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    Thread: Quick Clutch Take-Up Question

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      05-03-2012 11:53 AM #1
      Took Nimbus out last night for a shake-down cruise (weather was waaaay too nice to stay home) and other than a bit of smoking on trailing throttle (valve guide seals??), I noticed that the clutch engages when the pedal is almost at the top of the stroke. I'd like it to operate a little closer to the floor, as a personal preference. Is there a quick adjustment that can be done?

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      05-03-2012 12:04 PM #2
      Mine's the same way. I'm in for suggestions too.

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      05-03-2012 12:51 PM #3
      And mine is just the opposite, too low. Someone let us in on the adjustment secret.
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      05-03-2012 02:06 PM #4
      Assuming you're talking about the standard manual tranny clutch cable.....

      Look where the cable attaches to the tranny.
      You will see a nut on a threaded rod, built into the clutch cable.
      You will see a round cable adjuster sitting on a tranny plate, with rubber under it.
      Loosen the nut..i think its a 14mm.
      Spin the(generally white) adjuster to screw IN the threaded rod into the cable housing.
      This loosens the cable.

      Turning the adjuster so the threaded rod comes OUT of the cable housing tightens the cable.

      It doesn't take much.

      See if the pedal is to your liking. Adjust more if not enough.
      When you're happy, re-tighten the nut on the threaded rod so things don't move on their own.
      Enjoy your ride.
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      05-03-2012 02:13 PM #5
      If I loosen my cable any more, I'll be out of spec on freeplay. Won't my clutch pedal be all floppy, but still engage/disengage right at the top?
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      05-03-2012 02:29 PM #6
      All this adjustment does is give more or less freeplay(distance the pedal can move without actually pulling tight on the clutch) into the pedal. If your clutch itself is worn so far down that you can't adjust the cable for happiness and still have the clutch work right...well....theres only so much a cable can do.

      On the other hand, if you feel clutch pressure as soon as you press the pedal, this will allow you to move that pressure point more to the floor of the car..or vice versa. Pedal will have more/less room to move before you feel serious pressure.

      I will also warn about having the cable too loose. I've fixed a cable for a friend, where it was so loose, it popped off the clutch pedal hook inside the car. Not a good thing to have happen.
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      05-03-2012 02:52 PM #7
      I'll leave it within specs then... I would just chalk it up to my clutch, pp, and flywheel combination, but I know people with stock stuff that acts the same way. Maybe different brands are what cause the differences?
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      05-03-2012 03:00 PM #8
      Is this a "from the top" or "from the bottom" adjustment?

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      05-03-2012 04:31 PM #9
      it just allows slack in the cable...exactly like a bicycle hand brake adjuster works. Where that slack goes is usually on the pedal end.

      The adjuster is on the tranny end of the cable...not the pedal end.

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      05-04-2012 01:32 AM #10
      no no no guys......you cant adjust the cable like that....

      the manual adjust cables need to be tight on the throw out release arm or else you can break the cable or the cable will come of the release arm

      the idea behind this is that the pedal SHOULD be tight at the top and not floppy

      however if your pedal and cable are tight but the clutch engages at the floor then that means your friction plate is worn out or your flywheel is worn out

      its not about making it comfortable for you, its about doing it according to the correct spec

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      05-04-2012 08:03 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by rabbitnothopper View Post
      no no no guys......you cant adjust the cable like that....

      the manual adjust cables need to be tight on the throw out release arm or else you can break the cable or the cable will come of the release arm

      the idea behind this is that the pedal SHOULD be tight at the top and not floppy

      however if your pedal and cable are tight but the clutch engages at the floor then that means your friction plate is worn out or your flywheel is worn out

      its not about making it comfortable for you, its about doing it according to the correct spec

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      05-04-2012 08:21 AM #12
      From BrokeVw.coms site..... http://brokevw.com/releasearm.html

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