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FX Clutch Cable Snapping

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Ive done a conversion on my XF falc from auto to singlerail xmit. Ive been running this for about 3 years but during this time Ive been through 6 (SIX!!!) clutch cables.

I think the problem is attributed to extractors giving out too much heat causing the internal cable to snap.

Clutch is a little heavy but not the worst ive felt. Its a standard duty clutch and pressure plate but before I drop this whole setup into the new XF, I want to sort this problem out. Ive changed the throwout bearing, spriggot bearing and clutch/pressure plates to no avail.

If anyone knows whats the deal, drop me a msg. Thankz

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Re: FX Clutch Cable Snapping

Have you routed the cable correctly? XF's will eat cables if you run them through the crossmember incorrecly, as they get a kink in them. May also need to be adjusted correctly.

If you're not driving a manual you're really just steering.
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Re: FX Clutch Cable Snapping

Its a gearbox out of an XD and the clutch cable doesnt actually cross under the cross member. It goes into the bell housing on the same side as the clutch cable comes out of the firewall. My other XF has the cable that goes through the crossmember however the one Im having trouble with is on the extractor side.
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Re: FX Clutch Cable Snapping

I hope it didn't take you that long to check out! Yes, it is possibly heat, or adjustment. How high off the floor does the clutch engage?

If you're not driving a manual you're really just steering.
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Re: FX Clutch Cable Snapping

Yeah, Sorry. I kinda forgot about this post but Im actually thinking of using this box to replace a supposed to be 5 speed box in my other XF.

The clutch starts to engage at about 80mm from the floor. It doesnt have any problems with grip as it lights 245X60 quite well without slipping. Not bad for a 250 Xflow.

I was thinking about getting a bit of sheet steel cut to size and shape of extractors and attach it somehow to act as a heat sheild. Ive done some testing with heat reflective wrap stuck on the cable that looks like foil with a sticky back. I cant do any further testing though as the car isnt street legal.
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Re: FX Clutch Cable Snapping

Try adjusting the clutch down if you can. You want it to fully dis-engage on the floor, and be fully engaged about 25-40mm off the floor. Use extracter wrap to protect the cable.

If you're not driving a manual you're really just steering.
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Yeah but its pretty expensive stuff that extractor wrap. But if it works ill save money in the long run. Thanks heaps for your help.
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