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Upgraded Billet Clutch Quadrant, Firewall Adjuster, And Adjustable Clutch Cable
In The Performance Scheme Of Things, The Factory Clutch Cable And Quadrant Seem To Get Kicked To The Curb
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In between adding an intake, nitrous, and exhaust components, it seems that nary a thought is given to replacing the factory clutch-cable arrangement. That is, until the cable breaks or wears out. Then it seems like a good idea to replace it with one of the performance variety.
Since performance mods are growing on our '93 coupe, we thought now would be a good time to bolster our clutch-cable setup with Steeda's billet clutch quadrant, firewall adjuster, and adjustable cable.
This billet clutch quadrant replaces the factory plastic unit with an exclusive, patent-pending, double-hook design which makes it compatible with both a firewall adjuster and an adjustable cable. The quadrant is CNC-machined from billet aluminum for durability and is guaranteed against breakage--even if you have Editor Turner's shifting skills. Another nice feature of the quadrant is the placement of a groove for the cable which lessens the strain placed on the cable during shifts.
The purpose of a firewall adjuster is to make it easier to adjust where the clutch engages. In the past, the most popular area of adjustment was where the cable attached to the clutch fork at the tranny.
Nowadays, firewall adjusters such as Steeda's have made clutch adjustment much easier. This adjuster is a revised version of Steeda's original adjuster design, resulting in an adjustment range improvement of more than 50 percent. It also eliminates the bushing at the firewall and takes only one hand to adjust. The large adjustment screw makes adjustment a breeze. This adjuster works with both Fox and SN-95 Mustang clutch cables.
Last, but not least, is Steeda's adjust-able clutch cable. With this cable alone you can adjust pedal height and clutch-release point, but the adjusting must be done where the cable attaches to the transmission at the clutch fork, making it less convenient than using the billet quadrant and firewall adjuster. Even though this cable is capable of being a standalone piece, if your clutch cable needs replacing you might as well go for the gusto and get the firewall adjuster and billet quadrant at the same time.
After the installation of the Steeda components, pedal effort did increase, but it seemed to decrease after awhile. However, we're not sure if it actually did decrease or if we just got used to it. Even so, Steeda says the firewall adjuster is designed for quicker clutch reaction and more precise engagement, thanks to the elimination of the bushing at the firewall. Clutch-reaction improvement is hard to gauge, but we can back up the claims of more precise engagement. The vagueness is gone, which definitely helps, especially in racing conditions, and we can more easily tell when the clutch is engaged. At $114.95 for all three components, the ultimate in clutch adjustability is just a phone call away.