If that is not that exciting for you to race a car with an automatic transmission, if you do not feel enthusiastic about loading a converter and clicking the shifter – we have an aftermarket performance solution for you! If you are the kind of person who believes that the real car has three pedals – welcome to Hays – manufacturer of high performance clutches for street and strip applications. Here you will find a variety of complete clutch kits as well as pressure plates, discs, flywheels. Moreover Hays manufactures custom built clutches for drag racing and tractor-pulling applications. Hays is the member of the Prestolite Performance Group which means quality and reliability of all the aftermarket performance parts provided. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
When talking about replacing your OEM clutch with the performance aftermarket part the first question is – what will it do for your vehicle’s performance? Well, first of all, it depends on the type of clutch you are looking at. The soft clutch makes it easier to shift. If we are talking about a harder clutch, for example a triple plate one, it will marginally improve shift time, and, what is very important, it weighs less so it improves the performance.
However if you purchase the clutch only most likely you will not notice any significant difference. But if you have already installed some aftermarket parts on your vehicle, for instance a turbocharger on your engine or some other performance part that increases horsepower and torque then there’s the point in buying such an upgrade as an aftermarket performance clutch. Let’s see why. The thing is that the factory clutch is designed to be used with the car in its factory configuration and having altered the engine you might have noticed that the clutch needs to be switched to an upgraded one.
Hays also carry a variety of other performance parts. Hays aftermarket flywheels are especially famous. Your question might be the following: why do I need to change my stock flywheel? What will the new one do for the vehicle’s performance? Well, let’s start from the basics. The power from the engine is distributed to the wheels by a drivetrain, and the main component here is the flywheel. As a rule, the stock flywheel is a heavy dual-mass unit, however an aftermarket one, designed by Hays specialists and made of high quality aluminum is lighter.
Just imagine, Hays aluminum flywheel weighs as little as 1/3 of your factory one (which is a dual-mass unit, as mentioned above)! But choosing an aftermarket flywheel please be careful – too light unit is also not the best choice – first of all, it can cause damages of the crankshaft or even worse – they can lead to the engine damage.