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Wicked-Toy
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From: Richmond, VA USA
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posted 10-06-2003 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wicked-Toy   Click Here to Email Wicked-Toy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We just had the clutch replaced in my son's 87 GT. This was done a couple of weeks ago and he has been complaining that the pedal feels and grabs differently that before. He was home from school this weekend and I drove the car and it does engage in a different spot. Before the clutch engaged almost at the top of the pedal travel, now it engages almost at the floor. Is there a way to adjust for this or is he going to have to live with it.

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Scott Akom
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GTRocks
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posted 10-06-2003 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks   Click Here to Email GTRocks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Depends. If you have an aftermarket clutch cable and quadrant, you probably can. The stock cable and quadrant are not adjustable. The stock quadrant is plastic, and doesn't typically hold up to hard shifting for a long period of time. Most people will eventually swap it out for an aftermarket quadrant that is made of metal. These also typically come with an adjustable cable. The cable adjusts +/- about an inch and a half or so, and the adjustment is made at the clutch fork. You can pick up this kit at most any aftermarket dealer (Summit, NPD, etc.). They should set you back about $100 or a hair under.

Good luck!

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speedy
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From: Parkersburg WV M&M #277
Registered: Nov 99

posted 10-07-2003 02:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for speedy   Click Here to Email speedy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A new clutch will have a different feel and engage sooner due to the thickness of the clutch plates. As the clutch wears, it will engage later, getting closer to the top of the clutch pedal (more free travel). Dave is right,the stock clutch cable is non adj. BBK sells thier cable and aluminum quadrant for about $100, and is well worth the money.

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Wicked-Toy
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From: Richmond, VA USA
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posted 10-07-2003 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wicked-Toy   Click Here to Email Wicked-Toy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had already thought about the aftermarket stuff but was hoping there was something we could do with the factory stuff. Its a little hard to deal with right now as he is in Fayetteville NC in school and I am in Richmod. I guess he will have to cope for a little while until he is home for the the holidays unless someone else has any ideas.
Thanks for the replies.

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Scott Akom
65 Coupe (Modified)
68 Coupe (Son's)
2000 GT Conv. (Wifes)
1987 GT Conv. (Son's)
1966 Project Conv.[URL=http://www.geocities.com/motorcity/flats/3845/65dsde2.jpg
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Ryan Wilke
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From: Stanton, Michigan 49707
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posted 10-16-2003 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GTRocks:
...If you have an aftermarket clutch cable and quadrant, you probably can. The stock cable and quadrant are not adjustable. The stock quadrant is plastic, and doesn't typically hold up to hard shifting for a long period of time. Most people will eventually swap it out for an aftermarket quadrant that is made of metal. These also typically come with an adjustable cable. The cable adjusts +/- about an inch and a half or so, and the adjustment is made at the clutch fork.
Dave

Hey Guys,
Couldn't Scott switch to an earlier, setup - like out of an '85...weren't the earlier units have a metal quadrant and would rachet into adjustment?

Ryan

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GTRocks
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posted 10-16-2003 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks   Click Here to Email GTRocks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure. I thought they were all pretty much the same, but I'm not positive.

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