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Old 02-09-2009, 07:42 AM   #1
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Default Mugen clutch set up in a Losi 8

I was at my LHS shop yesterday talking to the guy about my clutch set up. I am running the Losi 4 shoe 2 alum-2 comp. And I think it works pretty good. Im always open to new ideas tho. He said the Mugen 3 shoe set up was alot better and easier to work on. My question is what Mugen clutch is it and where can I get more info on it??

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Old 02-09-2009, 07:52 AM   #2
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mugen clutch comes with mugen buggies/truggies. it's standard 3 aluminum shoe clutch.

I am not fan of aluminum shoes they need to much maintenance
also mixing aluminum and plastic shoes is nit the best idea as aluminum will leave some residue on the clutchbell that the plastic shoes will catch and it will lower their grip (unles you maintain you clutch quite often)

been fan of reckward 2.5 extened clutch in my truggy as it has bigger shoes for more grip so it does not really matter that they are not aluminum. it works nicely in my buggy but since I got the clutch shoe removal tool I will test the clutch that came with my buggy - standard 3 plastic shoe clutch.
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:10 AM   #3
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With the losi motor mount you can use just about any three shoe clutch, I have used the Assoc. with no problems. You need to move the motor forward a bit in order to use the non losi clutchs...the losi adjutable motor mount allows this. Shimming will be neede to get exactly right but not a big deal.
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With the losi motor mount you can use just about any three shoe clutch, I have used the Assoc. with no problems. You need to move the motor forward a bit in order to use the non losi clutchs...the losi adjutable motor mount allows this. Shimming will be neede to get exactly right but not a big deal.
Actually when I used to run a Losi, I ran a Mugen clutch. It is MUCH easier if you have the King Headz motormount- you flip the rails one way for the Losi clutchbell, the other way for the Mugen one. The Losi clutchbell is longer. (the gear teeth stick further forward.)

It is a lot easier to find the Mugen parts, and it uses 2 bearings of the same size, the same ones virtually everyone BUT Losi uses. Since I never ran the Losi clutch I can't comment on which is better... but I DID use Losi clutchbells on the Mugen clutch setup prior to getting the King Headz motormount... I had a lot less bearing and clutchbell issues with the Mugen bell.
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the losi clutch is the easiest clutch to work on, what problems are you having with the stock clutch set up?
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:46 PM   #6
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Its not so much that I am having problems with the Losi clutch. The guy at the LHS just recommended the Mugen. I think the Losi is pretty easy to work on. I think he was saying for the shimming purposes. The Mugen was easier.
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:57 PM   #7
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i would stick with the losi, its easy to shim, i use 1 shim behind the inner bearing to space the bell out so it dosent rub the flywheel, i just use the stock tapered bolt with the male spacer on the outside it works good
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Is there a way to run a 3 shoe setup without having to buy the other engine mount? I have a Kyosho/Hot Bodies 3 shoe setup and would love to stay with it if possible.
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The mugen clutch is by far our favorite. Been running them for years and is the only clutch I will run regardless what car... A really good setup is the carbon shoes, with 1.0mm springs. has a great feel to it!!
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Losi clutch w/ Dynamite clutch shoes equate to nearly maintenance free. You'll be changing bearings once in a while, but the clutch shoes require zero attention. Even with the Dynamite clutch shoes you can play with different spring weights as a tuning option.
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the losi clutch is the biggest reason I would want to run the buggy, It is just easy to work on and gives good snap
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The ther day when my motor blew up I fried 2 clutch bearings. The first one was the smaller one then I replaced that one . Next my motor blew and I noticed my bigger bearing was completly torn apart. Whats up with that?? How does that happen??
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Hey, just wanted to throw the Impulse-r/c shoes out there. Three shoe AL, Associated style. $11.99
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I can't believe how many times I am having to ask this question, hopefully this time I will get an answer. Is there a 3 shoe clutch system that works without having to buy the optional motor mount?
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