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QCould you tell me where the driveplate is situated and what it does? The engine is a 1500cc Kubota and we recently changed the gearbox from Hurth to PRM.
MAGGIE ALLEN, via email
ATONY REPLIES... The driveplate is bolted to the back of the flywheel and has the gearbox input shaft fitted through splines in the centre. It not only provides a sliding connection between the engine flywheel and gearbox, but also uses springs or rubber/ plastic blocks to help smooth out torsional oscillations from the engine.
You should change the driveplate when changing a gearbox because they tend to wear out over time. In any case, the splines on the Hurth box may well have been different to those on the PRM. If so, that would demand a new driveplate.
And this is where the driveplate, inset, goes