View Full Version : removing clutch dampner, any negative side effects?

09-06-2006, 05:19 PM
I am starting on my swap soon and I had some concerns about removing the clutch dampner. I have all the parts here, I'm just wondering if there are any side effects to removing it. I know the positive side of removing it is becuase it tends to trap air bubbles in the system, rendering the clutch so it doens't engage. Are there any bad sides to removing it, pedal feel, proper engagement? Help me out if you can.

09-06-2006, 06:23 PM
Only positive side effects. Do it!


09-06-2006, 06:47 PM
There is no problem with engagement. If anything, it helps the engagement since there is less line to go through and less likely to trap air.

I prefer the feel. It feels a little more solid. With the damper it's just sloppy, but apparently the guy in the other thread doesn't like it. It's all preference.

09-06-2006, 06:48 PM
just do it...nike

but seriously carlos is correct do away with that dampaner!:rl:

09-06-2006, 08:10 PM
again all personal preferance

09-06-2006, 08:21 PM
take it out. easy to bleed, better pedal feel, takes 5 minutes.

09-06-2006, 11:09 PM
Clutch pedal response will be stiffer and vibrate somewhat more.

Whether that's a good or bad thing is subjective.

I like the feel better. Plus, it makes bleeding the clutch a hell of a lot easier. Well worth it, in my opinion.

09-06-2006, 11:49 PM
side effect is if you do not know how to do it right. You have to bend the hardline back toward the slave and if you mess up.. sucks...

just buy a ss line from m/c to slave from taka. It is pretty cheap already.

drift freaq
09-07-2006, 12:39 AM
You might feel a little pedal vibration at higher RPMs. Thats about it. Nissan put the dampner in just to eliminate the chance of pedal vibration from the clutch at higher rpm shifts. There are no negative side effects and it makes the clutch system a hell of a lot easier to bleed without it. I prefer it taken out as well.

09-07-2006, 05:04 AM
I already have the new hardline and a stainless nismo soft line. Any suggestions for bending? I read a write up about it and the guy used a couple open end wrenches. Are there any type of pipe benders out there specifically for this, just to lessen the chance of kinking the hard line?

09-07-2006, 07:52 AM
Use flare nut wrenches, not open ends since they are made for jobs like this. I doubt there are any special pipe benders

09-07-2006, 08:00 AM
The stock lines are pretty strong, I bent them into submission with my fingers and never had a problem (and the clutch line got a lil bent out of shape when I pulled it from its original home too). I think there are small pipe benders out there, try a hardware store. And definitely lose the damper for simplicity's sake.

Also, you might replace the slave while at it (27$ at pep boys). Mr. slave can leave you stranded...

For bleeding-- I use the tube and cup brake bleeder kit from the auto parts shop. I've been able to bleed the clutch alone without a speed bleeder, just follow your FSM -- and definitely go and buy a 10mm flare wrench, otherwise you will strip the fittings and have to use a vicegrip to get them unthreaded...

10-11-2006, 06:25 AM
Btw heres the walkthrough fro doing it ;) http://garage.projectraine.com/ goto garage guides page 2 its there. :D

10-11-2006, 10:33 AM
There isn't a need for a pipe bender. Just curve it in multiple spots. The only part that is annoying is attempting to get the hardline lined up to screw it in.

Takes about ten minutes, and that's including jack+stands.

Once installed, bleed your clutch through the slave cylinder.

Took me about a week to get use to the vibration. Because I kept thinking I had air in my lines.

10-11-2006, 11:03 AM
I use a pipe bender at work. We only use it to get the general shape and then just tweak it with our hands to fit the fittings.

Nuisance Crew
10-11-2006, 12:19 PM
Just use a 10mm union in place of the dampner, done.

10-12-2006, 05:04 AM
Use a Taka Motorsports line and throw away all the stock parts.

11-25-2006, 07:00 PM
I would like to say thanks to Zilvia forum it help me fix my clutch problem.Also thanks to projectraine.com for a picture detail on how to do it.I like to see the project at task before i mess something up.