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By 500 miles that means stop and go driving. Simply getting in the highway and doing 500 miles won't do jack for breaking in the clutch. I can't see your setup but I'm sure you don't have a crazy amount of hp, so you probably didn't do it much harm. You did clean and install correctly? Also heating that clutch up and simply parking it for 2 hours won't let it cool off. That's a lot of steel getting very hot and all that steel takes a long time to cool. Especially in an enclosed environment like the bell housing. I've drove my truck to a buddies place gently, pulled it in the shop, took our time and got the tranny on the ground on an hour and half and the clutch and flywheel are still uncomfortable to hold for any amount of time. Now imagine the heat you generated during that 3rd gear launch.

At any rate that clutch will stink with its "organic like" facing on one side. Just the nature of the beast.
 
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