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My 2012 S is in for warranty work. Little niggles before the warranty expires. One of the issues I wanted them to look into was vague/notchy shifting. Much to my surprise, Lotus is replacing my entire transmission!! So, I have an opportunity to consider an upgraded clutch/flywheel. Honestly, I have no issues with the S flywheel/clutch set-up, but it's an opportunity to do a whole range of upgrades since I am not paying for the clam-off labor. I am concerned about drivability if I go much more aggressive than the stock set-up. Any opinions out there?
 

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your only real option is the lightweight flywheel VSA sells (9 pounds) IIRC it is fidanza made?



Regardless, if Lotus is doing it under warranty, expect some pushback. They would only put OEM back in mine when I had clutch warranty work back, period. So I went for the S parts on my NA.



Not saying don't do it, but just something to consider.

I would pay for the clutch/flywheel myself, since that's not the problem. My thoughts are that it probably isn't worth doing given likely drivability issues, but I could be persuaded if someone has had a good experience. I really wanted to go with upgraded headers, but the dealer can't touch anything that alters the emissions set up.


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I tend to agree here. I added a heavier clamping clutch w/ lightweight flywheel to one of my previous cars & drivability was adversely affected. I also spun the wheels nearly every time I'd take off & it gets old pretty quick. Lightweight flywheels tend to rattle too since the dampening is removed from them. I got tired of hearing it every time I was at idle. Plus, I highly doubt Lotus would warranty any aftermarket clutch installations, which isn't a problem unless it fails. It's a gamble in the end.

Very helpful. Those were my original thoughts, but I wanted to make sure I got some opinions. Seems like it's not really the right path to head down unless the car was primarily going to be tracked, where stop and start is not an issue.


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