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Old 09-01-2014, 02:20 PM   #1
EVOL1Z3
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Unhappy Did Spec send me the wrong clutch??

So the backstory. I bought an 02 wrx with 118k miles on it. I got it super cheap because it had an oil leak from the valve cover gasket. I pulled the motor to replace the gaskets and clean it up. I wound up replacing the headgaskets along with all the other gaskets and put it all back together. While i had the motor pulled I went ahead and decided to replace the clutch and flywheel. I ordered the act lightened flywheel and a spec stage 1 clutch. When i recieved the clutch and flywheel I double checked the parts numbers to ensure they were correct. I went by the part numbers on the outside of the boxes and they matched for an 02 WRX. Well today I got everything reinstalled and ready to start. The car started fine but I was getting a weird noise from the tranny. I pushed in the clutch and it sounded like world war 3 inside my tranny. I thought the clutch fork may not have been engaged so I pulled the TMIC and pulled the boot around the fork out of the way to look in the motor. I had my girlfriend push in the clutch and could see the fork moving and the clutch fingers being pulled towards the rear of the car...all good. I then tried to run through the gears without the car running and it went into every gear fine. I started it again and had the same horrbile noise when i pushed in the clutch with a minor "ticking" coming from the tranny with our pressing on the clutch at idle. I then peeked through the boot again and to my horror saw that the clutch was actually making contact with the transmission. The part i could see making contact was right where the support is for the bar that goes through the clutch fork. It was enough contact to remove the paint from the parts of the clutch that were hitting it and scored the metal of the clutch. So what I am thingking is either act or spec sent me the wrong part that had been boxed in the incorrect box since the part number on the boxes were correct. Or did i do something horribly wrong to cause this.....I am confident I didnt but just wondering if anyone else has experienced this issue with a clutch or if anyone has ever had the wrong clutch/flywheel sent to them. Thank you for your time sorry for the long post just wanted to provide all the info.
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Old 09-01-2014, 02:55 PM   #2
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or could it be that the act flywheel just wont work with the spec clutch?
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Old 09-01-2014, 03:17 PM   #3
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Try re adjusting your clutch rod, its right above your gas pedal. Adjust it in so it doesnt pull the fork back so far. Ive seen only a handful of cars do that and usually you can adjust the fork and it works fine.
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Old 09-01-2014, 03:23 PM   #4
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ok I will try adjusting it man thanks for the response. I dont know if this will work though as I am pretty sure it is making contact with the clutch pedal not depressed as well there is a slight ticking come from the transmission that sounds like it is making contact. One of my friends suggest they may have accidentally put a 6 speed clutch in the box as they are slightly larger....I have no idea if this is true or not I
need to do more research. Thanks again
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Old 09-01-2014, 03:42 PM   #5
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Nope I just tried adjusting the clutch rod and it did do anything to alleviate the issue. thanks though I truly believe it is the wrong clutch that is the only reason i can think of for it to hit the inside of the bell housing area.
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