I have a Helix clutch + SMF and its just perfect, holds down much more agressive when changing gears , it pulls instantly and the flywheel is 6.4kg lighter than OEM. I am very satisfied. The clutch pedal was a litter harder the first thousand kilometers but now im running Castrol SRF racing oil in the clutch, alonfg with stell lines and its just perfect, for everyday driving and for track use.... This clutch can hold up to 580nM....
the DMF Sachs is said to be good for up to 360lbs+ or the thick end of 500Nm.....certainly I've had no problems so far putting 360 lbs through mine....cue clutch burning up!
All Audi S3 8P's are all fitted with LUK DMF's
I know this because i have a sachs performance clutch fitted with brand new LUK DMF , i asked audi to supply me with a Sachs DMF for the s3 8p at the time as i had read on forums Sachs had a stronger DMF available. They told me they do not list one fo any S3 8P 2006 - 2010, i have etka and i confirmed this also. I then phoned Sachs and they do not manufacture a Sachs DMF!
If you are fiting a new DMF with a performance clutch the only one available for the S3 8P is LUK
Sorry davie...you are of course entirely correct,and what I should have written was the Sachs performance clutch for use with the LUK DMF.
I can only say i was rather busy at the time this afternoon and should have checked what I had said fully before comitting it to the internet.
I have exactly the same brief as you.
I'm led to believe that the Helix and Sachs items once bedded in are very similar to standard.
Mines being fitted tomorrow (hooray) so I'll report my findings.
After 2 and a half months of nursing my slipping clutch it was finally replaced yesterday in favour of a Helix item by the helpful chaps at Rtech power.
The DMF was in good working order so did not need replacing.
Whilst the clutch is slightly stiffer than standard, it is by no difficult to use, testament to this being the hour of clutch/de-clutching on the M42 thanks to the kind people slowing down to gawp at a car accident. If anything it appears to have softened in the 150 miles I’ve covered since.
There are no strange squeaks or rattles in operation, gear changes are now very precise with much quicker pick up than before.