We receive numerous questions on our tech line or with the E-Tech form about installers and installation.
Here are three commons themes:
- A customer asks for a recommendation on an installer for their clutch system.
- We get a call because there’s a problem with a clutch put in by an installer.
- Finally, an installer calls who ‘inherited’ a job from another installer who botched the job.
Just like when looking for a doctor or lawyer, it is important to look for the best installer based on your vehicle and how you intend to use it.
Today’s vehicles are highly technical and require a good understanding of the drivetrain to install an aftermarket clutch and hydraulics system.
Good working knowledge of the clutch and release systems is vital when installing an aftermarket part.
A dealership installer may have a great deal of knowledge on a specific car or truck, but their experience is often limited to using factory parts.
This is in no way a knock on dealerships; I know many qualified technicians at these establishments are performance savvy. But honestly, I’ve spoken with many over the years who I would not put into that category.
If you have a specialized vehicle that is even slightly modified, I advise you to seek a reputable shop that specializes in your type of vehicle.
In other words, if you are a Mustang, Challenger, Camaro, or Corvette guy, look for someone who specializes in modifying these models.
You will get the knowledge needed on your specific car; chances are they have already run into any of the minor concerns associated with an aftermarket clutch or hydraulics installation.
As you evaluate the installer, you are really looking for someone who will take their time on the installation and do the job right the first time.
These folks tend to stop when there is an issue or question and evaluate the best path for resolving the concern. They understand that things happen and that it may be necessary to take time to do extra measurements or make a phone call when they have a question.
They should also take the time to review the products with you and discuss any additional items or modifications that may be needed as the installation proceeds.
Often these specialty installers are a dealer for RAM and many other product lines. That means they’re familiar with the products and the techniques necessary to perform a successful install.
A RAM hydraulic bearing or Dual Disc clutch system install requires proper measuring and fitting to ensure a successful installation the first time. A good installer will (or should) also walk through the proper break-in procedures and be able to answer any questions you may have about what to expect from the clutch or hydraulics system.
The bottom line is, while RAM Clutches or any manufacturer does their best to provide products that are easy to install and troubleshoot, the benefit of having a specialist perform the work should make your experience much better in the end.