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Recognized Supplier Guide ‘18

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20 THE SHOP AUGUST 2018 tory numbers are needed to cover multiple applications. An important tip for shops looking to select the proper clutch for each cus- tomer's application is … … fitment. We encourage customers to take the few minutes needed to measure for proper fit in each application so there are no surprises on install. This is especially critical on late-model vehicles that utilize internal hydraulic release bearings. When fit is an issue, RAM offers a full line of hydraulic release bearings to help facilitate this fit when issues arise, as well as provide an improved bearing design over factory slaves. The outside factor having the greatest effect on the performance clutch market is … … the resurgence of factory performance cars and the interest this generates. It helps keep interest in performance cars of all levels high and is helping teach an entire generation of non-stick shift drivers how much fun a manual transmission can be. The future of the performance clutch market remains bright because … … the multitude of new car performance buildups and old resto-mod-style builds that include transmission swaps. These enthusiasts enjoy shifting their cars them- selves and are at an age where they have the funds to build them the way they want to. SPEC CLUTCHES AND FLYWHEELS Birmingham, Alabama David Norton Owner Our hottest clutch product for the per- formance aftermarket is … … the Stage 3+. Its best features include … … high torque capacity, full-faced con- figuration for engagement quality and extremely long wear life. An important tip for shops looking to select the proper clutch for each cus- tomer's application is … … managing end-user expectations by qualifying what is needed to support the power (clutches are rated in torque), deter- mining how the driver thinks it should feel, and matching the best possible clamp and friction combination to solve the wants and needs. Also, do not forget other factors that impact clutch feel and performance such as flywheel, gearing and vehicle weight. The outside factor having the greatest effect on the performance clutch market is … … the development of swaps and the availability of technologies to the end- user that make big-power cars more reliable drivers. The future of the perfor- mance clutch mar ket remains bright because … … there is no substitute for the third pedal! HOLLEY/MSD Bowling Green, Kentucky Brandon Smith Product Manager Our hottest clutch product for the per- formance aftermarket is … … Hays Street 650 clutch kits. Its best features include … … it's a true street/strip clutch kit designed for spirited street driving and frequent track use along with excellent vehicle application coverage. Designed for power levels up to 650 natu- rally aspirated Americans love performance vehicles and having a manual-drive transmission gives them a level of control that they're just not ready to give up. (Photos courtesy EXEDY Globalparts) Celebrating the ird Pedal

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