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Rover V8 engine – Uprated Clutch kits

Rover V8 engine – Uprated Clutch kits

Here at LOF clutches, we offer a variety of different clutch kits to suit all forms of Rover V8 applications!

The Rover V8 fitted to Land Rovers typically uses a 10.5” clutch kit (267mm) This engine can be mounted with various gearboxes depending on application. These include the R380, LT77, LT95 and LT85 Land Rover gearboxes. The 10.5” clutch kit used in these applications is relatively universal. However you will need to know if your vehicle is a 4 speed or 5 speed gearbox. All Land Rover 4 speed gearboxes like the LT95 use a 10 spline input shaft and therefore require a 10 or ‘corse’ spline drive plate. All 5 speed gearboxes like the R380 use a 23 spline ‘Fine’ input shaft and therefore need a 23 spline drive plate. Here at LOF we offer both our ROADspec and POWERspec V8 kits with an option to choose a spline count.
Below is a rough illustration of which one you will need.
101 Forward control- LT95 4 speed > 10 spline clutch kit
Range Rover (1970-1983) – LT95 4 speed > 10 spline clutch kit
Stage 1 V8 S3- LT95 > 10 spline clutch kit
RR classic, Discovery, Defender V8 – R380/LT77 > 23 spline clutch kit

Our 10.5″ clutch kits have proven ultra reliable and strong over the years, we therefore discontinued any form of “paddle” clutch for the RV8 as we deemed it unnecessary. The LOF POWERspec V8 kit in 10.5″ for example is good for over 640Nm and therefore exceeds nearly all torque/power applications in the Rover V8!

More recently, LOF clutches has been asked to supply clutch kits for road cars such as the Morgan, TVR, Triumph TR8 and MGB V8, and kit cars incorporating the Rover V8.
We have developed a series of kits for all manor of these road going applications. Most Road cars using the RV8 run a flywheel drilled for a 9.5” clutch kit. Again you will need to check the input spline and release bearing set up of your vehicle but we can certainly help!

Our most common kit for the road going cars is our LOF POWERspec 2.8 TGV kit. This kit is a 9.5” (242mm) clutch kit, with a 23 spline drive plate. This kit is deemed suitable for the Rover V8 up to circa 500Nm which seems to cover all applications in road cars! We can also offer a slightly weaker kit for mildly tuned engines.

As the Rover V8 Road cars vary so much in terms of release bearing mechanisms etc, we suggest sending us an email to confirm the parts you need!

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