Rabbit truck with 16V swap and 16V trans.
old clutch disk center started coming apart and a little chunk of the center metal was stuck between the disk and the flywheel.
Installed a South Bend Stage 2. this was a Sachs plate painted red and a better Sachs disk, new release plate, new release bearing, new clutch finger, new rod. I also changed to a better used clutch cable and rebushed the 16V pedal cluster with some dead ringer replacements from McMaster Carr cause the VW part is NLA.
With everything back together it is not right.
At rest, the clutch finger is about 1/2" away from the bearing surface - this is over 1/2 the total required travel taking up free play
Cable does not have enough adjustment to tighten up
Raising the lever to about 0900 position gets the slack out and I am compressing the plate with the pedal but I sure it is not far enough (run out of pedal travel)
truck is still on stands and I have not started it.
So in a moment of brilliance I decided to shim the throw out bearing to remove free play. I took another throw out bearing and ground off all the the plastic tube that faced the clutch and ended up with about a 5/8" stubby throw out bearing which I chucked in behind the existing bearing and replaced the finger and that took up the slack but it still does not feel right. I am resigned to pulling the trans again.
Does South Bend tweek the pressure plate which could possibly change the install distance of the release plate and move it closer to the crank, thus created more distance between the release plate and the Throwout Bearing?
What about the cable? I see some places like Rock Auto have different cables listed for late Scirocco 8V vs 16V Others like TT sell the same cable for either. Like the original clutch, the clutch cables are stuff I have have collected and I am not sure any of them came from a 16V.
Does it matter?
Thanks for any insight