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I am trying to get clarity as to what clutch to fit to my Alfa Romeo GT Blackline 1.9 Jtd. My current clutch (standard) is slipping so needs replacing. I have two possible situations depending on which power upgrade I go with:

1) 190bhp
2) 240bhp

I want to keep the dual mass flywheel and don't want a paddle type clutch. I expect I'll fit a Q2/Quaife LSD at the same time as replacing the clutch. The following has been suggested:

1) Solid flywheel with GTA clutch. Suggested by Autolusso but I want to keep the refinement of a DMF so am not going with this option. Ned of Autolusso has been very helpful and seems knowledgeable so I have asked his opinion regarding keeping the DMF.

2) CG Motorsports Stage 2 clutch. Several members have had success with this upgrade but the CG Motorsports website states that it is not suitable for diesels and Duncan Slade (of Alfanet) has suggested that aftermarket clutches often have issues.

3) CG Motorsports dual friction clutch. CG Motorsports website suggests that this is the better option for tuned diesels. However I have read that this type can be very juddery and may have an on/off feel. I have contacted CG Motorsports for their opinion.

4) Standard clutch. It has been suggested to me that the standard Alfa GT Jtd clutch is the same as that fitted to the GTA with the only difference being the DMF. Therefore the standard GT clutch should be good for 250bhp.

I would greatly appreciate any advice on the above or any other recommendations for either of the two power options I am considering.

Thank you.
 

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BHP is not a problem, its torque which is a problem.

I've driven a customer's car with DMF and dual friction clutch and it was juddery, so I wouldn't pick that option myself. The CG Motorsports stage 2 clutch is appealing, where have you read that it isn't suitable for diesels? I've used their stage 1 clutch before and it lasted 50,000 miles at 200bhp / 320lbft.
 

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On the CG Motorsports website the product details for the stage 2 clutch has a statement saying that it is not recommended for diesels and to contact them for advice. The statement appeared when I put the clutch in the shopping basket to check the technical details.
 

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this is a tough one, I have the same quandry..


mine's at 225BHP at the mo and I have the stage one and DMF, no slipping at all but its only been a couple of thousand miles and I fear its not a case of if but when...that said I do hoof it and so far it feels solid.

you didn't list the drive torque stage 2 option which I know is run by at least one person on here with good results and for me it's between that and the AL SMF and GTA clutch option..I suspect all of the choices you listed will hold the power IF the mapping is sympathetic, it will be torque spikes that kill the clutch not peak BHP or torque. you know what they say, if you want to pat a dog on the head let it know you are coming,dont just creep up behind it or you WILL get bitten. this whole thing will be about how gradually the torque reaches it's peak..

I think some clever manipulation of boost limiter in specific places will give a good feel but protect the CV joints/clutch/flywheel.

personally I am leaning towards the SMF and GTA conversion as my intended final power levels will be limited by what the injectors being a 150 unit can safely handle before they go pop , NOT what the clutch can handle...

lets be honest, Damien ,you and myself are in new territory with this as i don't think anyone in this country bar us three are running GT/147 1.9 JTDm units at these kinds of power levels. it's going to be a case of suck it and see i'm afraid and hopefully between Ned and the three of us we can find a solution that is reliable and has some longevity at our power /torque levels.

it's going to be easier for all who follow for sure but that is the price you pay for being among the first...
 

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Hi guys, I'm running a gt 1.9 and have had various autolusso mods, I just had a hybrid turbo fitted and I think the results are pleasing. I want to change the clutch as it has a high bite. Ned suggests a solid coversion but I'm not sure my clutch doesn't slip the Dmf seems ok no rattles or judder I don't hoof it and I'm minded at the moment to put a new standard clutch in and suck it and see Ned suggests speaking to Damien which is hopefully one of you guys. Any input would be helpful.
 

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Hi guys, I'm running a gt 1.9 and have had various autolusso mods, I just had a hybrid turbo fitted and I think the results are pleasing. I want to change the clutch as it has a high bite. Ned suggests a solid coversion but I'm not sure my clutch doesn't slip the Dmf seems ok no rattles or judder I don't hoof it and I'm minded at the moment to put a new standard clutch in and suck it and see Ned suggests speaking to Damien which is hopefully one of you guys. Any input would be helpful.
This is Damien's profile

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/members/alfadoit.html

We are fitting this kit in the next few days so lets see how that goes

Ned
 

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Hi guys, I'm running a gt 1.9 and have had various autolusso mods, I just had a hybrid turbo fitted and I think the results are pleasing. I want to change the clutch as it has a high bite. Ned suggests a solid coversion but I'm not sure my clutch doesn't slip the Dmf seems ok no rattles or judder I don't hoof it and I'm minded at the moment to put a new standard clutch in and suck it and see Ned suggests speaking to Damien which is hopefully one of you guys. Any input would be helpful.

How does the hybrid turbo feel? I'm thinking of doing this later in the year.
 

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Howre you getting 225, a remap and Ned's turbo ?
yup, mine and Alfadoit's were the first two...

there is more power to be had for for certain but I am holding at the current power levels until i have the clutch replaced with something more robust. as said before likely to be the Autolusso SMF and GTA clutch option.
 

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How does the hybrid turbo feel? I'm thinking of doing this later in the year.

frickin awesome.

a Huge improvement on the standard set up, especially in the mid range. Highly recommended...also the M-tech short shift kit is a massive mod IMO, for not a lot of money you can string the gear changes together in a way that makes the hybrid's extra power very usable. I think the SS kit has taken a whole second off my 0-60 as I now stay on boost between gear changes, it is so much more drive-able and gets down the road with much more urgency.

also worth mentioning that AL also did my mapping and have done a great job of it..anything above what I have now is a bonus as I have achieved what I set out too...225 torquey horses with instant throttle response due to the addition of stainless turbo pipes and the SS Kit.

another 8-10% is ''safely available'' IMO after this point what would happen is anyone's guess.

the plan now is the clutch and then a final map tweak...I do have an FMIC in the garage but remain convinced that It just is not required for fast road use and anything under the 240 mark...it may be for sale shortly.
 

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What do you do about insurance? I've had reasonable quotes for the mods I'm considering but I'd like to know who you are with.
 

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Did you have a remap before going for the turbo or did you go straight from standard to turbo? 190bhp feels "right" in a diesel gt so I guess 230 to 240 would feel quick.
 

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another 8-10% is ''safely available'' IMO after this point what would happen is anyone's guess.

the plan now is the clutch and then a final map tweak
Glad youre enjoying it.

There are a few 275bhp+ 1.9 16v JTDs on here that have been around for a fair few years, so I d think youd be safe with more, obviously AFTER the clutch upgrade. :)
 

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How has 275 bhp been achieved?
The usual - intercooler, remap, exhaust, plus maybe some bigger injectors, maybe a hybrid turbo like Ned's or a bigger one like the unit from the later 210ps 2.4 159s, maybe a bit of water/meth, some people have gone further with NOS, thats not for me though, but it can take you over 300. JBsmith has 350 I think from his 2.4.
 

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Thank you for the advice so far. My initial enquiry to Autolusso was to start to understand the options to achieve 250 bhp or 300 bhp. Further research and advice here suggests 240 to 250 is reasonable without undue risk. As I'm based nearby bristol a CG Motorsports stage 1 clutch fitted by Duncan Slade seems like a good option for now but I'm going to wait to see what Autolusso can offer with regard to keeping the DMF, especially as they seem to have an excellent reputation.
 
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