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Old 09-30-2007, 08:44 AM   #1
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Clutch Replacement: DIY or Shop?

Ok, so I'm pretty sure that I burned out my clutch while buried in some mud a couple weeks ago. Is this something I should try to fix myself? I know that it is a fairly intensive project that would require me to drop the transmission and transfer case. I want to do as much work as possible on the jeep, but I don't want to get in over my head. I have some friends that have experience working on cars that are willing to help. To top it all off, my skid plate was welded on by a PO so it will have to be cut off with a plasma cutter to access the tranny and transfer case. Any idea how much this would all cost if I just took it to a shop and told them to fix it? How much would parts cost if I were to do it myself? I have seen kits priced between $150 and $400.

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Old 09-30-2007, 09:44 AM   #2
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parts probably around 200-275
i think that you are better off dropping it off, what is you time worth to you, i know its fun ot work on your jeep, but i dont think this will be fun, rusty and mud and cutting and all on your back, i owuld take it in

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I am thinking about doing it myself with a mechanic that I know... If he is willing

Now about the parts, I looked on Napa's website and I can get a remanufactured clutch set for $154 http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...ch+Set+-+Remfd

I could also get a new clutch kit for about $174.

Would this work for my '78 CJ5 with straight 6 258 mated with a 4 speed tranny? Is there that much of a benefit of upgrading to the hi performance clutches that are available? They cost almost 2x as much...

Also, what does "Borg & Beck Type Clutch" mean? They also have raised diaphragm and optional diaphragm cover models... what do I need?
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I am thinking about doing it myself with a mechanic that I know... If he is willing

Now about the parts, I looked on Napa's website and I can get a remanufactured clutch set for $154 http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...ch+Set+-+Remfd

I could also get a new clutch kit for about $174.

Would this work for my '78 CJ5 with straight 6 258 mated with a 4 speed tranny? Is there that much of a benefit of upgrading to the hi performance clutches that are available? They cost almost 2x as much...

Also, what does "Borg & Beck Type Clutch" mean? They also have raised diaphragm and optional diaphragm cover models... what do I need?

I put a "stage II offroad (quick engagement) clutch" made by "sachs" in my YJ..... It blows, the Throw-out bearing is already shot after 2,500 miles.....

I bought a stock replacement clutch from autozone for $200, made by "duralast".... It has a liftime warranty on it, so if you burn it out, you get a free one (atleast thats what i was told )

Stick with "stock" clutch kits, no need to go performance
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plus in off roading you WANT to slip the clutch not have it bite really hard!
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plus in off roading you WANT to slip the clutch not have it bite really hard!
Yeah I learned the hardway ...... It works great playing in the mud though
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on the cj's your good to do it by yourself. especially if you have a mechanic helping you. they are very very simple to do and can be done on the ground fairly easly. there isn't much wiring.. if you have a bit of mechanical inclination go for it man. as for the type of clutch is your call. theres a guy out of fredrick maryland that does custom hydrolics. he specializes in it, I managed to find a clutch for a 84 subaru rx in a stage 2. I'll try to find the number if your intrested.
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on the cj's your good to do it by yourself. especially if you have a mechanic helping you. they are very very simple to do and can be done on the ground fairly easly. there isn't much wiring.. if you have a bit of mechanical inclination go for it man. as for the type of clutch is your call. theres a guy out of fredrick maryland that does custom hydrolics. he specializes in it, I managed to find a clutch for a 84 subaru rx in a stage 2. I'll try to find the number if your intrested.
Couldn't I just buy a clutch replacement kit from a parts store? I just don't know what the difference is between the differnt kinds they offer.

Another question, does anyone know if there is an access plate on the bellhousing (or thereabout) that would let me see the clutch without having the drop the tranny? I had a friend tell me that there should be, but I haven't been able to make it to go see the jeep yet and probably won't make it until the weekend. My friend says that I might be able to open the access plate and rinse out the mud and that could solve the clutch problem. Any thoughts?
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Do it your self, get a good shop manual or FSM and have at it.
Go with a stock replacment, no need for a race breed setup.
Another thing I'd do is have the flywheel checked.
Didn't see what tranny you have but 4wd.com has kits for Around $110.00.
TO bearings run from $20-$40.

There may be an access plate on the top, pull the shifter cover plate and you should see it.

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