You can try it, but don't think it would matter.
This is my thinking process. The torque conver is bolted closer to the ring gear.
And the snout is supported in the back of the crank shaft.
So the converter would keep any pressure from the starter from pushing at the center.
And normally if you have the starter too close to the ring gear, it makes one hell of a noise.
I see you have a ballanced flex plate, but I think you would have known if you had it on wrong.
The only thing I can speculate is that you got the bolts too tight.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 AT 7:02 PM