A highly recommended thing to do when replacing the starter clutch is to replace the starter as well. If yours is a true 03, then you have the updated/upgraded starter already. One thing to look at is the long bolts on the starter housing to ensure that they haven't been twisted. More so, the body of the starter is twisted compared to the head of the starter. Happens from the torque from starting over time. Replacing the bolts may gain a little bit of time. As for one or two starts and blowing the sprag gear out, I'm not sure that could happen that quickly. I hate to know the price tag associated with going with genuine parts and dealership pricing. I swapped my 02 out in an afternoon with an "upgraded" kit off of eBay and thankfully haven't had any issues with it. There are a few springs that wanted to fall out, but it just took a little attention to make sure they went back in place. Other than that, there are concerns over getting the timing out of whack while you have everything off, but don't imagine it would have started and ran without a racket if the timing was off.