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I am becoming optimistic on replacing the clutch myself. Anyone know of such a article?
 

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Dont get frustrated it is a simple job overall. I just read my manual and talked to a couple of guys to see if there was anything to make it easier. The hardest part was pulling and putting the tranny\transfer unit out\in due to its weight. I got a tranny cage to fit my jack and had one person to help me. I pulled the unit with the crossmember attached and it was a bit easier instead of taking it all off.
The next hardest was pulling the pilot bearing and everyone has thier own way but overall you will need a bearing puller for it, I made a slide puller out of parts I had around, no grease mess either, also replace your rear main seal while you are in there, its behind the press. plate, have that resurfaced also.
From start to finish my 1st time was about 5 hrs as I wanted to do everything good while I was at it, at home in my garage. A good shop can do it in an hour, you will pay for it though.
Make sure you mark your driveshafts before you pull them off. I hope this all wont stop you from doing it, overall its only a 2 wrencher out of a 5. The top two bolts\nuts on the tranny arent that hard to pull, just use an extension to get at em. I also had a section of 1" pipe about a foot long for that extra muscle-torque.
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Originally posted by 5spd:
<STRONG>Dont get frustrated it is a simple job overall. I just read my manual and talked to a couple of guys to see if there was anything to make it easier. The hardest part was pulling and putting the tranny\transfer unit out\in due to its weight. I got a tranny cage to fit my jack and had one person to help me. I pulled the unit with the crossmember attached and it was a bit easier instead of taking it all off.
The next hardest was pulling the pilot bearing and everyone has thier own way but overall you will need a bearing puller for it, I made a slide puller out of parts I had around, no grease mess either, also replace your rear main seal while you are in there, its behind the press. plate, have that resurfaced also.
From start to finish my 1st time was about 5 hrs as I wanted to do everything good while I was at it, at home in my garage. A good shop can do it in an hour, you will pay for it though.
Make sure you mark your driveshafts before you pull them off. I hope this all wont stop you from doing it, overall its only a 2 wrencher out of a 5. The top two bolts\nuts on the tranny arent that hard to pull, just use an extension to get at em. I also had a section of 1" pipe about a foot long for that extra muscle-torque.
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Most of this is good advice. The only thing that I see wrong is the rear main seal is behind the flywheel not the pressure plate. While you have the flywheel off HAVE it re-surfaced.
 

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how hard is it to replace the rear main seal? And why should I?
Also, should i go ahead and pick up a manual?
 

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A good manual is always handy to have, and as far as the rear main, since your that close, its good to change it, it sucks to oil down your new clutch.
 

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Really good advise....
The rear main seal my/my not need to be replaced, but the theory is...while you're down there, may as well replace it..." they don't cost much.
the fly-wheel...should always be re-surfaced, most part-stores can do it from anywhere between $15-$30 on the same day. When I replaced mine, it was cheeper and faster to buy a new one $28(Napa)then to re-surface + the wating time.
Mine only took me about 4 hours, it was also the first time on my truck...

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Another commonly overlooked seal that could oil down your clutch is the front input shaft seal on you tranny. In fact it is more likely that a leaky seal there would ruin the clutch than a rear main. Replace them both. And like they said, get a good manual and read the directions.
 
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