By the staff of Trucks & Guns Magazine
When you are hauling close to or at the load capacity of your truck the factory clutch is not going to be happy. Not only will it be slipping under the weight but the extra strain will cause your clutch to wear out quicker than normal. Even if you are only hauling or towing, on most occasions an upgraded clutch can really improve the performance of your truck. When you think about performance clutches South Bend Clutch may not be the first clutch you think of it, but it might be after you see this.
THE SOUTH BEND STORY
The South Bend Clutch is a monster compared to a factory clutch. With over ¾ of an inch extra surface area for the clutch to engage and a much larger sealed roller pilot bearing, this clutch kit needs to be installed on every truck that hauls. The kit includes the pilot bearing already pressed into the flywheel, and this roller pilot bearing makes the factory bearing look like a joke. The factory clutch uses a smaller needle bearing that when it fails can cause damage to other components; this is why SBC uses a sealed roller bearing.
The organic disc material is the key element that gives this clutch a near factory feel with much better engagement. The extra wide surface area is designed for heavy towing, allowing the organic clutch to have strong engagement. Everything about the SBC just screams quality; guys hauling loads everyday are getting 70,000- 90,000 miles on these clutches. SBC has been torture testing their clutch for years. Installing them in their shops and letting as many people drive them as possible. This way their clutches get tested under real world situations with as many different driving styles as possible. Their current Dodge Diesel shop truck is also running the NV5600 with 500 horsepower on a 400 horsepower clutch. 12 different drivers test this truck daily often towing 23,000 pounds.
The 1947-OK-HD Dyna Max Organic Clutch Kit that we installed on our 2005 Dodge with NV5600 does not make any extra noise and bites with the power of a pit bull! Beautiful, smooth shifts, engagement with huge reliable bearings and the extra surface area makes this clutch worth every penny! This clutch is rated for 350-425 horsepower and 900 foot-pounds of torque. They do offer higher power rated clutches, but you do not want your clutch to be over rated to your engine. Make sure you choice the right clutch for your truck. South Bend Clutch has a guide about choosing the right clutch for your truck on their website: www.southbendclutch. com/rightclutch.html.