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22 THE SHOP AUGUST 2017 it captures more of the millennial genera- tion's interest and we are excited to expose them to our innovative products that stem from over 45 years of excellence." Polena adds two more hot areas. "We are still seeing the sport compact and muscle car markets releasing manual transmission options on classics such as the Miata and Mustang, which is great," he says. "The exciting news is that we are also seeing new applications such as the Focus RS, Fiat 214 Spider and Fiesta ST. With performance vehicles making more and more power, the need for clutches and new clutch materials will increase. Twin- and triple-disc clutches are becoming increas- ingly common, even for older vehicle appli- cations that are now making crazy amounts of torque." LEAVE A TIP We asked manufacturers for a quick tip for speed shops that sell and install per- formance clutch kits. Baty from Centerforce gives us four. "Don't rush the job. Don't put grease on the input shaft. Inspect all parts before assembly. And follow directions." Fidanza's Polena strongly suggests cross- selling. GRAB & GO From domestic muscle cars to sport compacts to pickups and more, the clutch market offers a wide customer range to serve. (Photo courtesy Centerforce Clutches) New Clutch Products Here's a look at some of the hottest new clutch products: "Our hottest clutches are our flag- ship RXT and RST. These units are easy to install and they feature easy pedal feel, smooth engagement and they are affordable." Krista Baldwin McLeod Racing "A single-disc clutch for the LS series motors. This clutch handles up to 850 foot-pounds of torque and only weighs 29.8 pounds. It is available with two disc options: a sprung-hub, full-faced organic disc; or a sprung-hub, six-puck ceramic disc. The sprung-hub setup allows for aggressive engagement on the track to be dampened to avoid pos- sible damage to the drivetrain." Matt Polena Fidanza Performance "Our DYAD DS Twin-disc clutch. It is a true sprung-hub, twin-disc clutch with fantastic street manners that offers 1,300 foot-pounds of torque-holding capacity." Will Baty Centerforce Clutches "Subaru WRX clutch kits and flywheels continue to hit the top of our list. Our WRX STI pull- type clutch includes our patented Monoloc collar that solves pull- type bearing attachment problems. The new push-type WRX 240mm upgrade kit dramatically increases torque capacity and heat capacity for longer life, while providing a lighter pedal effort for the driver. The top of the range boasts a torque capacity over 750 foot-pounds for highly modified STIs." Dirk Starksen Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) Manufacturers are up to the challenge of meeting the demands of today's manual transmis- sions. (Photo courtesy Centerforce Clutches)

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