Finally think it's time to replace the factory clutch
As of late, my 02 GT has felt a bit sluggish under load and I am suspecting that the clutch may be starting to slip. Whether or not this is the reason for the hesitation, I am at 147k miles on the factory clutch and I am sure it's on borrowed time anyway. Being able to start out in third gear is never a good thing, and it chatters like a woodchuck. I think I might go ahead and change it, but I need advice as this is the first time I've ever done a clutch job.
The car is basically stock and will stay that way - it's my daily driver and I cart my daughter around in it, so I'm not interested in upgrading to anything that will handle more power because I'm gonna run this car like a 4.6-equipped livery vehicle. Basically I need to maximize drivability and reliability. The lighter the pedal feel, the better. Am I right in assuming that the OEM clutch is the way to go for this?
What else should I be replacing while the transmission is dropped? Throwout bearing and pilot bearing I assume? What about the flywheel? At this mileage, is it worth trying to find someone to resurface it, or should I just replace it?
Any advice on where to source the parts? Is the stock clutch the same thing as the Valeo kit (#52802005) that rockauto has for $165?
Also, what are the best videos and/or writeups for this job?
Thanks in advance!
2002 Mineral grey GT 5 speed. Flowmaster 40's catback, Mach 1 grille delete, timing advance, push button starter, Bullitt pedals, FR500 steering wheel, K&N FIPK, Self ported upper intake w/ spacer, Pioneer Avic D3, MGW shifter, MM FL subframe connectors, Mach 1 springs, Bilstein HD struts/springs