07-02-2016, 12:02 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Total Cats: 24
Destroyed two throwout bearings in 100 miles, what gives? Supermiata clutch
I'll try and give the cliffs notes of my situation
-Had a FM turbo B6 in my 1990. Threw a Supermiata organic 1.6 clutch in it with stock flywheel. Drove it for ~10,000 miles. No issues.
-Swapped B6 with BP6D & 6speed. Moved stock 1.6 flywheel and Supermiata clutch into new setup. Beat on it for 1500 miles with no issue
-On road trip to Glacier National Park, about 1000 miles into the trip, the gears become hard to engage. Clutch pedal becomes "gritty" and there is quite a bit of vibration transmitted during clutch-in. Attempting to shift into gear with the engine on makes the car move (while not entirely being in gear) We replace the master and slave & bleed. Issue persists.
-Limp car to dealership in one gear, they find the throwout bearing is lunched and swap it out.
-Car drives fine for 100 miles before the symptoms come back. Dealership finds another destroyed throwout bearing.
-Replace entire setup with Exedy 61-0122. Drive car 900 miles today with no issues. Clutch feels perfect. No adjustment was done aside from the clutch install.
I took a look at the parts that were pulled out and nothing is visibly wrong with the Supermiata clutch parts save that some of the springs appear to be loose. The only other observation I have regarding what happened is that there is quite a bit less rattle on decel after the Exedy was put in.