After a few hundred miles of break-in, we are happy to report the Cusco clutch ticks all our boxes nicely. It is a bit heavier than our old clutch, but still very light overall. The engagement isn’t bad but it can be grabby at stoplights. It bites hard making for great autocross launches. The resurfaced flywheel has solved our high engagement problem as well. The new throwout bearing has removed all of our clutch noises. For a pure street car, I would recommend the clutch that we removed (which I believe is an Exedy OEM replacement clutch) which was featherweight on the left leg and engaged a bit more smoothly. We never had issues with it slipping even with our sticky RE-71R tires. However, for a mixed-use car like our Cappuccino, we believe the Cusco clutch will be the better choice in the long term.
However, we are not yet done with our Cappuccino! While we were under here we replaced a few other things. We’ll be back soon to tell you all about the other driveline parts we installed to help freshen up our 30-year EA-11R.