Officially got 20 miles on the new clutch. The clutch is a little more sensitive than my old one, which I like and don't like. I like the higher sensitivity, but I don't like how much easier it is to stall. The biting point and pedal free play are to my liking though. I've noticed this gear shifter is a little more forward than the push button was. Took a couple miles to get used to. Also, I can't rest my hand on the handbrake as easily, since the 4WD shifter is kinda in the way. Speaking of which, haven't engaged the 4WD yet besides my test runs when the car was in the air, but I'll get to that soon. Might hit some light trails this weekend. Oh, one thing I love, is when I push in the clutch, the RPMs fall slower than before. With my push button, I would go to change gears, and the RPMs would fall so fast that they'd be under the revs of the next gear. If that makes sense... Other than that, haven't noticed much else with the transmission. It shifts nicely, although I feel like the gears are a little "looser" than my push button was. Not loose enough to really complain though.
Noticed some other things though. For one, no matter what climate control setting it's on (like defog), the air blows out the vents. I'm thinking this has something to do with me accidentally breaking the valve on the white canister near the passenger side firewall. I was prying the transmission, and I heard a distinct crack. Look over, and the white thing was cracked. Add that to the "things to pull at the junkyard" list. I also knocked my passenger side fender mirror loose, so gotta tighten that. By the way, doing this with fender mirrors was a pain! Otherwise, the only thing was the exhaust, which I now LOVE. When cruising, idling, or coasting in neutral, the engine is nice and quiet. When coasting in gear, it sounds like a truck's jake brake. When accelerating, I can hear that EA82, which is great! Drove through "downtown" and heard some guys yell "Yeah!!" as I drove past. I like being noticed, haha.
Lol glad I could help. and just a little fyi, you loosen the cable as the clutch wears.
I've never heard anything about breaking in a clutch, but I am also not a professional mechanic.
CONGRATS on your first major repair, in my opinion a tranny swap is probably the hardest thing to do on these
Loosen the cable? Hmm, must be different than an EA81. I used to tighten it on my old GL. Oh well, hopefully I won't have to adjust it for a while. But that's a good note for the future.
I haven't read anything about breaking in a clutch here on the USMB, but I have with other cars on other sites. Either way, I'm going to avoid situations that are hard on the clutch (like steep hills and hard offroading), at least for the first few hundred miles. I think freeway driving should be fine though. I'm also gonna keep it under 4000 RPM for the first few hundred miles. As far as I'm concerned, it's not gonna hurt the clutch to baby it.
Thanks! I think the tranny swap isn't that bad, depending on how you do it. The way I did it, definitely was difficult. Removing the engine would probably make it easier. All in all, it wasn't too bad. Just wish it didn't take me five days to finish. Next time I'll know what to do.
Edited by jj421, 13 March 2013 - 12:55 AM.