Finally got under the dash and soldered in the clutch-cut wire that comes with DSMlink, which enables NLTS ("No Lift To Shift"): a lowered rev limit between shifts while in motion, which means I don't have to let up the gas at any time during a run. Combined with the stutterbox (which lowers the rev limit to a pre-determined RPM during launch, allowing you to build boost off the line and have a more predictable launch), I'm hoping I can improve my quarter-mile times somewhat, and maybe make use of it at autocross.
I've installed the new master and slave clutch cylinders (thanks, Mitch!),
and pedal stiffness is back to where I'd expect it to be. I may need to make
a few minor position adjustments, but there's no signs of "ghost pedal"
anymore, and the engagement feels a lot more crisp.
I'm currently in the middle of a complete
I've run a can and a half of Mopar Combustion Chamber Cleaner through the
PCV valve into the intake manifold, and I left another can and a half to
soak in the cylinders last night. I'll clear it out tonight, run a can of
engine flush through the car, then change both the oil and the plugs. At
that point, I should hopefully be about as ready as I can be for the track
tonight, assuming the weather holds up.
And it appears I was premature in my belief that the DSMlink client was
working correctly on my Linux laptop. RXTX
(under both the Sun and IBM JVMs) appears to cause DSMlink's client to hang
under a patched-to-current Erica's
Windows 2000 laptop.