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1976 912 E Clutch pedal return spring

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Vehicle Information: Model: 912E; Year: 1976; Body Type: Coupe; Total Mileage: 195,000;

I am trying to figure out what Porsche was thinking with the clutch pedal return set-up on my '76 912E. It appears the "clutch pedal return spring" (on the pedal cluster), does not really return the pedal at all, but only keeps tension on the cable. The pressure plate is what actually returns the pedal. Thus the "free play" is not actually free play at all, as you are instructed to pull the pedal TOWARD you to check it. Maybe there was a reason for this design when used in conjunction with the pull-type 911 clutches of this period, but my 912E has a "conventional" push-type clutch. So, unless I'm mistaken, the throw-out bearing is constantly in contact with the pressure plate, and thus always spinning. On my air-cooled VWs, the return spring was always at the transmission end of the cable, which provided true "free play", and kept the throw-out bearing away from the pressure plate except when the clutch was actuated. This was considered important for clutch and bearing life. I am thinking about adding a spring to the release lever on the transmission of my 912E to pull the pedal all the way up, give me true "free play", and keep the bearing off of the pressure plate. Can you think of any reason why this would not be a good idea? Or set me straight if I am just missing something with all of this. Thanks!

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