All ClutchMax clutch assemblies are designed to be a direct bolt in replacement for the stock clutch assembly. Pedal height adjustments are sometimes necessary depending on application. If adjustments for a specific application are required, a supplemental technical bulletin will be provided.
Yes, if your vehicle is equipped with a pilot bearing or bushing, it is recommended to replace and properly lube the pilot bearing/bushing when changing the clutch
When using stock clutch bolts, refer to the manufacturer's service manual for proper torque specifications. New bolts are highly recommended. ClutchMax suggests using SAE Grade 8 or Metric Grade 10.9 fasteners and increasing the torque specifications (5/16 or 8mm bolts can be tightened to at least 30 ft. lbs. / 47 Nm). Lock washers or thread locking compound is also recommended. Proper torque is critical for safety. Take the time to obtain the correct pressure plate assembly and flywheel bolt torque specifications and tighten the bolts correctly using a high-quality torque wrench. Also be sure to tighten bolts using a diametrical star pattern as indicated in the vehicle service manual. Never use air tools for installing or removing clutch bolts!
If having clutch trouble prior to installing a ClutchMax clutch, find the cause of the problem before installing the new clutch. There are many problems caused by worn or faulty linkage, hydraulic system issues, oil contamination and misalignment or transmission damage. Please see ClutchMax’s installation instructions and the vehicle service manual.
A smooth, flat flywheel surface is essential for proper clutch operation. Flywheels are subject to heat, scoring and warping during use. If upon careful inspection there are signs of scoring, heat damage or warpage the flywheel should be resurfaced or replaced to assure proper clutch performance. Resurfacing should be done on a flywheel grinding machine only. Refer to the factory service manual or ClutchMax information for resurfacing specifications (Flat, Step, Etc.). WARNING: IF THE FLYWHEEL SHOWS ANY SIGNS OF CRACKING, REPLACE IT! Never roughen the flywheel clutch surface with sanding as this reduces clutch life. The surfaces are designed to rub against each other (abrasion), not tear into each other (causing abrasion).
Yes! All ClutchMax clutch assemblies are precisely computer spin balanced to within .25 oz to guarantee help smooth operation across the entire RPM range. For comparison, stock production clutches are typically balanced to within .50 oz. Lower is definitely better!
ClutchMax pressure plates are specifically designed to handle high torque applications. With ClutchMax’s durable design, expect an increase in pedal effort between 15-50%, depending on the application. Clutches developed with less pedal effort often result in a lack of longevity, torque capacity and/or engagement quality.
We strongly recommend breaking in the clutch for 500 miles with mild engagement, such as stop-and-go city driving prior to racing or sprinted driving for the full-faced disc such as organic, carbon kevlar composite, dual composite, steel-back brass plus, etc. The puck style ceramic race discs may break-in with a few sets of 4-5 hard slips or a firm engagement to lap in the surfaces prior to normal driving or racing; however, 500 miles of break-in period is recommended for the longer life span of the clutch. Do not overheat the clutch during the break-in period, as this can result in friction surfaces fusing together, hot spots, and friction surface glazing. The clutch is worn to match one another. You won't have 100% of its holding capacity until it's properly done.
In some situations, rebuilds or repairs may be possible after inspection of the clutch assembly. Please contact our technical department for further information. Because of special modifications, we do not recommend servicing by a general clutch rebuilder.
The ClutchMax clutch system is designed to work with both stock and good quality aftermarket flywheels. Inferior aftermarket flywheels may have trouble with warpage or high wear. When replacing a flywheel, be sure that the new flywheel meets the same specifications, such as proper step, ring gear tooth count, flywheel thickness, ring gear offset, etc. If the ClutchMax clutch is designated as part of a conversion kit, then it must be used with only the corresponding ClutchMax flywheel.
The flywheel step determines the proper working range of the pressure plate and is extremely crucial for the clutch to work properly. The step is the distance between the friction surface and the pressure plate mounting point on the flywheel. Depending on the make and model of the car it can either be an UP step or DOWN step and sometimes the flywheel will be flat (zero step). Check the manufacturer's specifications about the proper flywheel step for the application.
Yes, ClutchMax OE spec and Chromoly steel flywheels can be resurfaced just like a stock flywheel and there is no special process other than using a flywheel grinder in good condition to remove as little material as possible for full cleanup (no more than 0.040” / 1.02mm may be removed). Make 100% sure that the proper flywheel step is maintained as this will affect the clutch function if incorrect.
