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Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
URGENT - uprated clutch for remapped 2.4 Spider
My Spider was remapped recently and the clutch has started slipping.
I have bought a clutch kit and sent it to Performance Clutch Specialists in Leeds for reinforcement.
I can either have it reinforced with kevlar, or have it modified to incorporate a paddle system.
MVC who are fitting the clutch warned me away from a paddle clutch, as in their experience they are very heavy and act like an 'on/ off' switch.
However Clutch Specialists have advised me that because my car is putting out circa 25% more torque than standard, this is about the limits of what the kevlar reinforced clutches can handle and are suggesting I consider a paddle clutch. They reckon the action on modern paddle clutches is not much different from a standard clutch. However, although they have done loads of 156/ GT clutches, this will be the first Brera/ Spider clutch they have modified so it is a bit of an unknown as to how robust the standard item is and whether just kevlar reinforcement will be sufficient.
Parts, labour and upgrade are costing me a bag of sand, so could do with getting this right first time really.
I do a lot of driving in heavy traffic every day slogging into Manchester in rush hour so definitely do not want a heavy clutch. Though equally the whole point of the exercise is to replace the OEM clutch with something better equipped to take the remapped torque.
I need to decide tomorrow and would welcome your input guys, particularly from Clogz and JBSmith as you boys are obviously putting out big power now. What clutches are you using now?
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