Join Date: May 2010
Location: Williamsburg, VA
do it yourself. not too tough. Borrow or rent a transmission jack to steady things. Make certain that you have a jack stand, not a bottle jack or some other type of jack, under your engine to hold it in place when you remove the transmission or the engine will rotate and tear up your front clip, radiator and other stuff. you will likely have some difficulty in getting the top bolts out of the top of the bell housing. I ended up reaching them from the inside after removing the covers off of the shifters. when everthing is apart it might be a good time to replace all the fluids in your tranny and transfer case. Other than that, no special tools needed beyond sockets and wrenches, and maybe a torx bit if the original top bolts are in your bell housing (most people replace them with standard bolts after the first removal) You will need a torque wrench for the clutch, but other than that very straight forward.
Edit: first time I did it took me better part of the day to drop the tranny and put it back. I went very slowly and methodically, cleaned everything with a pressure washer when I got it down, and put it all back together.
Second time I did it, to replace the input seal on my tranny and stop a leak, had it down, seal done, and tranny back in within a half day, including the time it took me to repair a stripped hole on my bell housing.