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The clutch on my 1998 legacy has just been replaced, but there is about four inches free travel in clutch pedal before it engages the throwout bearing. This leaves only about 2-3 inches at the bottom of the clutch travel to be disengaged. Is there a way to take out that much slack on the adjustment on top of engine?

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You want to shorten the cable. Loosen the lock nut.Turn the cable adjuster clockwise to shorten the cable. This takes some skill, and knowledge to get the clutch adjusted just right. You want about 1/2 inch of free play in the pedal. All of this varies according to the wear on your clutch. You say your clutch is new, so acheving a proper adjustment should be no problem. Keep tweaking the adjustment to get it catching where you like it.

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