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Old 02-24-2012, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by OLNOLAN
Man its aggravating when you buy the good stuff and it will not go together right. If you haven't already figured it out, here are some measures to help correct it. First, I'd bench cycle the starter a bunch of times with a battery to make sure the drive is sucking back in all the way. Second, some of the mini starters come with two sets of shims in case of bad stack up tolerances. As previously mentioned don't forget that if you shim the housing back you have to shim the drive back by an equal amount. Here's a starter sold with two sets of shims;

You may have to shim the starter and the flywheel with a flywheel shim like this;

Here are some instuction sheets that indicate .100" (+/- .040") so it may be as close as .060" clearance;

Hope this helps you out, thats a badboy flywheel you've got. If you think this is a pain, wait until you get to the clutch engage/disengage part. Out of curiousity,what kind of clutch are you using?

Thanks for the help Nolan, I am planning to run the stock (used) LT1 T56 style (valeo pull type) clutch that come with the tranny. Also stock slave and a 3/4 bore master cylinder.

I am planning to have the flywheel and clutch balanced together, just need to find a place local that will do it for me.

Do you guys think I should resurface that pressure plate or just buff it off with some steel wool? The guy I bought if from said the clutch was almost new. I'll definitely run some brake cleaner over it to get all the oil off during final assembly.

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