What is the rule for when you have to have a transmission and/or flexplate scattershield?
I'm running a C6 and I was not sure what I needed or if I needed anything at all. I'm thinking that the car should run somewhere in the 9's. So I just wanted to ask before I put the thing down into the car and then went and failed tech inspection because I was missing some piece of saftey equipment.What do you mean, specifically?
You need to have an SFI-approved scattershielf for a clutched setup. A flywheel (iron, aluminum or steel) or the pressure ring in a pressure plate, when enough heat is built into said piece that it gives up the ghost, is an extremely violent event when it explodes (and generally you're talking about in highly elevated engine speed situations). I've seen in stock aluminum bell'ed incidents pieces of the pressure ring blow through the bellhousing, penetrate through the firewall/floorboard and lodge into the underside dashboard structure...as well as completely blow the bellhousing apart and break the back of the engine block off (where the bellhousing bolts to the block).
For an automatic setup, you don't need a scattershield but at certain ETs you need specific equipment like a diaper to help contain "stuff" if you were to suffer a catastrophic failure of the transmission assembly.
I have a motor plate but I'm not sure what the drop is. I do believe though that it is at least 1.5 inches. Maybe more. The headers and motor plate were a combo deal from Totoal Performace out of Clinton Township Michigan. I had to shim the k-member so it would clear the oil pan as an example of how low the motor sets in there. I also had to cut the mount towers off the k-member so the motor would clear as well. Hopefully this will be an easy addition for me.I don't have any experience with them in a Fox car...but a Google search indicates one won't simply bolt on and fit in the car without some modifications. Do you have the k-member shimmed/spaced down? That seems to be the deal-maker for 385-series/C6 combos in said cars...and/or using engine plates with a ~1.5" engine installed height drop.