SMG equipped E46 M3s have special needs to ensure optimal
performance. The SMG computer is pre-programmed with all shifting
procedures based on set values (the mass of the original equipment
clutch + flywheel assembly).
Here at VAC, we have all manner of special projects built on a
regular basis. We spent a great deal of time to find a solution
specific to the SMG. We offer very specific packages that are a
defined weight and meet a performance requirement for just about
every owner. These recommendations work as a package to balance
performance / lifespan / and drivability, and work with factory and
performance ECU tunes, Superchargers, Turbos and most any power
level from stock to over 1000 HP. Read on...
The ClutchMaster's "Power Plus" pressure plate uses a high
leverage design with a ductile iron casting to significantly
increase plate load and durability while keeping excessive clutch
hydraulic pressure to the bare minimum possible. This design
reduces heavy pedal pressure that plagues a lot of performance
clutches and can stress the SMG hydraulics.
The HPF Clutch offers a similar pressure plate, and extremely high
load carrying feramic discs material, ideal for force induction
Both features a reinforced strap design and heavy duty rivets
throughout for increased longevity and strength during aggressive
use; areas that typical fail in the stock and even other
"performance" pressure plates during heavy use.
These clutch systems have been tested to work well with our Grand
Am spec Lightweight Steel Alloy Flywheel. Robust, race proven, and
street friendly; this combination works extremely well with SMG
cars to improve performance, and power handling.
Each friction type listed below has its plus's and minuses.
Please read our descriptions to select the package that's best for
you! Depending on your car's use, we offer four options to match
All VAC S54 SMG clutch & flywheel systems come complete
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