2001 AR5 Swap, Built NA-T, Standalone
Alright here's the deal. You're not the first one to buy one of those eBay bellhousings and you won't be the last. If you clean it up it should be fine. Last one I saw they had to drill the slave cylinder hole lol, looks like you got a better one. I'm having the same issue on a fake GReddy manifold, you get what you pay for. The center console is the exact same, minus the shift boot which you can get from redlinegoods (I think) or OEM. There are 2 screw holes to remove the chrome round piece. The trans tunnel on my car with a Solstice AR5 and JZX110 shifter housing needed to be cut about 2 inches forward to make room for the breather. You might just want to do that anyway because that shifter looks a little big. I then covered it up with aluminum duct tape and shoved a bunch of rags to dampen the sound a bit. I went with the DriftMotion stage 3.5 Kevlar variant, along with their chrome moly flywheel. The clutch kit comes with an OEM pressure plate and it really does feel great. I'm very impressed so far. I also used ARP hardware and their custom high grade pressure plate bolts.Hmm I was thinking maybe the 6 puck metallic/ceramic wouldn't chatter as much with no lightweight flywheel but now I'm skeptical.. I really just want a full disc like you suggest, however I can't find any 26 spline 1.125in clutches with a 240 diameter. I'm trying to avoid going custom to avoid any significant wait times. If I understand correctly, it's the flywheel and clutch diameter that need to match, yes?
Do you think it'll cause any functionality issues? I don't mind having to clean it up a little bit, though I guess I'll see if it was really worth the money saved over oem. Didn't expect it to be as rough as it is but I'm going to tough it out at this point.
Thank you for providing that part list. It brought to my attention that I was forgetting the slave cylinder bolts and fork support bolts. Did you end up getting a new center console where the shifters comes up, or were you able to resuse the auto piece?
Also what clutch did you go with lol