Nicklouse - you’re absolutely right. It was my mistake as I encountered some resistance screwing it in (threaded in very easy most of the way) and in my haste I assumed it bottomed out. A related problem - as it stands, there was very little bolt head left for the socket to grab... the clearance between the thrust sleeve and the bolt is very tight and I cannot find a socket with a thin enough wall to fit in there. Need to figure it a different way to tighten the remaining amount.
if you bent that then i am sorry you did not screw it in fully as there is no way it can bend when fitted as the back of it rests on the crank nose.
Bobbins - yes, I was very careful to make sure the bolt and the collar (?) of the tool were equidistant from the face of the assembly.
Also ... if you've managed to bend that bolt are your 3 "pulling" bolts all set to EXACTLY the same distance from the clutch face? I suspect that if you've bent that bolt (yes it should have been screwed in further) your 3 bolts are not equal, this is critical to removing the flywheel.
I should note that the collar remained parallel to the assembly throughout the effort and it was only as I gave everything a close inspection before removing that I noticed the bent center bolt of the tool... obviously caused by the error Nick noted.
Edited by Vudu, 06 June 2020 - 01:33 PM.