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This is a discussion on new clutch within the Manual Transmission forums, part of the Drivetrain category; I had a spec 2 clutch put in last night. Stiff as hell, but I can definitely tell that there's ...

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    I had a spec 2 clutch put in last night. Stiff as hell, but I can definitely tell that there's no slipping with this clutch.

    It seems to be a real pain to get it into reverse as it seems that it really has to really be all the way to the floor for the clutch to disengage. Is this something that can be adjusted?

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    Please, don't everyone answer at once... LOL

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    did you install the shim behind the slave? if so, it'd probably be a good time to upgrade your master cylinder if you haven't already. there are a few adjustable ones out there like the one from RAM which works great. or you could make your stock one adjustable with some stuff from the hardware store. i'll try to find the writeup. that would probably take care of it. then you could do the drill mod too if you haven't already done it. and i'm assuming you already bled the clutch too?

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    If you are having trouble getting it into gear at a complete stop, the clutch isn't fully disengaging.

    There is no adjustment on the stock hydraulics, because with the stock clutch setup it is all set up from the factory to be in adjustment. Throwing an aftermarket clutch into the mix can really throw things out of spec.

    As Furiousgeorge said, it sounds like you may need to add the shim behind the slave in order to get fully disengagement. The Spec clutch assembly may be thinner than the stock setup, hence your issue.

    Did you have the flywheel machined, or is it brand new?

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    They did bleed it when they replaced it. They used the shims as well. I doubt I'll switch out the master. It should be fine. If I have to have it out again, I'll do the drill mod. It's not as stiff as it was at first (or I've gotten used to it - or a combination of both). I really do have to have the clutch at the floor to get to reverse though.

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    Flywheel was machined (only time that has been done). They said it was fine and it didn't need to be cut very much at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMilhouse View Post
    Flywheel was machined (only time that has been done). They said it was fine and it didn't need to be cut very much at all.
    Any idea how much they took off?? With the slave shim you shouldn't be having engagement issues, the clutch should engage about halfway up, not off the floor. If it keeps engaging off the floor, you may have to invest in an adjustable master to compenstate.

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    i'm with wesman, it'd be alright if it was a hair thinner than stock but if it was an old flywheel that was already worn down a bit then they took more off, it might be too thin. also, did you change out your slave cylinder? i've had a very slight leak in a slave cylinder before which caused me to wreck my last clutch. didn't even leak enough to notice really. but it was having the same characteristics as what you're having.

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    oh yeah, do you have LT headers? cause i'm pretty sure that's what caused my slave to burn out. if you have them and haven't put a high temp hose around your clutch hydro line going to the slave, it's a good idea too.

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    stock headers.

    The master and slave were replaced under warranty a few years ago. Either could have gone bad I'm sure.

    As for how much specifically was taken off, I don't know, he said it barely needed it.

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    It's a SPEC clutch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INMY01TA View Post
    It's a SPEC clutch.
    What is that supposed to mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMilhouse View Post
    What is that supposed to mean?
    Their reputation is spotty at best.

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