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Old 01-13-2012, 04:40 AM   #1
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Clutch install~

Clutch has been chattering for months and the pilot bearing is messed up. I'm looking to buy a clutch soon. I'm looking at aftermarket. Maybe stage 2? I'm looking at doing HP/tq upgrades soon. Any suggestions on this and prices? And for the install.. Is it something I can do myself? I'm relatively good with mechanics and have a good bit of tools.

I had dropped a transfer case out of a Tahoe before.. Similar sizes, eh?
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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You can do it, just be ready to spend some time if you're an average joe with regular tools like me. If you have a friend, the job is much easier. Don't be afraid to do it though, you get a little relieved after the tranny is down and you see everything . Oh and be careful!
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Im not sure about the prices, but AM can help you get an idea of how much and which type best suits your performance needs.

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My opinion, make sure to get a Ford Racing T/O bearing even if the clutch comes with one. It will probably run about an extra 60-70 bucks though.
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I never took out a transmission before to replace a clutch. I took it out and installed it all by myself with little to no problems. My clutch kit came with a TOB but I spent extra $ and bought a centerforce TOB.
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I never took out a transmission before to replace a clutch. I took it out and installed it all by myself with little to no problems. My clutch kit came with a TOB but I spent extra $ and bought a centerforce TOB.
??? How do you change a clutch without dropping the transmission?
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??? How do you change a clutch without dropping the transmission?
I think he meant that changing his clutch was the first time he's ever pulled a transmission. At least I hope that's what he means? If not, then I'd wanna know what that cars running on! Hopes and dreams? Lol
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I see. Sometimes communication by written word is confusing.
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Thanks guys! I feel more confident. I figured it wouldn't be terrible. So I should upgrade the TO bearing? What about the pilot bearing?
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Thanks guys! I feel more confident. I figured it wouldn't be terrible. So I should upgrade the TO bearing? What about the pilot bearing?
If you can get it out. I had a '80 mustang and for the life of me I couldn't get the pilot bearing out. Maybe yours will be easier since its newer.
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If you can get it out. I had a '80 mustang and for the life of me I couldn't get the pilot bearing out. Maybe yours will be easier since its newer.
I have a pair of needle nose vice grips that'll probably work, eh?
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Nah, you're probably going to have to rent a slide hammer/puller from an auto parts store to get it out.
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Nah, you're probably going to have to rent a slide hammer/puller from an auto parts store to get it out.
Ah, that's not a big deal then. But how much does the tranny weigh, I wonder?
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Your mustang is newer so I doubt you'll have any issues.
Transmission weight? Humm... I'm terrible at guessing weight. I can pick one up, no problem. But that's another story when you're lying on your back trying to shove that thing in place. You're gonna need a floor jack.
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Your mustang is newer so I doubt you'll have any issues.
Transmission weight? Humm... I'm terrible at guessing weight. I can pick one up, no problem. But that's another story when you're lying on your back trying to shove that thing in place. You're gonna need a floor jack.
Well we have three floor jacks and six jack stands. Shouldn't be a big deal, haha. I'm a pretty big guy. As long as the trans doesn't weigh over 150lbs.. Shouldn't be a big deal.
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??? How do you change a clutch without dropping the transmission?
Yes I took the tranny all the way out of the car, sorry for the bad wording. You can change out a clutch without pulling tranny but it involves pulling the engine. I'm 170lbs and I was able to manhandle the trans out of the car with the help of a floor jack and put it back in with one as well. The pilot bearing was no problem with the puller and slide hammer autozone loaned me. Good luck if I can do it anyone can.
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Yes I took the tranny all the way out of the car, sorry for the bad wording. You can change out a clutch without pulling tranny but it involves pulling the engine. I'm 170lbs and I was able to manhandle the trans out of the car with the help of a floor jack and put it back in with one as well. The pilot bearing was no problem with the puller and slide hammer autozone loaned me. Good luck if I can do it anyone can.
Thanks! I feel a lot more confident.
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Nah, you're probably going to have to rent a slide hammer/puller from an auto parts store to get it out.
You can also fill the middle of the pb with grease and tap a 3/8 extension with a hammer over the grease filled hole and that will force out the pb.
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Re: Clutch install~

Just get the tool from auto zone, alot easier and cleaner than the grease if you do. All you need is the puller and the slide hammer. And when you return them you get your money back. I tried getting mine out for an hour straight then went and got the tool and got it out in a couple seconeds. Also tilt your motor and trans down a bit so you can get to the bell housing bolts with a LONG extension.

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Oh and I just put 500 miles on my stage 1 exedy cluth and I'm liking it alot so far, very tourquey shifts
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And its not a bad idea to have a Haynes manual for this project as well as other projects for your stang. It can really come in handy sometime.
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I have a pair of needle nose vice grips that'll probably work, eh?
A grease gun works pretty good, squirt grease in the bearing and it will push it right out from behind
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Re: Clutch install~

Thanks for the advice guys! So now on to the next issue: Which type of clutch? I am pretty sure I want to get something a little tougher than stage 1. I will be upgrading the car soon so don't want to have to do this again in the future.. What type of clutch is popular/reliable? What types of clutches do ya'll run? Do you like them? Are they quiet?
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Thanks for the advice guys! So now on to the next issue: Which type of clutch? I am pretty sure I want to get something a little tougher than stage 1. I will be upgrading the car soon so don't want to have to do this again in the future.. What type of clutch is popular/reliable? What types of clutches do ya'll run? Do you like them? Are they quiet?
My car already had a Spec stage 2 and I don't really like it. Reliable and works fine, but its a little noisy and I can smell it after "spirited" driving. I think its just a little cheaper. I plan to replace it with a Ford Racing unit when it goes. No im not slipping the crap out of it either..
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What mods do you plan on doing? Stage one can hold a bit of horse power, and u can still use your stang as a daily driver, with a stage 2 it's going to be rough.
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What mods do you plan on doing? Stage one can hold a bit of horse power, and u can still use your stang as a daily driver, with a stage 2 it's going to be rough.
Forged internals, cams, intake.. Gonna wanna get to it roughly 320-350rwhp.
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Clutch pretty easy? I heard it was just a little toe consuming I jus bought a 97 gt for 1,100 because it needed the clutch
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Clutch pretty easy? I heard it was just a little toe consuming I jus bought a 97 gt for 1,100 because it needed the clutch
As long as it doesn have an obnoxious amount of miles, that is a ****in steal as far as I'm concerned. Good find
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Re: Clutch install~

haha not too bad 195k but runs great with the new tune up, but started the clutch a lot of bolts in hard places.
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