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It’s been our experience that finding a reliable clutch manufacturer is not always the easiest thing to do. Having a kit be “hit or miss” is not ideal for us as a retailer, nor is it something that we want for our customers. In light of this, we have sought out what in our opinion is a supplier who is able to meet our needs and offer us exactly what we, and ultimately our market wants in a clutch kit – reliability, performance, and value. Competition Clutch was able to provide us with specifically what we asked for.

The materials used are tried and true, with a no frills approach. Competition Clutch does not use gimmicks, and they are already a well established name in the import performance industry. With lines and worlds blurring together, and expansion into the European side of things was a natural progression, and one we are looking forward to further cultivating.


The Stage 1 Kit assembly provides an estimated 225-lbs/ft holding capacity and is properly suited for street use. The stock organic clutch disc is matched to a performance pressure plate that will provide smooth engagement and extended life.

The Stage 2 Kit assembly provides an estimated 300-lbs/ft holding capacity and is properly suited for aggressive street use and moderate track use. The organic disc is matched to a performance pressure plate will provide smooth engagement and extended life.

The Stage 3 Kit assembly includes a segmented ceramic material with a performance pressure plate will provide the ultimate in street and strip combinations. This assembly provides an estimated 400-lbs/ft holding capacity.

The Stage 4 Kit assembly includes a 6-puck clutch disc with a performance pressure plate. This assembly provides an estimated 500-lbs/ft holding capacity and is properly suited for big turbo and strip applications.

The Stage 5 Kit assembly includes a 4-puck clutch disc with a performance pressure plate. This assembly provides an estimated 525-lbs/ft holding capacity and is properly suited for big turbo and strip applications.



Kits Include:
  • Performance pressure plate
  • Performance clutch disc
  • Lightweight 18.4lbs forged steel flywheel
  • All applicable bearings
  • Appropriate alignment tool
  • All hardware required for installation
Note:
  • These clutch kits fit 2.5L Inline-5 engines with 5-speed manual transmissions only. Does not fit 02M 6-speed equipped vehicles!


 

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Sorry if I'm asking a dumb question. Is this a single-mass kit?
 

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Out of curiosity, is the sale ending anytime soon?
 

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BFI SMF clutch kit review?

I'm interested in this Kit but is hard to do it without any review on it. I think that would help everyone interested in this if BFI could have somebody already using this clutch give some feedback here! Me personally, wasn't able to find a single person running this setup, and never feels good to be the guinea pig!! Please give us some feedback from a costumer on your clutch;)
 

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I'm interested in this Kit but is hard to do it without any review on it. I think that would help everyone interested in this if BFI could have somebody already using this clutch give some feedback here! Me personally, wasn't able to find a single person running this setup, and never feels good to be the guinea pig!! Please give us some feedback from a costumer on your clutch;)
We had one of the Stage 3 clutches in our 2.5l Turbo Rabbit project car (I owned the car) and it was excellent!
Seriously, it felt so good to have a "real" clutch back in the car.
The pedal is heavier on the Stage 3 kits, but after a day or two of driving it was no big deal.
Most of our customers will have Stage 1 clutch kits, so the pedal effort is not a concern here.
 

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BFI smf clutch kit

I'm considering the stage 1, and that's the one I would like to get feedback on!! My questions are the usual on a smf clutch kit: Height of engagement point of clutch pedal? How is the pedal feel with the stage 1 compared to stock? And the most important one, How much smf clatter and gear noise with this kit?
Is there anybody out there running a stage one Pete?:confused:
 

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I'm considering the stage 1, and that's the one I would like to get feedback on!! My questions are the usual on a smf clutch kit: Height of engagement point of clutch pedal? How is the pedal feel with the stage 1 compared to stock? And the most important one, How much smf clatter and gear noise with this kit?
Is there anybody out there running a stage one Pete?:confused:
We've sold a few Stage 1 kits since these launched, but I don't have any published feedback to provide you. Hopefully those customers frequent this forum so that they can chime in.

Here's my anecdotal account of the OE 2.5l clutch kit vs our kits which should help answer your questions..

I bought my MK5 new from the dealer and up until that point I had only owned MK1, MK2 and MK3 vehicles. I loved everything about the MK5 except the clutch. It was way too soft, had a weird engagement point and just didn't feel like a "real" clutch. Slowly I got used to it, but I still hated the way it felt.

Fast forward to 2012; I went turbo and needed a new clutch because the stock unit was constantly slipping. Upgrading the clutch not only resolved the slipping issue, but it felt like a "real" clutch again! Engagement point was exact and pedal feel was much improved; albeit heavy since I needed a Stage 3 kit, but even still, it was much better than stock. The SMF chatters a little bit, but it is tolerable for daily use and the performance benefits far outweigh the slight increase in drivetrain noise.

tl;dr Our clutch kits feel like a "real" clutch and provide performance benefits over stock.
 

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We've sold a few Stage 1 kits since these launched, but I don't have any published feedback to provide you. Hopefully those customers frequent this forum so that they can chime in.

Here's my anecdotal account of the OE 2.5l clutch kit vs our kits which should help answer your questions..

I bought my MK5 new from the dealer and up until that point I had only owned MK1, MK2 and MK3 vehicles. I loved everything about the MK5 except the clutch. It was way too soft, had a weird engagement point and just didn't feel like a "real" clutch. Slowly I got used to it, but I still hated the way it felt.

Fast forward to 2012; I went turbo and needed a new clutch because the stock unit was constantly slipping. Upgrading the clutch not only resolved the slipping issue, but it felt like a "real" clutch again! Engagement point was exact and pedal feel was much improved; albeit heavy since I needed a Stage 3 kit, but even still, it was much better than stock. The SMF chatters a little bit, but it is tolerable for daily use and the performance benefits far outweigh the slight increase in drivetrain noise.

tl;dr Our clutch kits feel like a "real" clutch and provide performance benefits over stock.

Hey Pete,

This is good to know, but I am still on edge about the chatter as well. I sat in a GTI with a forged aluminum flywheel with the AC on, and the chatter was horrible (I live in Florida so this is kinda important since its my daily).....

I heard that forged steel flywheels don't chatter as bad, but if I invest in parts and labor go get a stg1 on and the chatter is unbearable, I would be bummed :( Has any 1.8T or VR6 dudes chime in on the kits yet?
 

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Hey Pete,

This is good to know, but I am still on edge about the chatter as well. I sat in a GTI with a forged aluminum flywheel with the AC on, and the chatter was horrible (I live in Florida so this is kinda important since its my daily).....

I heard that forged steel flywheels don't chatter as bad, but if I invest in parts and labor go get a stg1 on and the chatter is unbearable, I would be bummed :( Has any 1.8T or VR6 dudes chime in on the kits yet?
There's really no comparison between an aluminum flywheel versus a steel unit.
The aluminum wheel is going to transfer a lot more drivetrain noise.

We've sold plenty of 1.8T and VR kits and the consensus is the same; there's some chatter, but it's tolerable for daily use.
How much is or isn't tolerable is hard to quantify because opinions can vary from person to person.
 

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Just received mine yesterday. Looks great!
 

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Also received the stage 4 kit last week or so (FSI). Will install when the 02q goes in, and will definitely leave a review here or in my build thread.

The BFI and Competition Clutch components do appear to be nicely built.
 

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No more 02G, eh?
Eh, there's been some valve body/electrical related issues going on ever since it was 'built', and I/nobody can't figure it out. It's holding the car back significantly. So yea, opting out and going to the 6 speed.:rolleyes:
 
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