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Old 01-21-2004, 03:04 AM
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Default Mixed Opinions: trailing or leading clutch set-up?

As the mentioned on the subject line, I have been reading mixed opionions of for clutch setups.

Which one will engage first and at a higher RPM, leading or trailing?

And which will endure more wear?

I will quote someone (from a popular website) who claims that:

"In a leading edge engagement, the leading portion of the clutch will wing out and engage the clutch bell as the motor turns counterclockwise. Configuring the clutch in this manner slightly raises the RPM's at which the clutch will engage. This provides a snappier bottom end response. The downside is a small increase in clutch wear."

I know some of you may disagree with the statement above but it would be greatly be appreciated if you post your opinions.

I would also like to hear from the moderators please.

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Old 01-21-2004, 06:08 PM
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Default RE: Mixed Opinions: trailing or leading clutch set-up?

I think both will make initial contact at the same time, but leading shoes will grab and lock up fully sooner. In drum brake terminology, the leading shoe is called self energizing, because there is a small but effective force vector pulling the shoe into the drum. I think it is the same effect with rc clutches. Trailing shoe will slip more until centrifugal force alone makes it grab.
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Default RE: Mixed Opinions: trailing or leading clutch set-up?

will this cause an othwerwise stock CEN MT2 to wheelie
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