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Discussion in '348/355' started by jpress, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. jpress

    jpress Formula Junior

    Aug 28, 2005
    880
    Palos Verdes, CA
    Full Name:
    Jay
    Has anyone with F355 F1's had any trouble with the clutch or other mechanical things to do with the auto shifting. I know that this was the 1st year with the F1 and was sort of a prototype for the forth-coming 360 F1. Or is manual the way to go?
     
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  3. AHG

    AHG Karting

    Jul 10, 2004
    234
    Melbourne, Australia
    Full Name:
    Andrew
    No problems at all in 6 years and 30,000 miles.
    I did replace the clutch at one of the major services whilst the engine was out, but it was only 50% worn.
    The key to 355 F1 Transmissions is to respect the clutch.
    For example, minimise reversing when cold (especially up hill), try to avoid a lot of stop start traffic, place in neutral when stopped at traffic lights, avoid fast take offs...wait until the clutch is fully engaged before using the power etc.etc.
    Do a search on this subject and you will find out more info.
     
  4. LetsJet

    LetsJet F1 Veteran
    Owner

    May 24, 2004
    9,238
    DC/LA/Paris/Haleiwa
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    Mr.
    I've never had a problem
     
  5. speedracer999

    speedracer999 Rookie

    Oct 10, 2005
    29
    Los Angeles
    Full Name:
    Brad Hong
    i was told that gentle starts acually wears the clutch out faster than aggressive starts. Is this true?
     
  6. ze_shark

    ze_shark Formula 3

    Jul 13, 2003
    1,273
    Switzerland (NW)
    Comes down to semantics, excessive slippage will wear the clutch through heating, while agressive starts will send more torque through the clutch while it's still slipping and wear it too.
    I never do agressive starts, neither with my manual cars, but I modulate the throttle to ensure that the clutch closes as soon as possible.

    47'000 km, no mechanical problem or failure to report relatively to the gearbox, clutch is still stock. The rest comes down to the unsolvable F1 vs stick debate. My advise, FWIW: go with a stick if you expect to do a lot of bumper to bumper heavy traffic, consider F1 otherwise if you like it.
     
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  8. spidey

    spidey Karting

    You guys gotta quit worryinmg about things like clutch slippage,etc.

    None of us get these cars to drive them like they are made of glass.

    Warm it up, then wind it up !! The harder you push it, the better it runs.
     

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