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Stock 03/04 Clutch life ?

Discussion in 'Driveline' started by 03soniccobra01, Jun 26, 2004.

How many miles have you got out of your 03/04 Cobra clutches?

  1. 0-10000

    95 vote(s)
    20.4%
  2. 10000-12500

    41 vote(s)
    8.8%
  3. 12500-25000

    141 vote(s)
    30.3%
  4. 25000-35000

    188 vote(s)
    40.4%
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  1. 03soniccobra01

    03soniccobra01 Banned

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    I had a chatter in my cluch and TOB noise.
    The Ford guys said I needed a new Clutch assm. And a NEW Updated TOB Sleeve assm.
    When it was done (and after I got over the fact that the lot boy backed a golf cart into my Cobra!!!!) I asked to see it. It was TOAST. I have changed many clutches in my life and never have I seen a Fly wheel with so many HOT SPOTS....And the disk was Almost down to the rivets. (BTW...anyone know why the pressure plate is deeply cut and threaded twards the center??) the tech said thats how the cobra cluch was made, but could not tell me why!
    Any way my question is how many miles Hve you brother (and sister) cobra owners got out of your clutches?:burnout:
    Mine only had 8905 miles!
    And yes, I do know how to drive and no, it was not abused!
    They sure do not seem to be able to hold the torqe these cars make for long. What do you think?:shrug:
     
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  2. LTHL VNM

    LTHL VNM GODZILLA Established Member

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    how many miles were on yours?
     
  3. Juiced-03

    Juiced-03 Active Member Established Member

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    28,000 miles on mine, still like new.
     
  4. '03 Sonic Blue

    '03 Sonic Blue "So blue you can hear it" Established Member

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    Over 10k with no problems.

    --Mike
     
  5. captain4g63

    captain4g63 Idiot Established Member

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    14k miles, 200+ runs down the 1/4.
    Feels like new.
     
  6. Z O SICK

    Z O SICK New Member Established Member

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    12K and counting and no problems.
     
  7. stevieb

    stevieb New Member Established Member

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    At 7400 mine developed a chatter that got so bad it was like trying to take off in 3rd gear. I had the tob squeel about 10 times in the last 3k, so I took it in and the tech tried to tell me how to drive and there was nothing wrong with the car.
    I know the service mgr, took him for a ride and he agreed to go in and look at the tob since I reported the squeel and update it, then theyll look at the clutch while theyre in there.
    It was funny when I brought the car in, the writer couldnt believe this was the only repair required (first time in too). So after day 1 no call from the dealer.....hmm must have found something I guess.
     
  8. illadvisedSnake

    illadvisedSnake need supporting mods!!!! Established Member

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    I had the same exact problem at 3700 miles.....brought it in for a chattering noise and the mechanic said the clutch looked like a cheetah....
     
  9. YoungCobra

    YoungCobra aka BigBlackCobra Established Member

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    16 000 kms and it's finished. Nittos, maybe a 100 passes and a heavy vert = clutch gone bad. All good, time to get a new input shaft and better clutch.
     
  10. JKD COBRA

    JKD COBRA The 6th Deadly Venom Established Member

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    27,000 miles and going strong. 6 runs down the 1/4, three with a 2.80 pulley, and three with a 2.80 and ported blower with multiple runs off the track all with a 2.80/ported blower. So far the clutch shows no signs of slippling at all :thumbsup:
     
  11. VintagePorscheG

    VintagePorscheG Old School SVT Poster Established Member

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    Over 36k on my stock clutch now...

    Where did you ladies learn to drive?
     
  12. 03soniccobra01

    03soniccobra01 Banned

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    mine did not slip at all.....it engauged funny...and chattered.
    it had life in it but the damn thing does not seem to be that heavy duty??
     
  13. stevieb

    stevieb New Member Established Member

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    Update,
    My clutch is fine, The chatter was a cracked front bearing retainor and I am getting a brand spanking new trans!:beer:
     
  14. Screamn03

    Screamn03 Snake In The Weeds Established Member

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    12.5K and counting, daily driven hard
     
  15. Imperial Pose

    Imperial Pose Winning Is A Habit Established Member

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    19k w/ ~ 60 1/4 track runs. I think it was the 2nd gear auto-x launches that killed me. I was impressed w/ the stock clutch. RIP.
    New Centerforce went in yesterday.
     
  16. '03 Sonic Blue

    '03 Sonic Blue "So blue you can hear it" Established Member

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    Why launch in 2nd?
     
  17. Cobra03

    Cobra03 Fordrarri Established Member

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    More. I am at 24,000 miles with 6 hours of track time at Road Atlanta - that is a lot of heel-toe downshifts. No problems yet - original clutch going strong.
     
  18. TargeT

    TargeT New Member Established Member

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    Mine only had 8905 miles!
    And yes, I do know how to drive and no, it was not abused!

    :bs:

    My TOB started chattering bad @ 19k miles, by 20k the pedal started kicking back at my foot, took it in, TOB retaining sleave was bad, new trans for me :D , but now my TOB is chattering again.. in she goes on tuesday.....
     
  19. stevieb

    stevieb New Member Established Member

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    Im curious as to what reason they gave you for needing a new trans.
    they told me my frt bearing retainer (tob sleeve, same thing) cracked and the front bearing beat the main case. Ford knows theres a problem with these and thats why Ford wont sell the dealer a sleeve or a new case, just sending them a new trans. I told them keep em coming and please dont forget to tighten everything when they're done.
     
  20. 03SoCalCobra

    03SoCalCobra HIGH PSI 03 Established Member

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    LMAO :lol:

    43k miles, ~30+ drag passes, ~200+ street launches

    and still holding strong
     
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