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Clutch Replacement

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I burnt the clutch on my solstice, yup all my fault. Its driven hard and brake boosting and power sliding everywhere killed it, the extra power from the tune didn't help either.. I haven't driven it in a while, its my only car but I work overseas so I spend weeks without needing it at a time. Also makes it impossible for me to do the transmission job myself. Regardless this car is a completely different monster in complicated than the cars I have built and worked on before.

Does anybody know how much a gm dealer would charge to drop a clutch in there, or a shop that visits this place in the New England area can give me a quote? I will be buying a clutch and flywheel when I get back most likely from a vendor here. I am going to push up the power some more, I am chasing 400 torque so I have to do some research on what clutch will hold the torque.

Any info appreciated,
I know someone that has a shop but he dislikes working on US cars and I know for a fact he has never worked on a rwd sport car layout before, He is a big in the FWD drag racing and those are the cars he builds. Worse case scenario I can leave it at his shop.
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If possible, try and go with a twin disk clutch. My bf has a Spec Stage 3+ in his Solstice, and while it works fine now that it is installed, we had a hell of a time with the installation. Spec was not very helpful either. Recently they sent the wrong pressure plate to a friend of mine and refuse to admit their mistake. Just haven't had very good experience with them. With that being said, no matter what clutch you go with, the install is a pain. The whole rear end of the car needs to be dropped to get the tranny back on. I think a shop could do it for $700-$800 if you shopped around, but that is likely if they haven't relized the PITA they are getting themselves into, lol. If you live near enough to a kappa shop such as DDM or Werks I would very highly recommend letting them do it as they have the process down pat and can catch if there is anything not right with the clutch or flywheel before install. Best of luck with your swap and be sure to let us know how it goes!
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If you do go with Spec most definitely use the Spec provided spacer AND buy the Werks spacer. Use both! You will thank me later. And yes, go ahead and replace the slave while you are in there
The spacers are easy to install. Anybody at all experienced with clutches should know where they go. If they have any trouble just have them call me and I'll explain it. I'll PM you my number. Like I said though, do yourself a favor and buy the Werks one as well. And yes buy a slave. They are not that expensive and will possible save you from dropping that tranny shortly (or even right after) you put it back on.
So getting wrong parts from spec will be a disaster, If ddm just puts in an order through spec I may look elsewhere.
Yes, they order through Spec, BUT a huge advantage to ordering through them is they know EXACTLY what everything should look like and have others on hand to compare it to. They will know right away if you don't have the right parts. A non-kappa clutch installer will likely have no idea until you can't get the tranny mounted back up or the clutch bled. I have had GREAT experiences with DDM every time I have ever needed anything. They will make up in customer service what Spec lacks, lol
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