SHOP VALAIR CLUTCHES AND CLUTCH PARTS AT DPP! When we at Diesel Power Products started shopping around for a diesel clutch manufacturer to showcase, we had a lot of choices. It soon became clear that ... read more
SHOP VALAIR CLUTCHES AND CLUTCH PARTS AT DPP!
When we at Diesel Power Products started shopping around for a diesel clutch manufacturer to showcase, we had a lot of choices. It soon became clear that one company offered the combination of quality, durability, customer service, price and integrity that we were looking for. Valair Clutch has not failed to live up to our expectations.
Valair started as Vallance Remanufacturing in Mineral Wells, Texas, about 60 miles West of Fort Worth, in the early 1990s. The company concentrated on rebuilding clutch assemblies for heavy trucks and agriculture. The location allowed Valair to keep cost low and supply the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as the local areas with quality replacement parts.
In 2004, Valair addressed an interest in the performance clutch market for high horsepower diesel trucks. Research and development started to source the parts for these applications. Valair was already building clutches for most OTR trucks capable of holding up to 2250 ft. lbs torque and was adapting these principles from these OTR clutches into a smaller package for ¾ and 1 ton trucks.
After two years of R&D, Valair's ‘Performance Series Clutches’ were marketed to the diesel truck enthusiast who wanted a quality high performance clutch at a reasonable price. All of these clutches are assembled in Mineral Wells, Texas from the highest quality parts available and are now being sold all over the World.
Whether you are looking for a stock replacement, towing clutch, or a high performance clutch for sled pulling or drag racing, they have just the clutch for you.
Q: Where are Valair clutches made?
A: Valair's headquarters is located in Mineral Wells, Texas and is where all of their clutches are manufactured.
Q: What is the warranty on Valair clutches?
A: Valair Inc. warrants that their Performance Series Clutches are free from defects in workmanship and material under normal use and service for a period not exceeding 30 days on all organic singles disc clutches, 90 days on hydraulics, 6 months or 6,000 miles on all performance single disc clutches and 12 months 12,000 miles on street dual disc clutches whichever occurs first from the original date of purchase.
Q: I just installed a dual disc clutch and it sounds like its rattling when my truck is in gear and I push the clutch in, such as at a stop light. What's wrong with the clutch?
A: This is called floater plate noise which pretty accurately describes the issue. On a dual or triple disc clutch, you have a "floater" plate between the friction discs and when there is no power being applied to it, it can cause a "rattling" noise.
Q: I have a 2nd Gen 24 Valve and just bought a Valair clutch and their heavy duty hydraulics, but the hydraulics won't fit. Did you send me the wrong part?
A: 1998-2002 truck hydraulics will reuse the existing metal bracket that is bolted to the fire wall. Valair master cylinders are meant to fit the stock bracket that comes off the truck. If the truck has a snap ring on their bracket, they do not have the OEM bracket, and their hydraulics kit will not work. The brackets held on by snap rings are box store brackets and customers will have issues where the cylinder will not fit.
Q: I have a G56 transmission (2005.5-2018 Rams) and after installing one of your clutches while the truck is idling in neutral and the clutch pedal is released, I'm now hearing what I can best describe as a grinding noise.
A: This is called gear rollover noise and its most often heard in G56 transmission equipped trucks because of their aluminum casing doesn't dampen the noise like a cast iron casing. From the factory, the G56 features a dual mass flywheel which basically acts like a torque converter. Any aftermarket replacement or upgraded clutch converts the flywheel to a one piece, solid flywheel. When this happens, the harmonic noises of the transmission are no longer absorbed by the flywheel. Most have been able to drastically reduce or even eliminate this noise by overfilling their case by about one quart which requires accessing it from inside the cab and removing the shift lever boot. Further, using a higher quality, heavier weight oil has proven to be worthwhile, as well.
Q: Valair offers a lot of options in terms of the clutch disc facing, such as organic, Kevlar, ceramic, and more. How do I know which one is right for me?
- Ceramic/Kevlar: Utilizing two different buttons on the clutch disc these clutches are aimed at the moderate performance trucks. Driving manners are very good for everyday driving and towing. Take-offs are relatively smooth and offer more slip and forgiveness than the ceramic/ceramic clutches. While the holding power for the Kevlar faced clutch is higher than the organic/organic faced clutches, the main advantage is less wear on the flywheel and longer life. This option is ideally suited to trucks with moderate performance power modifications with 350-500HP and is considered a good light towing clutch. If you tow more than the occasional 7,500-10,000lbs, the Organic Dual Disc will be a better option.
- Ceramic/Ceramic: These clutches utilize ceramic buttons on both sides of the clutch disc and are aimed at the high performance trucks. Driving manners are very performance oriented with no clutch slip, basically the clutch is in, or it is out. Great holding capacity for highly modified trucks, the only way you will get more holding power is to go to a Dual Disc Clutch setup. Ceramic is a very hard material so typically flywheel wear is more noticeable using a ceramic clutch than with other materials. This option is ideally suited to trucks with high performance power modifications with 500-600HP and not recommended for towing. If you plan on drag racing/ sledpulling or doing boosted launches you will need a Dual Disc. This clutch will hold 600HP in a street truck, but will not last under these conditions and will not be covered under warranty if used in these applications.
- Dual Disc: Typically considered a performance clutch, the newer style Dual Disc clutches are used for everything from every day driving, towing, and sled pulling. There are several different options to choose from depending on your driving habits, horse power, and application.
- Triple Disc: Now we're getting serious, Available as a street set up or an all out performance counter weighted set up. If you have an 800HP+ Daily Driver or an all out pulling truck this is what you need. Triple disc clutches are best suited to trucks with maximum power modifications.