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Old 03-20-2015, 01:18 PM   #1
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TOB destroyed, NEW CLUTCH! Got a ??

So last week my TOB went out on me, destroyed to pieces..it was a spec 1 kit, installed about 50k miles ago. Well I decided to replace everything down there, clutch, TOB, pressure plate, NEW flywheel, pilot bearing, clutch fork, and pivot arm..I went with a LUK clutch and I gotta say much, much better than the spec 1. Now after the install the clutch was CRAZYYY soft, so soft it felt hydraulic, after a few days and a few hundred miles it began to stiffin up, almost like my spec 1 was but not quite as stiff. Is it normal for a clutch to stiffen up through the break in period? The clutch grabs GREAT, but does seem a bit high up on the pedal travel, I think i was just so used to my old clutch grabbing pretty much 1/2 inch off of the floor.

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As long as the TOB is letting off far enough for the clutch to disengage completely, id say you golden! I wonder if the stiffening feeling is just you getting used to how soft it feels, and not being surprised by its softness anymore. I could be wrong though
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As long as the TOB is letting off far enough for the clutch to disengage completely, id say you golden! I wonder if the stiffening feeling is just you getting used to how soft it feels, and not being surprised by its softness anymore. I could be wrong though
Nooo noo, it DEFINETLY stiffened up. The thing was CRAZY soft, I mean really really soft lol

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The more I think about it, they could have greased up the clutch fork swivel ball (not sure of the exact name of it) . I'd imagine that would make it seem super soft until the grease wore off? Just wondering..I've also heard to not judge a clutch on its softness/stiffness/grabbing power until AFTER the clutch break in, it probably starting stiffening up around 200ish miles of all city driving.

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Idk lol. Im about to do my first new clutch here in a month so I dont have experience with it.
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Placebo possibly? I noticed when I did my clutch that it was stiff initially, then as it broke in it softened up a little, I assumed this was from pressure plate breaking in some

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They break in for around 500 miles. You should be going easy on it and doing a lot of stop/go for that time period, then go nuts.

Just make sure your cable is properly adjusted and is an OEM cable and you should be good to go. LUK is one of the "big 3" OEM clutch makers. SPEC also has a really bad hit/miss reputation for quality as well, I would personally not buy a SPEC part after all the horror stories. The Exedy stuff is also real good but, from my experience, pretty much nothing beats McCleod.
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They break in for around 500 miles. You should be going easy on it and doing a lot of stop/go for that time period, then go nuts.

Just make sure your cable is properly adjusted and is an OEM cable and you should be good to go. LUK is one of the "big 3" OEM clutch makers. SPEC also has a really bad hit/miss reputation for quality as well, I would personally not buy a SPEC part after all the horror stories. The Exedy stuff is also real good but, from my experience, pretty much nothing beats McCleod.
Thanks Scotty! Hit 500 miles 2 days ago, opened her up a bit but still taking it a bit easy...from your experience, have you ever found that with the first few days of a new clutch the pedal effort is super soft, and over the break in period it begins to stiffen up a bit?

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Not really... But if it feels good now then I dunno. That is very odd. How old is your cable, is it oem, and do you have the original quadrant?

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