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I was browsing the desmotimes site looking for pretty clutch bits and came across this in their FAQ:

6. Will the basket be noisy like the original basket?

The basket combo will be considerably quieter than your OEM basket and also quieter than other aftermarket baskets because the fingers on the basket are optimized to minimize the gap between the friction plates andthe basket. We run our clutches with vented covers and still find that the sound is quieter than the original basket with a closed cover. That supposed "cool" Ducati clutch rattle isn't a matter of course. It is a sound borne of an improperly set up clutch. Properly set up clutches don't rattle.


Is that just marketing or is every Ducati clutch out there improperly set up?
 

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marketing shite!!! and i should know, as i am a marketing slug.

there is some truth in their statement ... a tighter tolerance on the clutch basket "teeth" or "fingers" will reduce the sound that the plates make, as the plates will not rattle as much. but ... is this better than standard tolerances on clutch basket teeth or fingers? i don't know.
 
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