When using the fiber thrust washer what is the clearance? I am putting together a Ruckstell, the fiber washer is in good shape so I plan on using it. When I bolt the whole assembly together to about full tightness the insides don't want to turn. The club book list a clearance but I am not sure if that is for using the steel washer or both.
I just finished rebuilding mine. The thrust washer between the axles is just one of a few places throughout the assembly that together, must total up to about .006" axle end play. One fiber washer was too thin, and two washers were too thick. I machined a new one out of bronze for the correct clearance (see p.29 of Glen Chaffin's Ruckstell book). I have enough bronze stock to make one if you need it. Give me a call or email.
I used a thin slice of Delron. You can buy it from. Mcmaster Carr. Just sliced it off with a bandsaw. I cut a few pieces in various thicknesses and it worked great. It wont compress and is a naturally slippery material.
Thanks for the reply's so far, not the axle fiber washer the fiber washer in the Ruckstell bell.
The original thickness of those is .105". They are not the same size as a standard steel thrust washer. They had the two holes for the pins, but aren't really necessary, because it will float on the axle gear. I use fiber washers in all of my Ruckstells. We plan to make them some day, but just haven't gotten around to it. I usually wind up with about .005" clearance.
What's wrong with using a steel thrust washer?
Nothing is wrong, I have done two. In this case the original Ruckstell fiber thrust washer is still there and in good shape so I am going to use it.