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20 THE SHOP APRIL 2020 ADVANCED CLUTCH TECHNOLOGY (ACT) Lancaster, California Chris Bernal VP Engineering Our hottest Performance Clutch product is … … the new Forged Twin Series, in both 10.5- inch and 225mm street and race versions. Its best features include … … a lighter and stiffer aluminum cover for improved overall performance and response, plus an advanced modular spline-drive hub system for sprung and solid center options. The biggest challenge for shops that offer Performance Clutch upgrades is … … making sure to fully understand a cus- tomer's true needs. A good portion of the customer service ACT provides is working to support an end-user getting into the correct components, not necessarily the ones they came in asking for. The biggest misconception regarding Performance Clutch upgrades is … … it's a virtual tie between wanting a race clutch on the street and thinking a twin disc clutch will have a heavy pedal feel. The former can lead to disappointment with harsh engagement and potentially faster wear, and the latter is completely the oppo- site thanks to ACT's in-house diaphragm spring engineering and manufacturing. Here's a tip shops can use to increase their success when offering Performance Clutch upgrades … … ask very specific questions to gain a complete understanding of how they cur- rently use their vehicle and what their future upgrade plans are, as torque ratings are the primary guiding factor. Stay far away from using "Stage X clutch" discussions that often lead to poor equip- ment selection decisions. There is no linear upgrade path from basic street components to full racing gear. MCLEOD RACING Anaheim, California Krista Baldwin Creative Director Our hottest Performance Clutch product is … … our twin disc clutches. We have been in business for 50 years and we constantly upgrade our clutch line to adapt to the market. Our twin disc clutches include the RST, RXT, RXT 1200 and our new SFT 2000. We were the first with a twin for the street. Their best features include … … the amount of horsepower each clutch holds. These clutches hold 800 to 2,000 hp for the street and the track. You are able to make a few passes down the drag strip and drive home with the same unit in the same day. Our clutches include either organic or ceramic-lined disc options and an adapter ring, so the customer can choose to use their existing flywheel or buy a new one. The biggest challenge for shops that offer Performance Clutch upgrades is … … making sure they do the installation properly. McLeod has taken one step beyond the industry standard and set up a certified installer program, so the shops know the proper way to install the product. The biggest misconception regarding Performance Clutch upgrades is … … either over-buying or under-buying. Buying a clutch is, of course, based on horsepower, but you will also need to know the purpose of the vehicle. Some- times the cheapest clutch isn't the best, THE SEARCH FOR HOLDING POWER Ask specific questions to gain a complete understanding of how customers use their vehicles and learn if they have future upgrade plans. (Photo courtesy Advanced Clutch Technology – ACT) Sometimes the cheapest clutch isn't the best, and sometimes the most expensive clutch is too much for an application. (Photo courtesy McLeod Racing)

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