Replacing a clutch disc is a very difficult process. Even expert DIYers find it challenging. So before you get to tinkering, it’s wise to first make sure that the clutch disc that you’ll be installing on your car is the right one for you. There are several types of clutch discs, with each varying from one another via the material that they’re made of. A particular clutch disc may be more suitable for your car than another—it largely depends on how you drive. In this guide, we break down the various types of clutch discs to help you decide which one to get.
Clutch Disc Types
Organic: For the Average Motorist
This is the most basic type of clutch disc. Most stock clutch discs are classified as organic. This type is sufficient for standard driving conditions. If you simply use your car to drive from home to work and vice versa, you wouldn’t have to look for anything beyond an organic clutch disc. Remember, too much clutch can be bad as well.
Ceramic: For the Occasional Hobbyist
A ceramic clutch disc is a step up from an organic clutch disc. If you own a performance automobile, this may be your best bet for a replacement clutch disc as a ceramic clutch disc can take more heat than its organic counterpart.
Note: There are also hybrid clutch discs (a combination of organic and ceramic) but they’re pretty much in the same league as organic clutch discs. A hybrid clutch disc is more or less just a marketing ploy.
Kevlar, Segmented Kevlar, Sintered Iron: For the Speed Demon
These types of clutch disc are recommended for professional racers. Each of these are made of high-temperature and extremely durable material (the sintered iron clutch disc is particularly made for endurance racing). Standard flywheels normally won’t last with top-grade clutch discs such as these.
Naturally, organic clutch discs are the cheapest among all the types. In fact, you can purchase an organic clutch disc for as low as $10. On the other hand, the more specialized clutch discs can be really expensive, with some reaching the range of $100-$200.