My 17 year old nephew was out for the summer. One catch, he had ONLY
driven automatics. All of my vehicles are stick.
I tried explain the difference between the Flywheel mass in the Land
Cruiser (very heavy) and Maxima (very light!). He wasn't sure, so I
let him back out TWO vehicles, so he could learn the difference.
He stalled the Maxima about a dozen times back out of the driveway...
finally rev'd that engine and DROPPED the clutch... about 4' worth
of smoky rubber streaks were laid down.
With the Land Cruiser: Just let off the clutch... it just moves.
Slow, but steady. One of the few cars that I start when uphill,
and IN GEAR. Great for SF. ;-)
Of any STREET vehicle, I think the Maxima has the lightest flywheel
around on a production vehicle. Yes, I tend to stall it a few times per
> I remember a flywheel thread where someone mentioned the difficulty of stop
> and go driving up the hilly streets of San Francisco with a light flywheel.
> All you do is burn out the clutch. A light flywheel is not recommended if
> you're driving in a urban hilly area, you need the stock flywheel to keep
> the rpm's up. But a lightweight sounds like a great idea for autocrossing.
> P.S. Because I drive in SF I prefer the 1600 pressure plate on my daily
> driver '70 1600. A lot easier on the foot when navigating stop and go
> commuting on hills.
> Fred - So.SF
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> Subject: RE: Lightened flywheel
> Author: "Gordon Glasgow" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: 8/17/2001 10:19 AM
> A light flywheel will seem a little harsher on the street, but I don't think
> it's a real fatigue issue. Yes, it is great for racing and autocrossing. So
> you are seriously autocrossing your street car, you might be willing to put
> with a light flywheel.
> As to oil, I'm using Valvoline 10-30. I've had very good results with
> over the last several decades.
> Gordon Glasgow
> Renton, WA
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> Subject: Re: Lightened flywheel
> Pardon my ignorance, but why the big fuss about a lightened flywheel?
> Doesn't that induce vibration due to the lack of the dampening effect that
> the heavier one would have? Wouldn't that lead to more fatigue failures on
> a lot of stuff and make driving more nerve wracking?
> Not trying to throw cold water on the idea as it is great for racing, but on
> the street (exclusively), it seems to be a waste of money imho.
> Am I way off base?
> On a different subject, what brand/grade of oil are folks using in their
> Roadsters? A former mechanic gave me some disturbing info about some oils.
> Sidney Raper
> 1964 1500
> 1967 SRL311 00060
> 1967 SRL311 00076
> Jacksonville Florida
>>Subject: Re: Lightened flywheel
>>Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 17:53:21 EDT
>>Hey Vic and all,
>> Back when I built my 3.2L for my 240Z, I had Top End Performance lighten
>>flywheel down to 15lbs from 25lbs. Take a look at this link:
>>They have a great machine shop and I'm sure they'd do a Roadster flywheel
>>the same $150 as the Z flywheel. Not sure how much the Tilton or other
>>aluminum flywheels are, but this is a good alternative.
>> Stan Wada