New tech for aftermarket

Clutches from Valeo

Published:  22 October, 2014

Long Travel Damper (LTD) Dual Mass Flywheel technology is being introduced into the aftermarket by Valeo which divides acceleration input to the gearbox by more than two at all engine speeds. This technology is important for fuel-saving engines which have a higher torque so generate more vibrations, especially at low speed. The LTD DMF absorbs these, making for a more comfortable ride. It can be adapted on manual, hybrid and wet dual clutch transmission applications. Valeo's OE quality range includes more than 1,900 references and comprises traditional clutch kits, high-efficiency kits, self-adjusting clutch kits, dual mass flywheels, master cylinders and concentric slave cylinders. The parts are supplied under a film to prevent components from moving during carriage.

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