Sunday, October 17, 2010
I needed to get the clutch and pressure plates out of the flywheel. I plan on mounting a BMW R1150 Clutch pack for a number of reasons. I thought I could get away with drilling out a few riveted pieces and it would come apart. The smart clutch isn't a serviceable item. Mercedes intends for the entire flywheel and clutch assembly to be replaced as one unit and therefore there is no way to disassemble it. I can'tt even figure out how they got it together. There are no bolts or weld marks, and there is no room anywhere that I can see to get tooling in to the assembly. My best guess is that it is in fact pressed together. The only clue to that is that the starter ring gear appears to be presses on to the cast iron flywheel so maybe they have a process for pressing the outer plate (the one that holds the spring diaphragm) over the clutch into the flywheel.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This is what’s left of a 1996 BWM R1100GS. It's been sitting around collecting dust since 2000 and recently I had hoped that it would provide the parts I'm missing to mate the 2004 R1150RT trans to the final drive and also supply a clutch I can use as a mock up. But nooooo. I seemed to remember reading about stripped splines on 1100 transmission shafts. I guess this is why BMW changed the input spline of the 1150 transmission to 23.5mm from 22.5mm. Likewise the output shaft is also larger than its predecessor by 1mm so I can't use these parts here. However I still have a plan for them. let's see how much more dust they can collect till they’re needed.