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Unread 06-24-2002, 06:06 AM   #1
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Clutch rod

When I got my Jeep it had a homemade 3" body lift. It also had a homemade extension on the clutch rod. Yesterday it snapped. Can I buy a clutch rod the length I need and maybe adjustable or do I have to have this fabricated? Body lifts seem to be more of a pain than they are worth. If I had the money now I would go to all suspension lift and eliminate all these rigged extensions!! Any thoughts?

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Unread 06-24-2002, 06:23 AM   #2
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Just a little update. What I really need is the piece from the firewall to the first pivot. Also kudos to the husband for coming to save me. He managed to clamp the two pieces together long enough to get into second and drove all the way home without stopping!! This included several slow approaches waiting for lights to turn green and one trip off road when an ambulance was coming!! I hope someone has an easy answer for me. I think he is getting tired of working on my toy all the time!!
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Unread 06-24-2002, 08:51 AM   #3
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i would get the extension welded to the rod to avoid problems....
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Unread 06-24-2002, 08:56 AM   #4
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I need a new/another rod. The method of extension the previous owner used has totaled this one. Are you saying I have to find a stock piece and have an extension added? I was hoping that they would sell longer or adjustable versions knowing people with body lifts will need them!!
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Unread 06-24-2002, 09:41 AM   #5
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Go buy a new clutch rod from either 4WD Hardware, Quadratec or Rosser. Cut the rod about 2" above the lower pivot point. Use 2 pieces of 1" angle iron to reattach the clutch rod pieces back together, spacing them appart as appropriate for you're bodylift. I have a 1" bodylift and this is what i've done, with no problems. There should be a local welding shop that can do the welding and cutting for you if you do not have the tools. Here's a picture of my clutch rod:
<img src="http://www.members.tripod.com/jeepitup/2c7c8960.jpg" alt="" />
If you would like a higher resolution picture, email me and I will send it to you.
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Unread 06-25-2002, 06:57 AM   #6
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Thanks for the help everybody!! My husband went to George's 4wheel parts and service yesterday. George fixed me right up on the spot. They cut the good top portion off my rod and a good bottom portion off one he had with a little extra length. He dropped what he was doing and welded it up right then. He reinforced the little nubs on the end that were worn. He is awesome. He only charged me $25, which I think is great. Anyone in the northeast part of Cincinnati should look George up. He loves Jeeps and seems to really know his stuff.
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