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Unread 01-19-2013, 03:12 PM   #1
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80 CJ7 SR4- input shaft bearing retainer???

OK so my clutch went out and I have been trying to track down the parts to fix it. It has an SBC swap and the clutch looks fine but the clutch release bearing and clutch fork were both toast. I ordered a new fork and bearing-

however the fork and bearing do not quite fit- it had a Jeep bearing and a Chevy throwout arm... I started looking for a release bearing that would fit- and per the Jeep part it is 1.125 shaft diameter and the bearing is 1.375 ID. This seems to be too sloppy on the input shaft. In looking at parts it seems as though my trans is missing the input shaft bearing retainer- there was a small aluminum sleeve on the input shaft but the bad release bearing destroyed it.

Anyone know where I can get an SR4 bearing retainer?? I have not been able to find any online at all.
HELP!

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Unread 01-19-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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I have found that Omix makes a bearing retainer still for the T4/t5- will this work for an SR4, or can it be made to work with the SR4?

Cheers!

~Kevin

PS- I know the SR4 is only a marginal trans behind my V8, but this is a mall crawler that will never go offroad. I would like to some day do a TH350 or 700R4 automatic but the adapter to the D300 isn't cheap!
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Unread 01-19-2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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I might be able to help. Will pm you tomorrow.
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Unread 01-20-2013, 09:28 AM   #4
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Do you have any gearbox trany shops in your area? I had the same problem with my T5, went and showed a buddy I have know for 45+ years that owns a trans shop, and he walked over to the shelf and gave me a steel one. Never had a problem after that. Maybe try asking for one for a Ford Mustang late 70s SR4 with a 4 cyl or 302. I have heard that the SR4 was built by B/W for Ford back in the day. Don't know if the retainer will be the same.
Your clutch fork was the GM one?
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Unread 01-20-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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I am wondering if the one for a T4/t5 will work? The one for a T176 looks really close too... I have not had any luck finding one for the SR4 online at all... Not exaclty sure how my fron bearing is staying in place with no retainer....
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Unread 01-21-2013, 09:23 AM   #6
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I can get a brand new one for a T5 made of steel for $35... Should I try one of those? I am getting desperate- my wife and I are down to only one 4x4 between us with the CJ and YJ down...
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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:07 AM   #7
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Just called my buddys shop and they say it wont.
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Unread 01-21-2013, 10:21 AM   #8
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Well I ordered a T4/T5 bearing retainer (Omix part number 18885.02)- I hope I can make it work. I believe the collar is too long and will need to be trimmed back 1/4", but I have a lathe- If I don't think I can make it work I will send it back.
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