Various types of Clutch from Advanced Clutch Technologies

by Admin | March 27, 2023

Why Advanced Clutch Technologies is the Best!!

Here at Radium Parts, we care about the quality of the products we offer to our customers, including the different types of clutches. Trust us, we understand the troubles that can come with parts that aren’t up to par. That is why we ONLY carry ACT, their enormous selection of clutches, and their countless years of an outstanding track record on delivering top quality clutches to some of the fastest cars in drag racing, drifting, and land speed cars. In this blog, we will be going over the different types of clutches, what to ask yourself when replacing or upgrading your clutch, and the components of a clutch and their functions.

What Types of Clutch Suit Your Needs?

When it comes time to upgrade or replace your clutch there are a couple of questions you should ask yourself before you make a purchase. Will I be making any power upgrades in the future? If your answer to that is yes, then we would recommend you look at an upgraded clutch to handle the power of your future upgrades. Will I be taking my car to the track? If your answer to that is yes, then we would also recommend upgrading to a clutch that can handle the abuse. There are many ways to upgrade your clutch. Whether you just want to upgrade the clutch disk, get a brand new clutch kit, or maybe the throw-out bearing went out.

Components of a Clutch

Depending on the type of clutch kit you purchase, you will typically receive these 4 components in a kit. The clutch disc, the pressure plate, the throwout bearing, and the pilot bearing. Each of those components can be ordered separately or in a kit together.

The Flywheel, Clutch Disc, & Pressure Plate

The Flywheel acts as many things for your vehicle. It helps balance and damper engine vibrations caused by the firing of each cylinder. It also provides a smooth-machined “friction” surface for the clutch disc to grab onto. The Clutch Disc is mounted to the input shaft and goes in between the flywheel and pressure plate. During the engagement the disc gets sandwiched between the flywheel and pressure plate forming a solid connection, meaning your clutch is fully engaged. During disengagement, the pressure plate reduces the amount of force clamping the disc to the flywheel allowing the flywheel to spin freely and rotate the clutch assembly. The pressure plate does exactly what its name entails, it provides the pressure needed to fully engage the clutch disc.

Pilot and Throwout Bearings

The throwout bearing is responsible for pushing the release fingers inward when you push the clutch which would disengage your clutch allowing the engine to spin freely at a stop light or in between gear changes. The pilot bearing is added to support the transmission to help reduce as much friction as possible at the input shaft. 

Conclusion

As always if you have any questions about our products or a specific setup or swap please don’t hesitate to give our team a call at 951-264-3943. We will be glad to help you solve any issue. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8:30 am-5 pm PST.