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FM Level 1 clutch

FM Level 1 clutch
FM Level 1 clutch
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Installed a few years back.
After around 1000 miles the included throw-out bearing began making noise. Pulled transmission to replaced bearing with an OEM unit, found pressure plate fingers were not even (the pressure plate was carefully seated and torqued by an ASE Technician). The replacement bearing did nothing to fix the constant squeak (anytime clutch pedal is not being pressed), that I have been driving with for around 6500 miles. Takes about a week per email to get anywhere with FM support, not happy.

Note from FM: This clutch was replaced with the assistance of our manufacturer.
Review by Jeff / (Posted on 2/6/2020)
Perfect Pt. 2
Just thought I'd give an update since my post about 3 years ago. Lots has happened since the stock BP4W back then, but the clutch is still holding strong at 240hp and 256ft/lb at the wheels. Track events, burnouts, and a fair share of sliding, it just takes the abuse and keeps going.
Review by Dudsap / (Posted on 1/8/2020)
Don't put a 1.6 clutch on a 1.8 flywheel with an replaceble friction surface.
The clutch when use with the act extreme clutch twice!! the disk is smaller than the friction surface of the aluminum flywheel of the previous happy meal clutch, and if you ride the clutch when in the drive thru, the smaller than 1.8 clutch causes the bolted on friction surface, to grow on the center portion and warp like a record in an oven ( google it) an makes it drag and hard to shift until it cools. My last clutch at 220+HP lasted over 10 years this is near un-drivable with a twice replaced friction surface, because the clutch disk is smaller than the replaceable friction surface, causing center heating and warpage and clutch drag first POS I got from FM.

Note from FM: Our Level 1 clutch is only available in the 1.8 size and works well with our previous generation flywheels - we run that combination in some of our own cars. We do not offer a version that would be too small. We would appreciate a call from this customer. We suspect the problem is a mis-adjusted dragging clutch, but we'd like to troubleshoot to know for sure.
Review by Pissed / (Posted on 11/11/2019)
Money well spent.
I have a BP 1.8 turbo swapped into a 1968 Triumph GT6, the result is that changing the clutch requires the motor and trans to come out of the car every time due to space limitations. So when I chose to upgrade my clutch I knew it had to be quilty the first time! I live in SoCal where traffic is constant and slow moving so I wanted a clutch that wasn't miserable on the road, but felt confident for track work and would hold the 200+ ftlb my combo makes. The FM stage 1 absolutely nailed it. One trip around the block and I'm already convinced there was no better option on the market for my needs. Great product.
Review by GreenLightBlitz / (Posted on 10/22/2019)
Very happy, Thanks
Great product, excellent support and instructions.
Review by Kevin / (Posted on 7/11/2019)
Great product
My 03 Miata was a nightmare to drive. The clutch would not engage smoothly unless you really revel the engine and slipped the clutch. After much research I found the solution to be the original friction disc is too sticky or aggressive. I purchased this kit and am totally satisfied as my car is once again a joy to drive. By the way my car only had 59000 miles and the clutch was not worn out. Also the adjustment instructions were spot on....great product!
Review by GJ / (Posted on 12/7/2018)
Very smooth and firm engagement.
I've run about 5 tanks of gas and done a couple autocrosses on the new clutch. Feels like stock (with very slightly tougher pedal) and LOCKS when you release it. The pedal is firmer than a stock accord and much lighter than a stock mazda5. Very smooth engagement even with a light flywheel. Gotta be a bit more careful through the friction zone since it grabs so hard once you fully release it. But it’s so smooth and linear that it’s really not a problem.

There is a new noise at around 2800rpm on decel probably due to the lightweight flywheel I installed at the same time as this. But it's not very loud and I don't mind it.

My car is at stock power levels but I'm planning to boost in the future.
Review by NotAHairdresser / (Posted on 6/13/2018)
Worth the money!
I purchased this Level 1 kit this past August of 2017 and I've put about 3,000+ miles within the time and so far its been holding up very well. The pedal is light, grabs very hard, and feels like stock but just a bit smoother. Also, I'm using my stock flywheel which I got resurfaced and yet its doing it job with no issues. Overall, I recommend this to anyone with a stock motor or running some boost. You won't be disappointed.
Review by Andy / (Posted on 6/2/2018)
Best engagement of any Miata clutch!
My 04 was getting a new Mazda 5-speed put in it at my local dealership and while replacing the transmission I figured I might as well spring for the FM clutch. During the installation there was an issue, so I called Mike with FM tech support and he helped my tech diagnose what the issue was (faulty new slave cylinder). Mike had incredible customer service and was extremely knowledgable and helpful.
I couldn't be happier with my decision, I had just put a new Exedy clutch in it about 15k miles ago but it always felt spongy, and created a ton of shudder, the FM clutch makes the car feel brand new. The engagement is incredibly close to the floor compared to my last two clutches that engaged near the pedal release point. The car will eventually get the FMII kit thrown on it so I am happy to have a great feeling clutch that will be able to handle the extra torque.
Review by jpierce / (Posted on 9/29/2017)
Better than the 2002 stock clutch...WAY better.
Picked up a stage 1 a while ago after experiencing occasional clutch shudder on my 2002 that I purchased with 26K miles. Research indicated this was a common problem with 01 and 02 5-speeds. I didn't install the new clutch right away because the old one had so few miles on it and the shudder was only occasional. But it gradually got more severe when it happened. So a couple weeks ago the Stage 1 FM clutch went in.

What a difference. Not only have I had zero clutch shudder (which I expected) but engagement is way smoother than it was with the old clutch. If the pedal effort is any greater than stock, I can't tell. And the rattle common with many aftermarket clutches is completely absent.
Review by Mike in Long Beach / (Posted on 8/7/2017)

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