Join Date: Feb 2008
My Ride: Hemi Daytona's
Engine: 6.1L / 5.7L
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Re: rear wheel drive conversion dodge daytona
UPDATE: 13 MAR 17
As expected the factory clutch pedal wasn't strong enough to handle the additional load the hydraulic clutch cylinder put on it so it bent. Took the clutch peddle out, straightened it and have a plan. That is why I had made a custom peddle before, but in the spirit of giving folks an opportunity to re-use as many factory parts as possible I went back to the factory peddle. The inside dimension of the peddle is 1 1/8" so I ordered 12" of Alloy Steel 4130 Round Tubing, MIL-T 6736B, 1-1/8" OD, 1.009" ID, 0.058" Wall. Ultimately, I'm happy I went back to the factory peddle since it will still look stock when I'm done.
Once I receive the tube I'll send pictures of how I'll use the tube to strengthen the clutch peddle.
Even though I still have a bunch of little things to sort out I can't even put into words how happy I am with how the car drives. Really impressed with how this car drives, keep in mind my daily drivers are a 1992 5-speed IROC Daytona and a 2015 6-speed Hellcat, so when I say it's well balanced I'm comparing it against what it was originally and what's available today. I have to give credit where it's due, Lee did a really nice job sorting out the front end geometry.
The drive yesterday also revealed another "issue". All this time of moving the car around with the clutch not fully disengaged took it's toll on the clutch. I noticed under hard acceleration the clutch slips... Certainly something I'll have to address, but I'm going to drive the car for awhile first!