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Unread 02-27-2014, 08:23 AM   #1
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Clutch/Pilot Bushing Install Question?

I am about to install the new clutch and tranny to my newly rebuilt motor.According to the FSM and other posts I am supposed to install a oil soaked "wick" with the new pilot bushing. Since I will be cutting my own felt to make the wick my question is this. Is the wick the same size as the outside diameter of the pilot bushing and go in before the bushing or is it the same size as the inside diameter of the P bushing and go inside the P bushing after it is installed? Thanks for any help....

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Unread 02-27-2014, 08:50 AM   #2
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I think the factory wick is an oversized sponge, like 3" in diameter, and it stuffs into the hole in front (engine side) of the bushing.

I've read that the wick is somewhat redundant, since the bushing is oil-impregnated bronze. I hope that's accurate, because I'm not running one.

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Unread 02-27-2014, 09:01 AM   #3
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The one I just did was larger like Matt said. It was kind of folded in half and more of a square piec rather than round. I dont think there is an exact science to the wick.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 09:32 AM   #4
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It goes in before you install the bushing.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 09:38 AM   #5
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Thanks all. I will get a better picture once I get the motor off the engine stand and can get a good look at what I am dealing with.

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Unread 02-27-2014, 10:58 AM   #6
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Drop your bushing into a small cup of oil the night before the install and let it soak up as much oil as possible.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 12:05 PM   #7
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I used a bolt the size of the pilot shaft to remove my old pilot. I might have wrapped a couple wraps of black tape on it to make it snug. I filled the cavity behind full of grease, put the bolt in the filled up with grease hole and gave it a good thump with a dead blow hammer. The pilot popped right on out.

My wick was reusable after cleaning and yes you need one to keep the pilot in good shape. Figure it is open to water if you get in deep enough.
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I cut mine (the old one was missing) to the OD of the bushing, then put it in place before installing the bushing.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 07:58 PM   #9
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Got my bushing out with moist bread instead of grease.Much cleaner
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Unread 03-14-2014, 07:37 AM   #10
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Got my bushing out with moist bread instead of grease.Much cleaner
I like that one, will remember it.
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Unread 03-23-2014, 09:00 AM   #12
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Couldn't get mine out with grease, so stuffed some hot dog bun in with the grease. Worked like a charm.
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Resurecting an old thread.....so is there a consensus on pilot bearing wick diameter and thickness??

I understand it goes in before the bearing, thus can presume it could be made too large or too small to be effective. I also understand many do not install a wick, but why not if installing a new bearing?

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Unread 01-24-2016, 11:20 PM   #14
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First I used grease, as time went by I used a tap it as it is much cleaner and more positive than grease just pushing out a bronze bushing.
Sure enough, as soon as I could afford one I purchased the correct puller and have had many other uses for it since then. It has been a pleasure to lend it to my how do you get this thing out friends, next hearing wow that was easy I need to get one of those.
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Unread 01-25-2016, 02:05 AM   #15
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RN, what is the correct puller?
Can you address my wick question?
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