Originally Posted by adbradley
Removing and Reinstalling a trans alone is shitty
That's what I was doin... I have this great technique:
I get my harbor freight aluminum "racing" jack and get it under the tranny in the middle. Start by lifting up the tail and sliding the jack in with the other hand (by the side bars).
Then I grab some wood scraps. One 3/4" high and one maybe 1-3/8 to 1-1/2 high (the difference between the filler plug/boss and the bottom of that flat area). I put them under the tranny so it's balanced on the jack. If you do it right, it wont all fall down on your head. It's RELATIVELY stable, but just to be safe, don't hang out under it while you're foolin around with height.
Once it's stable, you can slowly jack it up (6" rearward of normal position so you don't hit the subframe). Then once you're about half way up and the bosses are clear of the subframe, push down on the jack handle to take the weight off the jack's front wheels and walk the tranny forward closer to the motor.
(You should already have the stock scissor jack under the front of the motor to get the right angle or a little more for ease of install)
Continue lifting and walking the tranny forward til you've just got the input shaft within the fingers of the clutch... then slide under the car on your creeper or cardboard (you know, the one you use to practice breakdancing). From there you can continue this process but while you're under the car (from the side!) you can aim the tranny and tweak the angle of the motor.
The acrobatic cool part:
Laying next to the jack, use your right leg to push down on the handle either to jack up or put pressure so you can move the jack. Nudge the jack to move the tranny closer and engage the input shaft. Be VERY careful not to slide the jack out from under the tranny. You can ue safety ropes from above as long as they dont hinder the movement. Also dont drop the PPF on your head.
Once you get closer, start the bolts on top and bottom by hand. Get everything to a stable position with the tranny however far off the motor it is and drop the jack a TINY bit (the bolts should hold the load for now).
Grab the tail of the tranny and the middle near the jack and lift and wiggle til it slips in. if it doesn't go easy, check the space around the top right where the starter is for crap in the way. Also check the metal gasket to make sure it's fully seated on the motor surface. The two bosses are gonna be the key points to watch. Screwdrivers help here.
And that's the best advice I got. Otherwise when you put the alignment tool in, you can wiggle the thing in a circle and the place you want to stop is the center of that circle. That'll make sure the shaft lines up with the bearing instead of heading in at an angle. I think that's where the "pulling it in with the bolts" really makes an adjustment. You're probably realigning the clutch disk.