Originally Posted by flynia
I've had no end of issues with TM thrust bearings. I have replaced my dodgey TM one with a Serpent Thrust Bearing and it is working like a charm!
I think we overlook the clutch itself and the role the Thrust bearing plays. I Use TM thrust bearings and they work well for me.. I suppose you also have to consider the spurs, the clutch bearings, pinions, shims too.
When the clutch engages, everything becomes static and the thrust bearings bear the load of the engaged clutch, if the thrust bearing is arse about ie plates wrong way, then perhaps a chance of bearings wearing the cage and balls fly everywhere.
On power then off power and clutch would be at a state where the problems arise as the clutch bell freely spins on a crankshaft with bearings, shims and retainers. Spurs and Pinions, too much end play and things could shudder... very bad... very bad
When at idle, an inspection of clutch never hurts... seen a few clutch retainer screws fall out a few times too.