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If anyone has installed the Aardvark 5-speed kit, how did you route the hard line and hose from the slave cylinder?

My kit has a short hard line that's bent in roughly two 90s. I pointed it rearwards so the rubber hose comes out over the back of the slave then loops underneath up to the master (sorry, no pics right now).

This routing makes me a little nervous - I'm thinking I should point the pipe forward so the hose is less exposed and the coupling isn't in a tight spot against the tunnel. Is this right?

If I have to pull the slave cylinder, can I bleed it off the car as the instructions suggest, or will this shoot the pushrod out?

Thanks,

Steve

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The hard line IS supposed to run forward, parallel with the slave cylinder. You can bleed the slave off the car but you MUST hold the pushrod against a block of wood etc. or it WILL blow out. BTW intuition is that the bleeder screw on the slave should point up as on a brake caliper but it points DOWN as installed by the factory. HTH

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Thanks Skip,

That totally helps. That will give me some peace of mind to get that done right.

Best,

Steve

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by feeding fluid into the bleeder screw with a pump oil can with brake fluid in it.

Put a small tube from the pump can to the bleeder screw and pump clean fluid until you see bubble free fluid in the reservoir.

Obviously, make sure your reservoir is not too full to accommodate the fluid.

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If anyone has installed the Aardvark 5-speed kit, how did you route the hard line and hose from the slave cylinder?

My kit has a short hard line that's bent in roughly two 90s. I pointed it rearwards so the rubber hose comes out over the back of the slave then loops underneath up to the master (sorry, no pics right now).

Thanks,

Steve

Mine does the same thing...out the back underneath and up to meet the hard line out of the master (not the prettiest hard line right now, it's being replaced along with the master and slave cylinders)

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The below picture is from the 5 speed I put in the panel truck in March but is the way all my cars are done The flex hose you see is part number 21 52 1 153 512 , thinks its from and E12 or something like that You can connect to the clutch master with existing 02 hose or use a short steel hose. As you will note the flex hose is routed tight along the trans body

HTH

Note: folks may say the bleeder is wrong but I use the method outlined by Bill above to bleed the system which pushes air in the system out the top (and is more accessible :)

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Thanks Mike for the clear picture (of such nice clean parts too!)

That's exactly what I was trying to describe in too many words - the same hose and rigid line that I have in my setup. I see which way I need to bend the pipe.

--Steve

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Just as a point of clarification, since I'm still learning about all this - I mounted my slave cylinder opposite form the ways outlined here; the bleed screw points up.

My 5-speed kit from MM came with a stainless braided flex line with a couple of 90 degree elbows at the corners. These fit into the MC and the Slave and I routed the line out of the way of anything it could rub against.

Aside from possibly being a bitch to bleed the system, do you guys see any issue with this set-up? I'd like to know before I get my exhaust in and its a real pain to get at anything under there.

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