Has anyone seen this before?
I didn't realize it until after I'd gotten the flywheel up (and torqued, dammit), but the flywheel had the pilot bearing preinstalled... ON THE WRONG SIDE. Idiot me didn't check the thing, just saw it and thought, "Hey, preinstalled pilot bearing, cool" and bolted it up.
I even successfully used the clutch disk alignment tool to install the clutch and pressure plate; I didn't realize it until I was moving the 'empty' boxes from the LuK SMF clutch kit I bought, and heard something shift inside one. Lo and behold, ANOTHER pilot bearing:
So, now that I've installed the flywheel like this, I wonder if I've done lasting damage to either the flywheel or my crankshaft... sod the bearing, I've got an extra!
I wrote to ClutchCityOnline.com, asking them, in effect, WTF (politely, of course). There's not enough depth to install the second bearing aft of the first, as they'd interfere with each other, so that means I get to remove the flywheel too. I don't know how many times you can torque flywheel and pressure plate bolts. The PP bolts had some sort of thread lock compound on them, so that's bunged up now, too. If nothing else, I think they should send me new bolts for each.
The only thing I can surmise is that someone had the kit open and installed the bearing the wrong way, then closed it up and sold it as new; whether that was a CCO.com employee or a customer, I don't know. If it was a customer, what were they doing reselling returned items as new?
So now, instead of installing the trans tonight, I got to take the whole frelling kit back off, while I cool my jets waiting for the CCO people to write or call back. Grand, just flippin grand.