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HOW TO: Low engagement springs for GP460 clutch (For FREE!!)

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  • HOW TO: Low engagement springs for GP460 clutch (For FREE!!)

    Hey GP460/G62 owners, Tired of your unreliable GP460 clutch springs? Tired of your engine revving to the moon while cruising at 5-10mph? Tired of burning through clutches? I figured I’d post a how to on making your own “clutch saver” Low engagement 460 clutch springs for free.

    A little background on this. I’ve always disliked how high the red (and yellow) spring 460 clutches engaged. I understand the benefits of the high stall springs, but for me, having the engine scream away while cursing just wasn’t enjoyable. It definitely wasn’t worth the second or two of acceleration gain. And you definitely don’t need to spend the $14 bucks on DDM “clutch saver” springs.

    Some time ago I saw a post from another member on here who mentioned heating the OEM red or yellow springs to reduce engagement RPM, so I figured I’d give it a try, and guess what. It works great! It’s almost exactly comparable to the DDM clutch saver springs.

    The process involves removing your current 460 clutch pads and springs (You do not need to remove the whole hub from your motor) and heating the springs with a propane/map gas/or possibly butane torch. Until the paint turns white and the metal is cherry hot, and allowing them to cool slowly. Finally, reassemble in reverse order.

    the idea is to remove the hardening of the steel springs by heating. Heating the steel and cooling slowly increases the grain size meaning the atoms will be farther away from each other thus reducing the hardness.

    An advantage you this process is that the steel also becomes less brittle which means less chance of broken springs.

    sorry for the lack of photos on this post, hopefully this helps some of you guys.
    Last edited by dsport; 09-30-2020, 06:57 PM.

  • #2
    Just finished doing this today. Clutch feels awesome! Wayyy more rideable. Thanks for the post!!!!!!

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    • #3
      I gave up and went with toy maker clutch carrier conversion. Never looked back. I will be using your method on my goquad ei_1604366132036-removebg-preview.png

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      • #4
        Nothing against the TM stuff, the 40 clutch IMO has a better engagement, but you can get the 46 clutch pretty close.

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        • #5
          absolutely awful to drive with org springs, full throttle or nothing. and my neighbors eye ball me,they think i'm driving like an idiot, but then i actually only drive like 10😆 just bought the yellow springs, Do you reccomend to warm these too?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by LA8PV View Post
            absolutely awful to drive with org springs, full throttle or nothing. and my neighbors eye ball me,they think i'm driving like an idiot, but then i actually only drive like 10😆 just bought the yellow springs, Do you reccomend to warm these too?
            You can try them first and see, but personally I would. The engagement is still pretty high. Get them hot enough that the yellow turns white and let them cool very slowly, DO NOT dunk them water to cool them etc. this will have the opposite effect. They will be much easier to install this way too.

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            • #7
              I'm definitely trying it, thanx for the tip🤙

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              • #8
                Had the springs fitted today, and it was absolutely incredible. Now the clutch activates instantly, absolutely perfect. Thank you sir🤙😁

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