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Date: 20 Sep 2004 21:26:43 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: 99/c900 Clutch Spacer Tool?

On Mon, 20 Sep 2004 22:04:22 +0100, Grunff <> wrote: > Dave Hinz wrote: > >> Casing? Do you mean behind the throw-out bearing, or somewhere else? >> I have the part on order already, it's only 20 bucks... > > Picture the throwout bearing touching the spring fingers. Follow one of > the fingers outwards, towards the circumference of the flywheel. At some > point, the spring finger will be resting on the thing I'm referring to > as the casing. It's all one piece, part of the spring assembly, but it's > that bit of it that I'm talking about. The hole, diameter 4-5". Got it. Will check seconds after arriving home tonight. I wish I had posted the disassembly photos already, that'd make this all easier. Sadly, my network feed is down at the moment (oak tree - line of sight wireless to a T1 at the neighbor - taller tower on the way - you know, the usual...) so I can't even connect up to my system at home and grab the pics. Ah well. >> Looked like a good sized gap in there, with no feet on the pedal >> at the time, between the fingers and the, housing? of the clutch >> pressure plate. So if it's a "big" or "little", I'd say this one >> is "big". > > Sounds like it. Either way, 20 bucks isn't wasted money for a tool that saves that much hassle. Should have bought one for my c900 when that clutch went at only 200,000 miles. >> I know the clutch was redone in the 1980s, because I redid it. > Right. AFAIK the two types of springs are interchangeable. Anything to check for while I have it out? It's been sitting for maybe 10 years, a bit of surface rust I'll clean up (you should see the rotors...or maybe not) but I plan to reuse nearly everything. >> If I have a small gap and the tool is >> for large, do you have suggestions of what to use? > > Yes, some thick wire with an outside diameter of 3-4mm works well. We > use it for domestic wiring in the UK. You must have something similar. Sounds like #6 or #4. I live across the road from an electrician who is also an old car enthusiast, so this should be a good source. >> I'll check as soon as I understand where I'd see notches? > > Ok, back to my description. Where the spring fingers rest on the edge of > that 4-5" hole in the middle of the spring, some wprings instead of > having a smooth hole, have little teeth sticking out of the hole > circumference. Does that make any sense? From my visual memory (which is pretty reliable), the fingers aren't anywhere near resting on that surface right now. The throwout bearing is touching the spring fingers hard enough that I can't turn it by hand. Not sure if this means it's still applying pressure or not, but those fingers are constrained in forward motion by the bearing right now, not by the ring. (thinks)... If that's the clutch disk I put in, which I expect it is, it was brand new and therefore thick. (pivot - thick - lever ) so, it seems to me that that gap will be largest when the clutch disk is thickest. So, I think that works for me in this case. Anything I'm going to run into that won't be obvious to me knowing the '88 900T? Dave

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