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Anyone tried or heard of this being done before on another car?


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I originally posted this in the NICO forum, but I figured I'd get more views here:

You can easily adjust the clutch of a G35 sport coupe. I've done it twice on my cousin's black on black G.

I've done it to my WRX as well, as it came from the factory with overly high clutch travel and engagement.

If you look underneath the footwell, you'll see that the clutch is attached to a metal fork, held in place with a rod with a hole drilled in it and a cotter pin (looks like a bobby pin). Take out the pin with a set of pliers, then remove the rod.

This is the hardest part: you need to get the metal fork out of the confines of the clutch pedal. The method that worked best for me is to pull up on the clutch pedal while simultaneously pushing down on the clutch fork, then moving the fork to the side of the clutch pedal. This is the most aggrevating and time consuming part of the whole process. Don't be surprised if this part makes you curse and spew expletives about the engineers that designed this part.

After that part is done (whew), use a 10mm wrench to loosen the nut behind the fork.

To adjust engagement and travel:

turn fork CLOCKWISE ---> for lower engagement and shorter travel
turn fork COUNTERCLOCKWISE--> for higher engagement and longer travel

I had to adjust a total of 4 whole clockwise turns for my cousin's car. (I suggest trying 2 clockwise turns, then seeing how the car feels. If you want it lower, just repeat the process.)

After you adjust the metal fork, it's time to put everything back together. Tighten the nut behind the fork, then shimmy the fork back into place around the clutch pedal. Re-install the rod and the cotter pin, and take it for a spin.

When I took my cousin's car out for the first time, I felt like I was driving a truck with its looooong clutch travel. After the adjustments, it now feels like the proper sporting car that it is.

I hope this helped you guys out there. Feel free to ask me questions about it... and if you guys were REALLY helped out by this mod, you can paypal me a dollar at [email protected] . I'm a poor student, so anything will help

BTW: Like all other mods, YMMV. You do anything to your car at YOUR OWN RISK. I'm just trying to help a brotha' out

-Bob

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http://www.my350z.com/forum/showthread.php?t=128253

http://www.my350z.com/forum/showthread.php...ighlight=clutch
 

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I don't think our clutch assembly is the same!
 

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I'd be careful with this.. adjust it too far and the clutch may not engage fully. That could wear it out quickly.

Just sit a bit further back in your seat. The gas and brake are a lot closer to reach than the clutch is, but if you slide the seat back a click, everything (read:clutch engagement point) lines up better.
 

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Originally posted by nizmo pete+Jun 20 2005, 02:17 PM-->
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I don't think our clutch assembly is the same!
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Should be identical
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So when I asked you last year if you could lower the clutch and you said no....you were wrong?

:poke:
 

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i did this last night.. It is really easy actually. Mine used a 12mm nut instead of the stated 10mm. Dont worry about taking the fork out, just loosen the nut and spin the shaft.
 

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Originally posted by zuffy+Jun 20 2005, 01:49 AM-->
Originally posted by nizmo [email protected] 20 2005, 02:17 PM
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@Jun 19 2005, 08:22 PM
I don't think our clutch assembly is the same!
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Should be identical
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So when I asked you last year if you could lower the clutch and you said no....you were wrong?

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The normal place to adjust a clutch is on the small rod that fits between the clutch slave cylinder & the clutch accuating fork. The 350Z does not have an adjustment here.
I have not adjusted the rod from the clutch pedal to the clutch master cylinder as this is not a rod that useually adjusted.
It can be adjusted so I guees I'm wrong but its not an adjustment that I would recommend for the reasons that Jetpilot has pointed out.
If any of you do adjust this rod, be carefull & dont wind it in too much
 

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Originally posted by mchapman@Jun 20 2005, 05:12 PM
How did you find it? Any different?
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what do you mean? i found it by looking behind the clutch pedal..

I like it so much more! The pedal is closer to the floor and doesnt have that crappy ford f150 clutch feel anymore.
 

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Originally posted by TOYKILLA+Jun 21 2005, 06:16 AM-->
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How did you find it? Any different?
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what do you mean? i found it by looking behind the clutch pedal..

I like it so much more! The pedal is closer to the floor and doesnt have that crappy ford f150 clutch feel anymore.
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Were you being serious when you asked what I meant? I meant how did you find the car after you made the adjustment? ie what kind of a difference did it make?

But obviously you've already answered my question in your next sentence. :)

Good to hear you liked it, im doing it.
 

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Australians & Americans are both English speaking, but the last two posts are very good examples of the confusion that can arise.
About 10 years ago I had the privilege to visit the Gabriel Shock Absorber factory in Polaski Tennessee.
I had great difficuty in being understood when I spoke & had to repeat just about every sentence I spoke.
That evening I mentioned this to one of the senior executives of Gabriel who was from LA that we had been suprised at the communication problem. He asked me to give an example & I started to tell him of the problem with the "Bloke in the Lift", He looked at me & said don't you mean, "Man in the Elevator" .
 

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I did this mod this morning, there's only one way to describe it, it's fucken awesome! I don't have to use my knee any longer to move the clutch, since it's now a bit lower then the brake and it grubs very close to the floor. My shifts are a lot quicker now as well.

Few notes and differences, you'll need to remove a computer (I think it's VDC), it uses 10mm nuts. The wrench you need to loosen the nut is 12mm, not 10mm. There's very little room to maneuver, you'll need needle nose pliers to rotate the shaft. I turned mine 2 and half turns. Also there's another sensor/nut in front of the clutch, you'll need to undo that with 14mm wrench and screw it in so it touches the clutch, make sure you don't twist the cables while doing so. If you have the service manual then on page 5 of cl.pdf it's called the ASCD Cancel SW and Locknut B.

By the way, if you have very wide shoulders, good luck doing this mod, there's very little space to work in. :)
 

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I didnt have to remove the VDC computer? I just loosened the 12mm nut and spun the shaft with my fingers. Then retightened the nut.
 

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That's because left and right hand drive cars have their differences :)
 

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Yeh saw the VDC was in the way myself and i'll left it for another day.
 

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Originally posted by Nuff@Jul 3 2005, 03:14 AM
I did this mod this morning, there's only one way to describe it, it's fucken awesome! I don't have to use my knee any longer to move the clutch, since it's now a bit lower then the brake and it grubs very close to the floor. My shifts are a lot quicker now as well.

Few notes and differences, you'll need to remove a computer (I think it's VDC), it uses 10mm nuts. The wrench you need to loosen the nut is 12mm, not 10mm. There's very little room to maneuver, you'll need needle nose pliers to rotate the shaft. I turned mine 2 and half turns. Also there's another sensor/nut in front of the clutch, you'll need to undo that with 14mm wrench and screw it in so it touches the clutch, make sure you don't twist the cables while doing so. If you have the service manual then on page 5 of cl.pdf it's called the ASCD Cancel SW and Locknut B.

By the way, if you have very wide shoulders, good luck doing this mod, there's very little space to work in. :)
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Nice work!

Only just saw your post, fucken awesome!

I HATE having to use my knee to let the clutch all the way out.

Im doing it!
 

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By the way, just be careful how much you lower your clutch, I did 2 turns at first, tested it and I've decided that I can lower it half a turn. Also make sure when you are turning the rod, screw it into the fork. I also didn't have to remove the fork and I could only get one hand in there.
 
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