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Old 06-05-2001, 17:00   #1 (permalink)
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Okay - here's the deal on the Ford V8 Clutches.

The kit I described consists of all new parts. The pressure plate is available in two spring ratings depending on torque loads. The heavier one is mandatory on the 200+ engines.

The kit uses a ceramic button type friction plate that had a sprung centre. The friction buttons are larger than a traditional button clutch, in fact they are about equivalent to four or six small brake pads (if you get my drift :confused: ) rather than the standard continuous friction material. Having the sprung centre meaans as far as the driver is concerned the clutch is only slightly heavier on the pedal, a little grabby (can still be slipped), but does not shudder or pig-root down the road. I have used these kits before and found them to be a good compromise on performance vs driveability vs reliability.

The kits are now manufactured by Daikin with the AU2 220kW compatible clutch available from this Friday.

The whole kit costs around $625 from Premier Clutch and Brake Service Alexandria Sydney 96670242. Talk to Brian.
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That doesn't sound to bad. One question though. The 220 kw kit differs from the other kits how?
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What kind of power rating are they limited to?
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The 220kW kit is a different part number (apparently). I don't know what the diffs are, however it could be the spring ratings in the pressure plate.

As for power ratings of these clutches, my VL Turbo ran very much in excess of 300kW doing circuit racing and it held up fine. The only problem I had at first was the bolts holding the clutch to the flywheel sheared so I had to buy rolled thread aerospace bolts. So I'd say they are more than okay.
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I have no idea about clutches, but could you put one of those on a standard EB 165Kw V8 before I start increasing the HP, or would I have to wait until I have 220Kw+ or whatever?
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I have no idea about clutches, but could you put one of those on a standard EB 165Kw V8 before I start increasing the HP, or would I have to wait until I have 220Kw+ or whatever?
There would be no issues with putting the heavier clutch in now as far as operation and capabilities. It's just that the pedal effort would be higher than required. So, it would be an investment for the future.
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So how much power can this clutch withstand. Do they have a maximum rating?
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So how much power can this clutch withstand. Do they have a maximum rating?
Now you're asking a lot. I'd say the answer is 220kW, but we know better. Do you want me to ask Daikin?
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