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Author Topic:   short dowels or long dowels?
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 380
posted May 02, 2005 09:45 AM  
we have a midplate between our engine and bellhousing for our tranny.....i dont wanna be percieved as dumb here but why are u suppose to use long dowels with a midplate!!

our tranny goes into gear but there is some noise it moves in gear just makes a wierd nosie.... FEELS kinda like your going over washboards on the highway right before you get to the stop sign

we r using the stock dowel pins dad and i r confused with this

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 40
posted May 02, 2005 10:13 AM  
I'm not sure if it's causing the problem you stated, but you should use the long dowel pins with the mid plate. Why? Because they are what actually align your bell housing and transmisssion to your engine. Misalignment will cause a bind that will cause wear and a loss of horsepower. They even sell offset dowel pins to correct misalignment problems. As I said, I don't know if it's causing the problem you stated, so please reply when you get the long dowel pins in and let us know if it corrects the problem (for future reference).

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 298
posted May 02, 2005 04:42 PM  
DM3 is correct.if they are too short you will get a vibration from the bellhousing moving up and down on the block.
I use 2" long ones, the reason is it is easier to align the bellhousing and trans when it's left in the car during engine changes. They should be at least 1 1/2" long to go thru the mid plate and the bell housing.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 753
posted May 02, 2005 05:11 PM  
I use the longer dowels AND the extended pilot bushing from speedway motors.

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