So 3 weeks ago I made a trek across country from Maine... Haha, yeah Maine and relocated to the Bay Area. I teach High School Science and coach soccer basketball and lacrosse and took a position teaching out here.
Anyways, it's been the month from hell with my Jeep and things look like they are continuing...
I guess first, a little about the rig... it's a 2002 TJ X, 4.0. I have 2inch BDS suspension and 1 inch JKS BL/MML in it. I'm running 33x12.50, Currie Steering System, re-geared to 4:56's.... bumpers & rockers but no under armor yet.
K, to the irritation. I got the Jeep re-geared last summer, and two weeks before I moved out here I had to have the rear axel re-regeared because my mechanic who has been working with me and my Jeep for 3 years didn't set the lashing up correctly I was told and I ended up breaking teeth. Long story short my guy wouldn't stand behind his work so I had to repay for a regear.
Upon arriving out here the first day I went to start my Jeep my check gauges light came on and I wasn't registering oil pressure or in the temp gauge (yes there was oil in it... kinda, i'll explain)... I had had no problem getting across country, I guess i'm lucky it happened here but anyways ended up finding a good mechanic had the Jeep towed. He dropped my oil pan and ended up pulling almost 3qrts of sludge from the pan (6qrt pan). The sludge he pulled he said seemed to be remnants of cheap quaker state/penzoil.... I use Mobile 1 Full Synthetic so he guessed the previous owner didn't tend very well to the oil changes/used cheap *** oil... that was another grand out of the pocket to replace the oil pump, clean her up, and rent a car for 4 days....
Now my clutch needs to be replaced... mechanic quoted me around 240 for the part, and said it'd be about a 4 hour job to replace it... I'm in the middle of a snowball and am half debating looking to trade the damn thing in for a Rubicon, I have some dealers that are willing to transfer my aftermarket parts for me... but still money wise it doesn't make the most sense, especially since I cannot find a LWB Rubicon.
Anyways, I've been here 2 weeks I have a bad clutch, I've put 2,000 into the Jeep this month already and talking to a friend that runs competition rock crawlers he directed here. I'm an absolute ******* when it comes to being mechanical, I'll be upfront with that right off, hence why I pay mechanics to do all my work. I was told replacing a clutch wasn't necessarily a hard job, just an afternoons worth of work, but again I'm a ******* and could not begin to do it.
Would anyone out here have the time or be willing to assist me in tearing the rig apart and helping me install this... assuming this is a "doable" job? I'm willing do comp for your time obviously however you see fair.
Ultimately I'm trying to save some coin but more so make a connection or two out here, I want to start wheeling out here and get back into things.
Sorry for the book. Anyone able to help or perhaps direct to guys or any clubs you know in the area?
Owning a Jeep makes a heroin addiction look like a vague yearn for something salty...
Well the work you are looking at is beyond my skills, if you can not find anyone to help you I can refer you to transmission shop in Fremont. They did my D44 install, both ARB installs and my F&R regear.
I can quit drinking anytime I want, but hey I'm no quitter :)
Hey Josh, welcome to the Bay area. I too moved here from Maine, in 2004, so it's good to see another northeaster.
I'm afraid I don't know much about replacing a clutch, though I will gladly lend a hand if you find someone who does. I possibly have a throwout bearing issue, might need to install a new clutch in the near future.