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Old 08-02-2010, 04:01 PM
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Best Clutch?

What is the best clutch to run on your baja thinking about buying the 4 shoe fully adjustable clutch by Lauterbacher or Elcon. Its a lot of money to spend on a clutch is it worth it or is there something better

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Old 08-02-2010, 04:06 PM
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I run the 4 shoe elcon on 3 of my 5th scale rigs and like it alot with no problems. I like the fact that it is adjustable without having to change a spring. Plus with 4 shoes grabbing the Bell instead of 2,,,, really gets the power to the wheels!
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:50 PM
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The stock clutch swings out on a pivot to make contact with the bell. The four shoe clutchs have shoes that slide out and make contact with almost the entire bell.

Both the Elcon and the Lauterbach work the same and perform the same.

Ask 4 people about clutchs and you will probably get 5 answers. Either clutch will be a great investment.
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Not to mention last forever.My elcon is a year old and shows very little wear.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:45 PM
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I've got 2 more stock clutches but when they are gone I'll be buying an elcon 4 shoe. I've only researched them but think they are well worth the investment and am anxious to give one a try.
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If you buy an Elcon you might have to get the heavy duty titanium basher plate. Its a replacement plate for the back of the Elcon clutch. No need to buy it if you get a Latuerbacher. This was pointed out when I was clutch shopping, Lauter did it right the first time. Ive got about 3 gallons on mine and shows miminal wear. Both are great.

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Old 08-02-2010, 11:58 PM
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I run the Elcon but using Lauterbacher springs,as I find the Elcon ones too getting soft too quickly.
The lauterbacher springs are stiffer and a bit longer,requiring less pre-load to get the right clutch engagement.
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:47 AM
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There is a large write up on these two clutches on the Baja Planet forum

Seems the Lauterbach is better according to what this gentleman is saying.
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