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Old 01-26-2011, 10:37 AM
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Valair or South Bend clutch

So its time for a new clutch. The Valair ceramic/kevlar clutch is a good towing clutch and rated for 500hp for $1018. South Bend has a streetable double disc clutch rated for 750hp for $1800. I tow about 16,000 pounds about once or twice a month. My truck on extreme street may have about 550hp once I get 175cc injectors and powermax turbo. I guess the question is, will the South Bend clutch last almost twice as long? Anybody running a double disc and how does it perform?
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:15 AM
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You'll probably hear crickets on this.... Not too many 6 spds around. Subscribed
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I went with the Valair kevlar/cermic clutch rated at 500hp. But then I just learned that South Bend does have the same clutch for about $125 less. I just couldn't find it on their website. For some reason, their clutch is only rated at 400hp.
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:35 AM
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Your going to have to let us know how you like that clutch. I have the south bends kevlar/cermic 475hp and its pretty grabby, but I like it for the most part. I holds good and I've never had a problem with towing.
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The Valair clutch was nice. Not too grabby and easy to shift. Unfortunately, it didn't last too long. The good news is that Valair is giving me a big discount on their double disc organic clutch. I was going to go with Southbend but I can't refuse the offer Valair is giving me.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:05 PM
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Let me Put it this way. I called and talk to some guys at valair and he told me he would not personally buy a clutch for the 6.0 from them. They don't sell many and they haven't got all the bugs out of them. Since the company told me not to buy their product I sure as heck wasn't gonna buy from them.

Southbend is a good clutch. They are a tad grabby but overall for performance/pulling they are great clutches. Now if you don't do either they will never outlast a factory clutch. I opted to have a place here that builds custom racing clutches build me one. Also if you have a dual mass fly wheel it needs to be replace with a Solid.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:24 PM
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Valair or South Bend clutch

Well I currently have like 400 miles on my valair ceramic dual disc so far so good not to grabby and drives pretty nice it's quiet too. Thing weighed like 125 pounds.

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Old 03-24-2013, 04:58 PM
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It's things like this that are driving me to an automatic swap. My stock clutch seems to be holding for now but I dont want to spend 1200 on a clutch and be dissapointed.
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It's things like this that are driving me to an automatic swap. My stock clutch seems to be holding for now but I dont want to spend 1200 on a clutch and be dissapointed.
i keep tellin ya lets do a auto swap!!!! be faster too!

i personally like valair. i deal with both southbend and valair. to me you pay alot for the southbend name
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:42 AM
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I've never personally ran a valair. A guy I work with has a mild built 7.3 (zf6) and got a double disk valair and it lasted a year. When I called to get some details and pricing they told me they wouldn't sell me one of their clutches for my 6.0. I appreciated their strait forward honesty. The thing is he told me is that their are a handful of 6spds out there and their clutches aren't perfected as much as the southbends. I also think that your buying the brand name when you purchase a southbend.
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