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    Clutch, bodge or cure?

    For months now I have suffered a soggy clutch which needed a full push to the floorboards to disengage. Gearchanges have been baulky, and reverse often does a nice crunch.

    I tried all the usual tricks to bleed the hydraulics, but it was still rubbish.

    Not anymore. I just fitted a smaller bore slave cylinder, Dolly Sprint type, and it is brilliant, much better than I expected. The clutch now disengages about half way, and gearchanges are much improved.

    I would have fitted it sooner but I was advised by an expert that it was a bodge. Well I dont care, its the best bodge I could have done.

    #2
    Still a bodge

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      #3
      Hi Chris,

      Did you try moving the push rod up onto the top hole out of interest?
      This is what made mine work albeit on a brand new clutch.

      In any case, provided the Sprint item works and the clutch has bite in it it seems like a good bodge, anything that means you don't have dissmantle the exhaust to take the box out to me is a good move!

      Cheers!
      Mike

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        #4
        Hi Mike
        Yes I did try that at some stage, but it didnt really help much. I didnt try it again though, becuase I prefer to have the push rod as straight as possible to avoid side loading. Probably being too fussy about that though.

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          #5
          Originally posted by kryten View Post
          Still a bodge
          Which of the following are bodges?

          Replacing an overflow bottle with a header tank.
          Replacing points with lumenition ignition system or equivalent.
          Installing an electric fan, as primary or backup.
          Installing an electric water pump to replace existing machanical pump.
          Installing relays into the headlight system.
          Installing a post '70s radio / tape player.

          If the definition of a bodge is so tight then it is unlikely that there are more than half a dozen Stags out there without a bodge of some sort.

          A bodge is just a fix, good or bad.

          John.
          Your wife is right, size matters. 3.9RV8

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            #6
            My quick release battery connection is not a good idea then John.

            battery.jpg

            Ian
            Wise men ignore the advice of fools, but fools ignore the advice of wise men sigpic

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              #7
              One or two minor alterations may reduce some risks, but as a fix it looks as if it would work ok.
              Your wife is right, size matters. 3.9RV8

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                #8
                Some say the Stag was a bodge from day one.......

                Mike

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jakesmig View Post
                  Which of the following are bodges? Replacing an overflow bottle with a header tank. Replacing points with lumenition ignition system or equivalent. Installing an electric fan, as primary or backup. Installing an electric water pump to replace existing machanical pump. Installing relays into the headlight system. Installing a post '70s radio / tape player. If the definition of a bodge is so tight then it is unlikely that there are more than half a dozen Stags out there without a bodge of some sort. A bodge is just a fix, good or bad. John.
                  They all look like improvements in your list. A bodge should be defined as a temporary or poor quality/ unreliable repair. None seem to be that.

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                    #10
                    More to the point... what was wrong with Chris's clutch that most other manual Stag owners have managed to fix or live with that requires Chris to have to fit a smaller bore slave cylinder.
                    Is this just Chris or do the rest of the Stag owners live with a second rate clutch system?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by 73stagman View Post
                      ....Is this just Chris or do the rest of the Stag owners live with a second rate clutch system?
                      Must be just Chris. Never heard of any clutch problems on Stags. Nor on TR6 either.
                      If you can't say something nice, don't say it !

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                        #12
                        I have great success with all standard parts... not wanted or needed to bodge a Stag clutch.

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                          #13
                          Was speaking to a friend last night who has a stag, and has had several Triumph 2000 over the years. He says his stag needs a full push to the floor to release, and thats's not uncommon. Also that he thinks there were two types of clutch used by Triumph, Bork & Beck, and Laycock, and that the former worked much better, but that the latter were used on the Stag.

                          Perhaps there is something not quite right with mine, but it's not coming out until it needs to or if the engine comes out for some other work.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by V Mad View Post
                            Was speaking to a friend last night who has a stag, and has had several Triumph 2000 over the years. He says his stag needs a full push to the floor to release, and thats's not uncommon. Also that he thinks there were two types of clutch used by Triumph, Bork & Beck, and Laycock, and that the former worked much better, but that the latter were used on the Stag.

                            Perhaps there is something not quite right with mine, but it's not coming out until it needs to or if the engine comes out for some other work.
                            Boy isn't that the truth.
                            John
                            John

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