ClutchMax’s puck-style race discs are very aggressive and provide no-nonsense performance response. As a result, the engagement is harsh. Taking off from a stop can cause judder and/or an uncomfortable noise. These characteristics have no effect on the performance on the clutch or the drive line components. This type of disc should only be used in a professional race setting and never on the street. ClutchMax always recommends using an organic disc on the street because it offers a smoother engagement and a longer lasting performance value for everyday drivers.
The majority of new discs measure .312-.315” (7.93 – 8.00mm) thick – fully worn is .275” (7.00mm) or below. A few applications (mostly Audi and BMW) start out at .332 - .335” (8.43 – 8.50mm). These are to be replaced when below .295” (7.50mm). It’s best to measure with a micrometer. Puck discs are measured as-is, where organic street discs are correctly measured by fully compressing the engagement cushion (marcel) between the linings. If the lining rivets on either side of the disc have made contact with the flywheel or pressure plate face, the disc must be replaced. Note: Using a disc that is thicker or thinner than the working range the pressure plate is designed for will have varying, and often very poor, results.
ClutchMax has many distributors around the world. Feel free to contact ClutchMax customer service. ClutchMax products can also be ordered online at https://www.ebay.com/str/clutchamerica
There are many manufacturers and designs for clutches. We do our best to use the best parts for your application. Check the part numbers and compare what is listed on our application chart for your vehicle. If the components fit properly without modification, chances are you have the right parts. If it appears something needs to be modified to make it work, stop and contact our tech department.
ClutchMax discs can be purchased separately. However, because of the labor involved in changing a clutch, we do recommend replacing the entire clutch at the same time.
ClutchMax only offers components for manual transmissions. Automatics use a completely different setup all together and nothing is interchangeable.
All ClutchMax products are designed with longevity in mind; however, clutch life will greatly depend on the vehicle, your type of driving and output of the engine. For example, a vehicle in heavy stop-and-go traffic will have a shorter clutch life than the same vehicle that is driven on the open highway.
It is important to match the proper ClutchMax clutch system with the vehicle and its intended use! Knowing what characteristics wanted in a clutch and the power capability of the engine is important.
All ClutchMax kits contain a pressure plate and clutch disc. CSC Slave Cylinder Unit, Release bearing, alignment tools and pilot bearings (where applicable) are included in selected kits.
Improper clutch release caused by faulty linkage and/or improper adjustment, pilot bearing damage, insufficient lubrication of release mechanism or input shaft splines. It takes a remarkably small amount of drag on the input shaft to make life difficult for transmission synchros.
Improper clutch adjustment, lack of free play or work out disc.
Inadequate clutch release can be caused by many problems. Possible causes may be as follows:
• Clutch linkage not properly adjusted or reset.
• Flywheel not resurfaced before new clutch installed.
• Flywheel surfaced improperly, such as incorrect flywheel step.
• Flywheel machined too thin or not manufactured to stock (O-E-M) specifications.
• Lack of lubrication on linkage or release bearing collar.
• Linkage worn or damaged.
• Hydraulics defective, leaking or air in the system. Just one bubble is enough!
• Cable stretched or damaged.
• Pilot bushing binding due to improper bellhousing alignment, bellhousing damaged or loose.
• Clutch disc installed improperly.
• Clutch disc hub rubbing against flywheel bolts.
• Clutch disc binding on input shaft or damaged splines.
• Input shaft bent causing clutch disc runout.
• Pressure plate assembly and/or clutch disc bent or damaged.
• Clutch disc is too thick or has excessive marcel (too much cushion between the friction linings).
• Pressure plate has defective or damaged torque drive straps.
• Damaged, worn, or improperly installed pilot bushing/bearing.
• Oil or grease contamination on clutch facings.
• Damaged or worn release bearing collar.
Judder is when the car shudders (chatters) as the clutch is being engaged. Possible cause may be as follows:
• Flywheel has excessive run-out.
• Flywheel was not resurfaced or improperly resurfaced before the new clutch was installed. 3) Damaged or excessively worn CV joints.
• Bad U-Joints in drive shaft or U-Joints misaligned.
• Excessive backlash in differential.
• Excessive driveline angle.
• Bad leaf springs, bushings or mounts.
• The use of an aggressive clutch disc designed for racing.
• Defective pressure plate and/or disc.
• Disc has inadequate marcel (not enough cushion between the friction linings).
• Oil or grease contamination on clutch facings.
• Worn or damaged clutch linkage.
• Bent pressure plate assembly and/or disc.
• Improperly tuned engine.
• Worn or damaged engine mounts or transmission mounts.
No. Vehicles that have a self-centering bearing may appear to be off center or improperly manufactured. During first use after assembly, the bearing will align and center itself as required.