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Clutch Stop

Warning: If you are not competent or do not feel comfortable doing any of these modifications or procedures, then please do not do so. I will not be held responsible for any damages caused by a result of your actions. Now on to the fun stuff!

A clutch stop limits how far the clutch can be depressed. Ever notice how there is a lot of dead movement after the clutch disengages? This will change that allowing for quicker and more precise shifting and clutch engagement and disengagement.

I created this by using a welder, so if you do not have access to one no point in continuing.

Materials:
Large washer with approximate 1 1/2" outer diameter
Bolt to fit original hole with 2-3" length
Plasti-dip

Tools needed:
Welder
Grinder
Screwdriver
Cut off tool *

Procedure:
First, you're going to want to remove the old clutch stop. So get that Philips screwdriver and get under the clutch pedal and start turning. The original stop is very small, so it shouldn't take much.

Now take that and head down to the hardware store to pick up a bolt that will match the threads on that one. Get a pretty long one, you can always cut it down later. Get a big washer too. If you can get one that has a internal diameter small enough so that the head of the bolt won't fit through it, get that. If not, you'll need two washers. Grab a can of Plasti-Dip while you're there too.

Now, you're going to want to weld the washer(s) to the head of the bolt. Make sure that you grind them down a bit to get rid of any galvanization. Once they're hooked together, fill in the holes on the top with a little more weld and grind it down smooth. Now clean it up good and try it out in the car.

Start off with it all the way screwed in, and then slowly bring it out until you get the desired amount of pedal movement. Then clean it up good with soap and water. Let it dry well and then cover the top with Plasti-Dip. Make sure you move slowly when dipping it or else you'll get poor coverage and bubbles.

Final:
I found that after a good bit of use, the Plasti-Dip was starting to wear off, but only at the top. The clutch arm was hitting the stop at the top only. So, I pulled it and redipped. Then bent the stop so that the arm would hit it in the center. Feels much better when it hits too, much more solid.

Update [04.17.02]: Here is a promised picture of the Clutch Stop in place.

Update [09.21.03]: After installing the ltw flywheel, I needed a longer clutch stop. So, I headed to the store and purchased a longer bolt along with a washer that was smaller than the head of the bolt. Ground down the head a bit to fit and welded it in. My can of plasti-dip was hard as a rock, so I took a piece of rubber I had and secured it to the top of the clutch stop. I like it much better as far as feel because it has a nice soft stopping action with no noise. The plasti-dip cover stop made a slight noise when the pedal contacted it. It just doesn't look quite as slick as the plasti-dip covered stop. Maybe I'll try and find some black plasti-dip and cover the rubber and the washer. That would look nice.


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