Is a Stage 2 clutch right for you? What about a Stage 3 clutch? It can get a little confusing, so we like to think about clutches belonging to 1 of 7 different types.
Seven Types of Clutches, by Three Pedals
HP Max (Guideline)
Single disc, organic friction material, OEM clamp load
Single disc, organic friction material, increased clamp load
Single disc, organic and semi-metallic friction material
Single disc, semi-metallic friction material
Dual disc, organic friction material
Dual disc, semi-metallic friction material
When we’re asked for clutch advice, of course we need to know engine, transmission, and clutch release details, but we also need to know a little bit more about how you’re going to be abusing your clutch. Our questions are:
How much horsepower are you making now, or are you planning to make in the near future?
Is this a street car or will it see any racing? If racing, what type or types of racing (drag, autocross, road track, drifting) and how many times per year?
With answers to these questions, our clutch type table helps you find the right clutch for your application. We apply the same standard consistently across all brands in order to better help you pick the right clutch for your vehicle. But please keep in mind that there are many variables, and these are very general guidelines.
Examples of different clutch types:
Many clutch companies use a “stage” system to rate their clutches – Stage 1, Stage 2, and on and on. Each company has an explanation of what these stages mean for their products, but unfortunately there is no standard way to define a stage, so what what one company calls a “Stage 3” may be very different from the “Stage 3” from a different company.
Now, this is a very simplistic way to categorize clutches. There’s much more to the details here – number of pads or pucks, hub type, clutch finger type, etc., but we hope this high level classification brings clarity to your clutch shopping.
As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions.