So, you’ve put in a bigger engine, some lightweight parts, a sports exhaust, and maybe even a turbo……forgotten anything? Yes! When you increase the power output of your car, it is important to realise that much of the stock equipment is only designed to withstand specific output parameters. Exceed these parameters, and you’ll find yourself replacing parts as often as you have to buy a loaf of bread. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t tune your car……but it is to say that sometimes you also need to consider some of the ‘boring’ stuff.
One of those ‘boring’ bits of equipment that you may very well forget is a heavy duty clutch system. The clutch acts as the link between your engine, your gearbox, and the wheels of your car, and when you increase the power of the engine by a substantial amount, you may very well need to include a stronger, more durable clutch as part of the upgrade. Imagine going to the gym and bench-pressing whatever amount. It’s not too bad, and you can just manage the weight. Now, increase the weight by just a small percentage, and all of a sudden you’ve found yourself in struggle town. Additionally, the more reps you do, the weaker you become, and the harder it is for you to deal with this new weight. This is exactly what it is like to be a clutch, where all of a sudden you have to deal with a larger load.
And so I introduce to you, as an example, this heavy duty stage 2 clutch system intended for the fantastic Toyota 86 (or Subaru BRZ). The system design allows for an 80% increase of torque capacity, meaning that almost any street modification to your engine would be quite easily sustained. In addition to this, the use of alloy and brass composite allow for a greatly extended service life, meaning you’ll be able to do heavier reps for longer.
Looking for that little something (or big something) to make your car just that little bit more special? Well, if so, then you’d be glad to know that here at Active Motorwerke Australia, we offer a wide variety of performance and aesthetic enhancements to give your car the performance edge! Give us a ring or send us an email for more information.
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