23 October 2009

my clutch blew up

it finally happened, my off balance clutch fell apart. I pulled apart my car in about an hour (yes, motor sitting on the floor!). The clutch rattled when I spun it like a box of watch parts. The little shock bushings on the clutch disk all fell out. I've been thinking I want to go clutchless for a while, so this gave me the chance. I picked up $5 worth of steel (I previously designed a new coupler).

I turned a tube to accept the splined tube taken off the old clutch disk, then using my nifty lawn tractor I welded my new coupler together.

It runs much better now! There seems to be a small vibration still, but hardly noticeable. I should have done this long ago. I can drive up to about 40MPH in 2nd gear at 4.5kRPM, so that one gear fits my whole commute. If I need more torque I can go up to 3rd (some of the hills kinda need it if I dont get a good running start).