL, I didn't know that about Eddie, any links to news stories?

Eddie was my first contact, then he left and I dealt with Andy and arr... urr... M... darn can't remember, it's a weird name that started with M.

I'm not sure that Eddie "built" the clutches at that time but he spec'ed them out and pretty much "invented" them.

I remember that Eddie was sending "someone" some monster clutches in TX. He wouldn't even tell me who it was, just that it was a very highly modified car that may be featured in magazines, etc. Whatever came of that?
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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NVM, found it...
Oh Crystal Meth… | Day After Yesterday

dates are links to stories from the local TV station. Wow. He was always a bit weird....

(edit) damn, the links are all dead

What was his last name, I can't remember...
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NVM, found it...
Oh Crystal Meth… | Day After Yesterday

dates are links to stories from the local TV station. Wow. He was always a bit weird....

(edit) damn, the links are all dead

What was his last name, I can't remember...
its sad,,,eddie was my friend funny how all my friends (really nice people ) are all crooks, prositutes and bullys. sigh. anyway. SBC FTW!!
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Back on topic...what is the advantage of this clutch over stock LONGEVITY wise, w/a stock engine, and probably 4-5 trips to the strip/year?

I way "longevity wise" b/c I expect clamping effectiveness to be much better than stock.
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:31 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Is this the "rally" clutch? Thats the one I have, and it seems to be a great clutch so far. I believe it the stock disc w/ an upgraded pressure plate, therefore longevity should be the same as oem.
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