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post #1 of 5 Old 08-24-2017, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Clutch bellcrank inquiry

So as usual with my V6 cj5 something is causing me to not drive her. One of the previous owners was messing with the clutch bell crank and tool all the spings and felt pads out and welded one of the swivel ball points, and now it yanks off the bellcrank if you dont shift absolutely perfect every time. I cant find any kits with all the parts anywhere. Theres plenty of 4cyl kits though. Would i be able to buy a 4cyl kit and a v6 bellcrank and have it work the same?

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The V6 came with a cable style clutch linkage. These were prone to breaking (all the time) so many folks tried to fab earlier linkages in there.

Your CJ may have had a V6 installed in place of the 4 and the PO simply left the original linkage in place.

there are a number of home made linkages out there. Mine is a double bellcrank assembly that is bolted to the frame.

The best bet is the chain drive that AA offers (see chromegrille's post).

Be sure to check the torque pad on the t case. The V6 can put out some (relatively) serious torque and the t cases have a habit of moving around a lot. This can effect some of the clutch linkage set ups.

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I made my own bell crank. Was thinking of going hydraulic with my sm465, but decide to try building one. Cost was less than $10, even uses a grease zerk.

Sleeved black pipe. Inner pipe is the pivoting assembly, outer is welded to plate for mounting to the body. There are outer pipe rings welded to the inner assembly pipe on either side of the outer mounting pipe, to position the inner assembly. Works very smooth and much stronger than stock.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-25-2017, 08:27 PM
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Kevin, 71's and earlier have the pedals going through the floor.
However, if you were to mount that to the bottom of the frame and lengthen the bell arms, it would look a lot like my setup.

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