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Old 04-27-2007, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default aluminum flywheel

what would be the advantages and diadvantages forr installing an aluminum flywheel? does anyone on here have one?

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Old 04-27-2007, 08:13 PM   #2
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what would be the advantages and diadvantages forr installing an aluminum flywheel? does anyone on here have one?
I have a Fidanza and have used it for about 4 years.

Plus. The engine revs like mad.

Knock. It's a pain in traffic and on hills. Getting started from a stop is not as easy as with a heavy flywheel.

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Old 04-27-2007, 08:56 PM   #3
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I have a Fidanza and have used it for about 4 years.

Plus. The engine revs like mad.

Knock. It's a pain in traffic and on hills. Getting started from a stop is not as easy as with a heavy flywheel.

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I can back him on this, I've talked to a guy on Cardomain, and he said basically the same thing. He also said he couldn't hold 1st gear too well, but he had stock tires and an intake, header, exhaust, and plug wires. He might still be on here as "sweetwagon"...

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Old 04-27-2007, 09:15 PM   #4
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I can back him on this, I've talked to a guy on Cardomain, and he said basically the same thing. He also said he couldn't hold 1st gear too well, but he had stock tires and an intake, header, exhaust, and plug wires. He might still be on here as "sweetwagon"...

This is the perfect example of how things get messed up on here. People who have no idea of what they are talking about start putting input in. Monkius has never had a light flywheel but he is ready to back what "I" said based on what he read about someone he does not know on cardomian of all things.

You will not have any trouble "holding" any gear any mopre that with a stocker, especially 1st as you have the highest gear reduction in that position. The only trouble you will have is geting started from a stop. In traffic you will have to slide the clutch quite a bit more that with a stocker beacuse if you don't you will either A: stall, B: ram the guy in front of you or C: have to wait 4 seconds for the guy in front of you to get far enough ahead.

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Old 04-30-2007, 09:23 AM   #5
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It's worth whatever downfalls anyone can come up with.

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Old 04-30-2007, 11:44 AM   #6
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I have an pretty aggressive setup with the ACT HD pressure plate, ACT unsprung 6 puck clutch, first gen hyros and the Fidanza flywheel.

Many people who drive my car have issues getting the thing rolling, but over time I've grown use the the grabby and stall prone setup. The things free revs very quickly, so rev matching for downshifts is pretty fast. I've had no problems with pulling hills, I live at 5000 in the middle of the rockies; So I have a big power loss for altitude and lots of ups and down to play on.

I'm not a drag racer. Many claim that the LW flywheel can hurt you drag racing. I have no clue if that is true or not. My car is a DD/AutoX car. The clutch works well enough for daily useage (if you are OK with an aggressive clutch) and works like a champ on course.

I like the setup a lot. I can't say that I gained any power from the mod (Im sure some, but I would make a guess as too how much, propbabyvery very little); But the cars just feels sportier. I've had the setup for about a year and a half putting about 20K miles on it. I wouldn't be overly surprized if clutch wear is increased with the LW flywheel, but I haven't had to replace it yet. I would imagine this setup would go for 50K or more.

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Old 04-30-2007, 05:14 PM   #7
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It's worth whatever downfalls anyone can come up with.
i have a hard enough time keeping traction in 1st and 2nd gear under wot. so i really dont think id gain much advantage from one...

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Old 04-30-2007, 06:46 PM   #8
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This is the perfect example of how things get messed up on here. People who have no idea of what they are talking about start putting input in. Monkius has never had a light flywheel but he is ready to back what "I" said based on what he read about someone he does not know on cardomian of all things.

You will not have any trouble "holding" any gear any mopre that with a stocker, especially 1st as you have the highest gear reduction in that position. The only trouble you will have is geting started from a stop. In traffic you will have to slide the clutch quite a bit more that with a stocker beacuse if you don't you will either A: stall, B: ram the guy in front of you or C: have to wait 4 seconds for the guy in front of you to get far enough ahead.

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Uhhh, how about you stfu?

How do you know I've never had a light flywheel/driven in a car with one? You don't even know me, idiot. I was just giving my experience, no need for the ******* negative comments.

Cardomain is but ONE place that I have heard these things. And to be fair, Saturnfans isn't much better of a place to ask these questions. There are like 3 people here who really know what they're talking about when it comes to saturn performance...

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Old 04-30-2007, 07:34 PM   #9
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yeah monkius.. and you're not one of em!!!!!

and how come you never have anything positive to add?
if you don't like this forum, do us all a favor and leave!

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Old 04-30-2007, 07:51 PM   #10
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yeah monkius.. and you're not one of em!!!!!

and how come you never have anything positive to add?
if you don't like this forum, do us all a favor and leave!
none of that, this forum is not the place for posts like any of those 3. if u want to make posts like these then go somewhere else to do it.

this forum encourages questions to be asked and with that comes some answers people might not agree with, or even some questions u might not agree with being asked. this forum is not a place for anyone to attack anyone.

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Old 04-30-2007, 11:14 PM   #11
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Wrench Re: aluminum flywheel

Just for clarification. I like the lightweight flywheel. Otherwise, I would have taken it off the car years ago. I just wanted the OP to know that as with ANY performance modification you make to your car there are downsides you have to live with.

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Old 05-01-2007, 01:02 AM   #12
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My clutch is pretty much toast, I'm planning on getting the Fidanza flywheel and putting it in there when I do my clutch. Also welding the pin.

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Old 05-01-2007, 09:16 AM   #13
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Old 05-01-2007, 11:33 AM   #14
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my friend had one in his honda man and it broke. Mostly wat your going to see out of the flywheel is since its lighter, it will spin faster and the faster it spins the faster you'll go! so it aint necessarly a bad thing just be careful what company you go throug man!

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Old 05-01-2007, 01:27 PM   #15
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i have a hard enough time keeping traction in 1st and 2nd gear under wot. so i really dont think id gain much advantage from one...

Buy some better tires.

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Old 05-01-2007, 02:03 PM   #16
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:16 PM   #17
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sorry xup, lightweight flywheels are awesome, have one in my 00 mustang GT.
go through a good company and you'll be fine.

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Old 05-01-2007, 02:42 PM   #18
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my friend had one in his honda man and it broke. Mostly wat your going to see out of the flywheel is since its lighter, it will spin faster and the faster it spins the faster you'll go! so it aint necessarly a bad thing just be careful what company you go throug man!
What? A lightened fly wheel doesn't spin faster; It spins up faster. You don't get any extra RPMs, you just rev faster. This is important on downshifts mostly. You also reduce rotating mass, which should help accelration.

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whats a flywheel......







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Doesn't it place less stress on the drive train as well, theoretically helping the engine/tranny last longer (except for maybe the flywheel)?

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