2018 - Volume #42, Issue #6, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Clutch Facing Triples Wear Life
“Our Kevlar facing is specially treated to create a compact surface structure that spreads heat more evenly across the lining surface,” says Landesberg. “The entire surface runs cooler with fewer hot spots. This contributes to the increase in durability of both the facing and the mating member or flywheel.”
Other advantages claimed for the new facing include high friction levels, low dust, quiet operation and the ability to withstand high pressure. It eliminates the need for backing plates.
ProTec direct-markets the product to individuals and mechanics who are comfortable installing clutch facing. The new facing is also available on clutch kits through retailers like KY Clutch and Performance.
“Owner Chris Harmon tells us the upcharge for a single clutch kit with our Optimum Kevlar is $100, and a 2-plate clutch kit upcharge is $200,” says Landesberg.
He notes that getting clutch replacement providers to consider the new material has been difficult. One problem is the sheer number of different clutches out there.
“The other problem is that unlike Kentucky Clutch, many companies selling replacement clutches are ‘allergic’ to parts that last too long,” says Landesberg. “It kills the flywheel repair and replacement business.”
Individuals wanting to install their own Kevlar clutch facing can contact ProTec Friction Group directly. “Give us the make and model, and we can sell you the facing,” says Landesberg. “Simply clean up the clutch and rivet the facing in place. If you prefer, KY Clutch and Performance sells the complete kit with a clutch disc lined on both sides with a cover assembly.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, ProTec Friction Group, 45 Kensico Dr., Mt. Kisco, N.Y. 10549 (ph 914 244-3600; Answers@ProTecFriction.com; www.protecfriction.com); or KY Clutch and Performance, 250 Gun Club Rd., Brooks, Ky. 40109 (ph 502 955-9173; www.kyclutch.com; www.tractorclutches.com)
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