Well diesel owners who run a stick shift in their Ram truck have a new clutch option on the market and this one looks like a game changer. The new Centerforce twin disc unit that’s available for 2005.5-2013 Ram trucks is rated by Centerforce at 1,700 lb/ft of torque. That is serious business and certainly covers a very huge swath of the hot rodded Rams out there and covers the stockers without even breaking a sweat. With no rattling, great clutch pressure, and smooth engagement, this twin disc brings lots of the technology that Centerforce has developed over the years on the streets and race tracks to the truck market and it is a big deal.
One of the other cool innovations that Centerforce worked into this piece were the sprung hub style friction discs that both remove rattle but also reduce the shock load to the components to lengthen clutch life and make operation a better experience. We have seen the diesel market growing for years with bolt ons , injectors, turbos, and other parts but now that the big companies on the automotive side are starting to tackle diesels, that whole situation is set to really grow. This clutch is another great piece of the puzzle for Cummins Ram enthusiasts!
Centerforce releases the 1,700 lb/ft-rated Diesel Twin clutch for 2005.5-2013 Cummins-equipped Rams.
The Cummins ISB straight-6 diesel engines are legendary for their reliability, tuneability, and overall power potential. In recent years, this workhorse has been boosted from nearly 600 lb-ft of torque to over 850 lb-ft. Simple tunes can net increases of over 250 lb-ft of torque. With increased power levels, the stock clutch quickly becomes inadequate for even basic driving, leading many enthusiasts to install an aftermarket clutch system — which historically results in drivability compromises. Centerforce developed the Diesel Twin clutch kit to eliminate common compromises such as stiff pedal feel, rough engagement and annoying noise.
The Centerforce Diesel Twin uses two sprung hub discs with a patented floater design that uses spring-loaded bushings to absorb typical “floater rattle.” The floater is drilled and slotted like a brake rotor to dissipate heat. This configuration helps to retain stock-like drivability.
Smooth engagement comes from the two-stage sprung hub friction discs, which were developed specifically for the Cummins application. The primary springs help dampen engine vibration and transmission gear rattle, then the secondary springs absorb the shock and harmonics when the clutch is engaged. Centerforce’s patented ball-bearing pressure plate and centrifugal weights add the clamping force, giv-ing the Diesel Twin a rated 1,700 lb-ft holding capacity. Because diesels turn lower rpm than gas en-gines, Centerforce re-engineered the signature centrifugal weights to provide more force at the lower-rpm. Further, the pressure plate’s diaphragm fingers are adjusted properly at the factory — no need to align/adjust them with a prybar during installation.
Attention to details includes: New single-mass flywheel with a larger-than-stock pilot bearing; a bal-anced pressure plate, floater and flywheel assembly (a paint mark indicates the proper balance align-ment); premium ARP fasteners/bolts; a new pre-bled hydraulic slave and master cylinder; a new throw-out bearing; a starter spacer and an alignment tool. Each assembly comes with a spec sheet with the test results specific to the clutch in the box.
Centerforce’s new Diesel Twin kit (Part No. 04026651) is for 2005.5-2013 Cummins-powered Rams with the G56 6-speed manual transmission.
For more information about the Centerforce Diesel Twin clutch system for the Cummins-equipped Ram truck, contact Centerforce, 928.771.8422, www.centerforce.com.