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Southbend vs Valair?

Anyone prefer one over the other? Leaning toward the SB 1944-6OK or just the K because they advertise up to 350/750 with a very soft pedal.

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I have a Valair Ceramic/Kevlar clutch. It has been on the truck for a few years now. I pull heavy loads from time to time (18,000 pounds) and haven't seen any issues with it. It gets a little jumpy to reverse a heavy load. It took a little getting use to as it catches much quicker than stock. I think it runs right at $1000 for the kit. Both are good clutches.

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Had a Valair in my Dodge. Kevlar/Kevlar. It was fine. Dan is a good guy.

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installed a SB in a friends 99 350. he does a little bit of everything with it (sled pull, DD, tows a trailer almost every day). hes not the easiest on it and he said he loves it. hasnt missed a lick. the pedal is unreal soft compared to stock. Ill probably be putting one in my truck when it needs it. Ive heard good things about both though

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installed a SB in a friends 99 350. he does a little bit of everything with it (sled pull, DD, tows a trailer almost every day). hes not the easiest on it and he said he loves it. hasnt missed a lick. the pedal is unreal soft compared to stock. Ill probably be putting one in my truck when it needs it. Ive heard good things about both though
Would you mind to find out which he picked up with the soft pedal?

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you mean which model south bend? 99.9% sure he got the 350hp model due to towing and such. The first time you push it in, youll swear something is wrong! I couldnt believe the difference. If you like it a little bit stiffer, you can pull the helper spring off the pedal and it will firm it up some.

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Yup, I'm all for a soft pedal. Suits me just fine. Thanks for the info.

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no problem hope it helps your decision

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