Eaton has upgraded its line of Advantage Series heavy-duty clutches that improve durability, reduce vibrations, and enhanced shifting across a range of torque ratings up to 2,250 lbs.-ft.

OEM production is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2017 with aftermarket production beginning in the third quarter.

Highlights of the list of enhancements include:

• A new strap drive system, which affixes the intermediate plate to the housing on the clutches, prolongs clutch life by eliminating lug fatigue that over time could lead to failures. The design also eliminates rattle that is associated with the prior lug design.

• Eaton’s soft rate dampers effectively absorb engine vibrations to prevent driveline damage and are now standard on all clutches. This premium damper technology enables downspeeding at all torque ratings up to 1,850 lbs.-ft.

• A patent-pending spring separator system permits cleaner, quicker disengagement with the engine for more efficient, smoother shifting.

• A second wear tab indicator has been added to the Advantage Self-Adjust model giving maintenance professionals better access during visual inspections.

Eaton Advantage Self-Adjust clutches in a new truck application are warranted for three years/350,000 miles. The new truck warranty for Eaton Easy Pedal Advantage clutches is two years/200,000 miles. Aftermarket warranty coverage for both designs is two years/unlimited miles. Release bearing lube intervals for all Eaton Advantage heavy-duty clutches is 50,000 miles. www.eaton.com.

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