Exedy 15804 stage 1 clutch! After a few miles how is it holding up?
Hey!... Welcome to a #modmonday update! Two months ago I installed my @Exedy stage 1 clutch on my 06 Forester XT, this week I will discuss how it is like on a day to day basis.
After much research and thinking I ended up choosing the the Exedy stage 1 clutch for it's ability to hold a bit more power than the stock equivalent. Nobody wants to put their car all back together and then find a weak link that causes you to take it all apart again.
With this in my mind I went with the Stage 1. Over the last month of driving it I have learned quite a bit. The first 500 miles were spent breaking the clutch in. Which exhibited plenty of clutch chatter which is normal but a bit annoying.
It has no problem holding up with my stage 3 upgrades of that should put it near STi stage 2 power figures. The downside of the Stage 1 clutch is the stiffness that comes with it. After upgrading my STi to a Exedy Stage 1 clutch and having no issues with stiffness I assumed the Forester version would be somewhat similar, it is not.
For a daily driver this stiffness is right at limit for stop and go traffic. I will say it is at least three times stiffer than the O.e. unit and a long day of driving ou will really feel it. Although with the disabling of the hill holder the stiffness became that much more bearable.