Targa Miata
April 21, 2011 - The release bearing needs to be set up with the correct clearance.
To do this, I installed the bellhousing without the bearing and measured the distance from the mounting surface to the fingers on the pressure plate. Then I pulled the bellhousing off again, installed the release bearing in the housing and made the same measurement. Using some teflon spacers, I set up the bearing with 0.100" clearance to the fingers. Voila! Time to move on.
entry 809 - tags: conversion, clutch, release bearing
August 22, 2013 - Remember my clutch problem at Laguna Seca?
Yes, it was way back in April. Well, here's the culprit. There was gunk in the system, clogging up little tiny passages. Since this was a brand new system when it was installed, it's amazing how much has accumulated. So this will become a regular maintenance item on the car in the future.
I cleaned out the reservoir and flushed the system out with brake cleaner. Nice and clean now.
entry 1090 - tags: clutch