Rekluse : ATV TCS Clutch Baskets

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Total Clutch SolutionsRekluse TCS Clutch Basket

The all-new Rekluse clutch baskets provide forged strength for increased durability, improved dampeners to reduce clutch hammering, and additional engagement contact to optimize the performance of the z-Start Clutch.

Do I need a new clutch basket?
The following outlines Clutch Basket Dampener Failure. Some Clutch baskets will last a season, and some last only hours. If the dampeners go unchecked clutch damage will result.

Clutch Basket Dampener Operation
Most OEM Clutches use elastomer dampeners to protect the clutch from shock loading applied to the basket by the drive train and/or engine during normal operating conditions. The dampeners are located between the clutch basket body and the ring gear. The dampeners take up the slack between the ring gear and clutch basket so that under normal loading they rotate as one. Under extreme loading the dampeners provide a cushion so the ring gear and basket can float independently and keep shock loads from being transferred to the clutch.

As the dampeners wear, the system gains slack and shock loads start getting transferred to the clutch. This creates a hammering effect between the clutch basket and ring gear. The hammering transfers to the clutch plates and causes the plates to wear away at the clutch basket and center clutch hub. If the dampeners continue to go unchecked, the hammering progresses until the clutch fails.

Checking Your Clutch Basket for Dampener Failure
Prior to installing the z-Start Pro, it is recommended that you check the condition of your Clutch Basket and Center Clutch Hub. An indication of failing clutch basket dampeners is grooving or notching of the Clutch Basket Ears-where the tabs of the friction discs index into the clutch basket. See the following picture.

Notched clutch basket
Another indication of failing dampeners is notching of the center clutch hub where the steel drive plates index to it.

Maintaining Clutch Basket Dampeners
Unfortunately the OEM clutch basket does not provide a means to maintain the dampeners. After the dampeners wear out, the clutch basket must be replaced. The choice is either an OEM clutch basket, or an aftermarket basket. The advantage of an aftermarket basket is that the dampeners are serviceable. Rekluse offers aftermarket clutch baskets specially designed for greater performance with the z-Start Pro.
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