Tilton 3-Plate Carbon/Carbon Clutch System
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Tilton 3-Plate Carbon/Carbon Clutch System

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Date Added: Thursday 12 April, 2007

by Kai Larson

I own this Tilton clutch, and it is installed on my 2004 Viper SRT-10.

Mine was one of the first ones ever used on a Viper SRT, so it was something of a leap of faith to purchase such an expensive piece of equipment. I have to say that my faith was well placed, as this clutch truly rocks.

The first thing you notice is how the reduction of rotating mass affects the engine, I have the 12.5 lb. version.
With so much less inertia, the engine revs immediately, with no hesitation at all. I also drive a Subaru WRX STi, with a horizontally opposed 4 cylinder engine. I used to think that the STi engine was free revving. My new Viper engine takes it to another level. Revving the Viper engine now sounds like revving a giant V-10 chain saw. It has more "bark" to the engine note, and it drops off just as quickly when you let off the gas. When driving, throttle response and acceleration is immediate.

The real surprise is how easy the clutch is to drive. I knew that the clutch would be strong and have serious clamping power, but I expected it to be barely drivable. However, after an initial break-in (courtesy of 3 hours of stop and go traffic getting out of Los Angeles) where the clutch squeaked and grabbed like crazy, it settled down and is now very streetable and tame. The clutch has a very short stroke, and takes a fair amount of effort to depress, but it modulates easily. Given its torque handling capacity, I still can't believe how user friendly and smooth it is. It's not as forgiving as the stock clutch, but it doesn't slip like the stock clutch did either.

A final note on customer service: Daniel at VSP was terrific, and provided excellent product support throughout the install process. He was always available to answer questions and provide information needed to make sure things ran smoothly.

I couldn't be happier with this clutch. It was expensive, but it performs as promised.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

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