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Recommend a good plate for clutch plates?

Post by chodjinn » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:34 pm

Seeing as my gearbox/engine aren't in just yet, it's probably prudent to fit new pressure plates as the current ones are quite worn.

I have an AP Racing twin plate clutch, with two Helix 7 1/4" pressure plates for an LT77. (think they might be 6-paddle? There are 6 seperate sections on each plate).

I'm not to bothered about them being full on race jobbies, just something to do the job (i.e. not stupidly expensive!), as previously I was running a single plate AP clutch with no probs and the power hasn't gone up that much. Not even bothered about them having paddles etc.

Can someone recommend a good place?

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Post by ian.stewart » Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:18 pm

How much power are you putting out to require ou to need a paddle, I use Helix GrpN and this sems to handle my output without much of a problem, they will make organo/ceramic plates to suit if you go beyond the 300 ftlbs
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Post by chodjinn » Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:12 pm

what's your power output Ian?

I'm not too up on clutch info really. My original clutch was an AP with single plate, which was a 'complete' circle.

The new one is also AP, but has two, and rather than being a complete circle, it has 6 near-separate sections, which I assume means it is 6-paddle? Is that right?

Original output was about 260bhp IIRC. Probably looking at closer to 300bhp now and similar if not a little more torque. The old clutch was ridiculously light though.

I've read a bit on the 'net and 6-paddle seems to be a good race/street compromise? However, in practice with a car weighing circa 900kgs what would be a good choice?

I suppose I could just get two normal 7 1/4" clutch plates?

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Post by ian.stewart » Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:23 pm

Give Helix a ring, http://www.helix-autosport.com/
I have allways found them most helpfull
power output is about 285hp.250ftlbs, ina car weighing about the same as yours.

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Post by chodjinn » Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:52 pm

Yup, they passed me onto their UK distributor who has a wealth of knowledge.

Turns out my original clutch was an AP Racing GrpN.

The twin plate one I have now uses Sintered Plates and not the paddle types as I thought.

Replacement plates are about £52 + VAT each

Cheers Ian, waaay cheaper than I thought it would be :lol:

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