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post #1 of 8 Old 02-19-2015, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Cable Clutch Conversion?

I am considering converting my 74 CJ5 (AMC 360) to a cable clutch to eliminate the clutch linkage binding up when the frame flexes. Does any one have a parts list or is there a kit available to make this conversion?
Any help would be appreciated.....TIA

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-19-2015, 08:33 AM
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When I bought my 73 it had a cable and to be honest it sucked, it broke and was lucky enough to fix on the trail, then ended up having to replace it with one I had Fleetpride custom make and that one only lasted 9 months and that one broke, they were both extreme duty cables, so I ended up making up my own linkage, been fine now for 4-5 years, I know I wouldn't go back. I have never had a flexing / clutch issue with my linkage, but that is just me.
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The more I look into the cable idea the less I like it.....lots of breakage. So, how about the hydraulic clutch set ups, any thoughts on that? Does anyone make a "Kit" to confront the linkage to hydraulics?
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-19-2015, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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should be "convert the linkage"
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-19-2015, 09:30 AM
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The hydraulic system is standard on the 4 cyl 80's CJ. There is a lot of info on Google for that, I used a few pages from a coupe search results when I converted mine. I used the stock replacement master cyl, but used adapters and some braided stainless line instead of the stock line. The slave for mine is a Novak part, but I am using a Ford 302 bellhousing, where on the AMC I believe you can just adapt the CJ's slave to the 258/304 housing. I also sourced a YJ Clutch pedal, as the mechanical vs hydraulic pedal is different. The mechanical pedal can be adapted, but I figured I'd go the easy route and just swap pedals. You don't have to change out the whole pedal ***'y, either. A snapring on the shaft and the pedals slide off. I drilled/tapped my 'new' one for a grease fitting while it was off, as I hear the bushings wear over time and mine were still good - I figured a shot of grease now and then wouldn't hurt. I will say, my mechanical had needle bearings instead of bushings, don't know if that was an original thing or not.

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post #6 of 8 Old 02-19-2015, 11:00 AM
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I would do the hydraulic option if you're going to do a conversion.

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post #7 of 8 Old 02-19-2015, 04:35 PM
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RLPII, I just noticed that your username looked familiar - my initials except for the 'II'.

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-20-2015, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the info and comments.....sounds like the hydraulic is the way to go. Will need to do some research so might be awhile!
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