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post #1 of 9 Old 02-06-2010, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
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How long does a clutch change take on average?

For me, it's been nearly two years. Distraction after distraction has kept me from getting my clutch and transmission back in.

The bad things about the length of time I have let lapse:

No Jeepin'!
I forgot how a lot of the linkages go together and what bolts go where.

Luckily, I was smart enough to put everything in ziplock bags and clearly label them, so it should be fairly simple to figure it out.

Transmission and transfer case go in tomorrow, get their fluids changed. I'm not going to say that I'll have it running and driving tomorrow, but I hope that will happen this week.

Funny story that got me back under my Jeep is that I finally got enough money to put into the rear end of my pickup to take some crap to the dump, so it's in the shop as we speak. My roommate tells me he enlisted in the Army and he needed some money to pay off a fine, then offers me his '03 TJ for a grand. I'd have been an idiot to pass it up so I bought it. Now I have far too many vehicles for my own good and have to sell something. I was thinking of offing my CJ, but now I think I'll axe the truck.

I love my Jeep too damn much.

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-06-2010, 06:10 AM
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I changed the clutch in my cj5, total time probably 5 or 6 hours. I spread that over a few days. I had to have the flywheel re-surfaced, took a day for that. Make sure all of your new parts are what you need before you put it back together. The pilot bushing that came in my kit was not the correct one. It was too small for the input shaft on the transmission. Probably lost an hour or so messing with that. Experience is the greatest teacher.
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post #3 of 9 Old 02-06-2010, 06:24 AM
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Yes... make sure you have all the parts. I went to do mine, the kit had everything in it except the plastic alignment tool. Napa had to send back the whole kit as faulty, two days later I put it in.
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post #4 of 9 Old 02-06-2010, 06:57 AM
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I last did mine in the driveway in an ice storm. A couple other Jeepers showed up at 6:00 AM after I got off work and we used a handy shade tree for a hand winch to pull the engine out to do the clutch from the front. We were done before lunch.

Make sure you get the correct fluids in your T5 and Dana 300, they don't take the same stuff. Well, they 'can' both take the same stuff but.

The T5 needs a GL3 or GL4 rated gear oil so the syncros don't get harmed which is hard to find. The Dana 300 has no syncros so it can use the more common GL5 rated fluid, same as the differentials use.

Napa sells this gear oil that works: SAE 85w90 Gear Oil GL4 (also meets GL3), Part #SL24239.

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I spanned mine out into about 4 days. This included opening the t4 and d300 for inspection and flushing out both of them before installing and resurfacing the flywheel. The alignment of the clutch with the tool was the hard part. I put it on a little off center and I had to re bolt the flywheel back on about 3 times to get it straight. Good thing I tested it before installing the t4 and d300!

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Thanks for the tips everyone, and Mike, thanks for the P/N! I knew that the T5 needed a different type of gear oil and was worried I wouldn't be able to find it.

1986 CJ7, 4.2L I6, Carter BBD, Rancho 2.5" Lift, Team Rush.

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post #7 of 9 Old 02-06-2010, 08:19 PM
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Did my clutch during my motor swap. That was a 20 hour marathon job including oil pan gaskets, rear main seal, changing trans and tcase, and a few LONG food breaks and parts runs.


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post #8 of 9 Old 02-08-2010, 09:19 AM
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For me, the longest part is the machine shop time. Getting the flywheel surfaced and a new ring gear on takes the shop about 2-days...

Last one I did was in the back yard in the middle of winter. Snow piled up around 3 sides to keep the wind out, warm carharts, and a blanket to lay on...
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-08-2010, 01:13 PM
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3 hours..... don't have pictures of the CJ clutch job, but this is the tranny swap I did in the 75 K10... I LOVE MY SHOP!!!!!
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