Quite a few local car guys referred me to Tennessee Clutch in Nashville TN so I headed out that way this weekend to see what they could do for me.
New ring gear, resurfaced flywheel, dual friction clutch disc, checked and resurfaced pressure plate, throwout bearing, pilot bearing and tossed in a T-shirt just because! All together I walked out the door paying less than I would for a new clutch alone. Awesome little place, extremely helpful guys and very hospitable. *I thought it would take em a couple days but they asked if I was willing to wait on it and I said SURE! *Jumped right on it and got it all done quick while I watched The World Is Not Enough lol. *They said to try this dual friction setup and if it doesnt work, pull it out and they will swap the organic side out and try that. *They said if I decided to turn the power up even more down the road (prolly wont be much room for me to do that but still) they could build a 6 puck disc. *I will be sending business out their way from here on for sure.
Got the flywheel in...then took it back out because I forgot the block plate. *Then put it back in correctly. *I HAD sealed the flywheel bolts when I installed it on the fresh motor*so my suspicions that I hadnt were unfounded...well not unfounded (me and mistakes go hand in hand) but I at least feel better than I had done it right previously. *
Cleaned the surface with some brake cleaner as well as the pressure plate surface, made sure the organic side was to the pressure plate and then intalled the clutch.
Im quite sore this morning from all this. *Mostly from trying to hammer out the old pilot bearing. *I used the newspaper trick and it took forever but finally it came out and the new one was installed. *I also took the bellhousing off the trans and checked to make sure the adapter was still tight, which it was, and that everything else was happy. *The steel bearing retainer has no gouges or wear that you can feel, its very smooth and the input shaft has no in or out play so Im gonna leave it. *I noticed that the new throwout bearing slides on it like glass where the old one hangs up and is choppy feeling. *That was the feeling I was having in the pedal so Im calling that the problem all along. *Im ordering a new clutch fork as the clip holding it into the bell appears to have snapped at some point in time and was welded back up and poorly at that. *Wasnt me, I may have got it that way not sure. *Im also gonna start ordering the hydraulic parts and will probably leave the trans out to make fabbing the bracket for the slave easier.