Originally Posted by 350chevrolet
clutch change out in these things can easily be done in a day even if you havnt dropped the trans n the jeep before. id say a shop will want somewhere between 750-1000 so even if you have to buy a few extra tools that you dont have you still come out on top and you get the satisfaction of doing it yourself.
X2. I'm a geezer with gray hair, had never replaced a Jeep clutch before (only in a VW beetle), and I did mine in a very full day.
The only special tools I recommend that most guys don't have would be #1 a transmission jack like you can get from Harbor Freight Tools for $60 or so. And #2, E-10 and E-12 torx-bit adapters (like sockets) for your ratchet wrench. The t-case and tranny have E-10 and E-12 reversed torx bolts holding them at the top so these little sockets sold at places like NAPA are needed. Oh yeah, long extensions (several feet worth) to make it to the torx-head bolts (they look like they have a torx bit sticking out) from where you'll be able to turn the wratchet wrench.
One last thing... the kit will come with a new pilot bearing. I wouldn't bother replacing the existing pilot bearing that is at the center of the flywheel. Just pack a little fresh grease into its roller bearings that are easily accessible. It's kind of a PITA to get the bearing out and mine was still fine at even 168,000 miles when I replaced my clutch. Near as I can tell, the pilot bearing only spins while you're stepping down on the clutch pedal.