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Old 08-17-2007, 03:32 AM   #1
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Default 5mt swap, 97 Legacy, clutch questions

Hey guys,

I just finished up with my transmission swap, and have a couple of questions as I'm not very familiar with hydraulic clutch setups...

I installed WRX pedals, which fit right in for the most part. The pedal is not coming back up after the clutch engages. Is this a bad master/slave cylinder? All of the hydraulic parts are used. The clutch engages very quickly at the bottom of the stroke. I let the pedal up from the floor maybe 10-20% and the clutch is fully engaged... This seems wrong based on all the other manuals I've driven.

Also - there's a 'clutch dampener'. Should I replace this as well if I'm already replacing the master & slave cylinders? Can this be eliminated completely? What effect does removing this have?

Has anyone used a SS braided clutch cable on these cars? Does it help clutch feel at all? Where can these be purchased? Feedback???

Thanks a ton!
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Old 08-17-2007, 08:48 PM   #2
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If it is catching so low, I would recommend bleeding the system some more. I have a hydraulic clutch in my car, and it catches really high on the stroke, which I have come to like.

The dampener doesn't have to be there. I removed mine for simplicity's sake when I did my 5mt swap (what does this part do? I dunno, so I probably don't need it.... ). I never drove my car with it installed, so I have no clue what removing it does.

I also went with a braided SS line when I swapped, as well. Had it on my car since the swap, so again, dunno what it does for feel. They can be purchased from various vendors. If you're using the WRX setup, then they are readily available. The lines weren't available for mine, though, so I went with a goodridge AN-3 line and the appropriate fittings for my application (mostly ordered from pegasusautoracing.com).
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