In Reply to: Clutchstop problem..1st/rev hard to engage posted by jason on February 07, 2000 at 11:03:29:
It could be that your clutch starts engaging earlier than most and therefore you don't have as much "dead travel". From the way you describe your situation, you don't need a clutch stop!
To make sure the clutch stop is adjusted properly, do the following:
Get the car on a level or very slight uphill slope. Adjust the clutch stop so that when in first gear the car will not move or creep forward when the clutch pedal is pushed all the way in. If it does, the clutch is making contact slightly with the flywheel and the clutch stop must be lowered (screwed-in) more. It would also make shifting into gear more difficult. If the car doesn't move forward, this will confirm to you the clutch is completely disengaged from the flywheel; the same as if the transmission was in neutral.
When it is adjusted properly, you should have 1" or so of "dead travel" (beyond disengagment) which is needed to satisfy the driver's mind that there is no friction between clutch and flywheel. There will also be absolutely no difference in the ability to shift gears when it is properly adjusted.
I have a UUC clutch stop on my '99 M3 and have a measurement of 1 5/8" between the washer and the top of the red cap. My clutch stop works great. Your clutch may just start catching sooner (lower) than most!
: I've had my uuc clutchstop installed for a week now and I love it. The problem is, 1st gear and reverse have been a lot more difficult to engage. (The clutchstop is in as far as it will go). I can correct the problem by forcing the clutch down to compress the rubber but I'd rather not.
: Any similar experiences? Advice?
: Thanks in advance.