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October 26, 2020, 04:54:59 AM

Gear box clutch shaft movement

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this user is offline Sam101

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on: October 12, 2020, 05:52:01 PM
Evening all , a few weeks ago I stripped the engine off and rear axle / gear box . The engine came off easily , no excessive force needed .

The shaft that comes from the gear box to the clutch has movement in it . Probably about 5mm sideways / up down etc . No in and out .

Is this meant to be or is it a new bearing job ?

I don’t intend to do a full strip and was hoping not to have to open it , but if needs must .

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Reply #1 on: October 12, 2020, 06:05:52 PM
Also , as a side note , can anyone recommend anyone who does a full rebuild , as I have  another AB swing axle box stripped ready for a rebuild , but it’s waaaay out of my league .

I am down south west but happy to ship it for a quality job .

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Reply #2 on: October 12, 2020, 08:05:21 PM
It'll be fine, the nose of the input shaft is supported by the pilot bearing in the flywheel bolt. A little play is normal.
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Reply #3 on: October 12, 2020, 09:24:38 PM
Thanks for that ManxDavid , this whole level of mechanics is new so was always let to believe that shafts should be rigid / no play or movement .

I will continue as planned then.

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Reply #4 on: October 12, 2020, 09:32:02 PM
As David says the first motion shaft sits in spigot bearing in flywheel nut so when it's all bolted up there will be no play  ;-)up
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Reply #5 on: October 13, 2020, 08:02:29 AM
for arebuild on a box Bear Motorsport up by the NEC.


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Reply #6 on: October 13, 2020, 08:10:22 AM
for a rebuild on a box Bear Motorsport up by the NEC.

I bought a brand new "Rancho" box from Heritage for a fraction of the price that "Bears" quoted me to repair my old one - Shop around  ;)

But as others have said, that shaft is supported at the front by an inner bush, so wouldn't panic just yet
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Reply #7 on: October 13, 2020, 08:39:25 AM
If it was quiet, changed nicely and didn't jump out of gear then it's fine.
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