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Old 12th August 2022
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So I am about wrapping up on the transmission job.. I am now putting back on the clutch's pressure plate. I (believe) that you measure from the inside shoulder of the "pressure plate" to the "outer drive plate" .... my book, a clymber, says that '74 and later are different.. however, it does NOT say what the distance is supposed to be. I should NOT tighten all-the-way to the spacers, correct?
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My FSM only goes up to 78. Standard spacers are 1.530 and 1/8" is the proper clearance. I would just tighten down the nuts and measure to be sure it's on the spot.
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Ok, so I was actually told "at least 1/8 before reading.. at 1/8 and an additional 1/16, I am all the way tightened (down to spacers) I let all the tension from the "clutch spring tension tool" as, I am fairly sure that you would not want any tension on the pressure plate (when tightening the 6 nuts to gauge the pressure asserted on the springs).
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You tighten down just till the nuts start to snug up when the plate touches the spacers
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Ez to crush the spacers, so be gentle.
Use a nut driver so you don't overtighten.

Use new nylock nuts.
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Well again fearing that I screwed up once more as I had already kinda "snugged" up a little too well. I checked the spacers and they don't look distorted or crushed.. I did just come back from ace hardware in taking Ryder Rick's advice and got some new nylons.. I was just going to use high-strength honda lock. But anyways... back too work!!! Thanks amigos!
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