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Old 06-05-2010, 02:13 AM   #1
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Default Fm level 1 clutch swap Initiated, tips / hints?

So I got my brand spankin new fm level 1 clutch about 14 hours ago. I just got home from work and jacked my car up, pulled the console and now it's bed time. Tomorrow morning it's all comin out and hopefully it'll be together and driving down the street by mid afternoon. Any tips or suggestions for accomplishing this task is greatly appreciated.
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Drain your transmission fluid. I thought I could trust a rubber glove and some rubber bands on the transmission output, but ended up with 2qts oil all over the floor. 2qts on a flat surface looks a whoooole lot different than in a bottle. Now would be a fantastic time to upgrade to a stainless steel braided clutch line since the OEM curly-q and 2 brackets can be a huge pain, but you probably don't have time to wait for that. Otherwise, be sure to use some penetrate on the exhaust, driveshaft, PPF, and transmission bolts and everything should go smoothly. Don't forget to put a very thin coat of moly grease on the input shaft and clutch fork tips. Since your not surfacing your flywheel, you should clean it up with some brake cleaner. You should get a helper to lift the transmission while you align the input shaft to make things easier. GL man.
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So everything except 3 bellhousing bolts are out. I'm going for lunch and to the parts store cause I can't find my swivel, so I need to buy one. Any easy tips on removing the top 2 bellhousing bolts? I removed my clutch cylinder, should I remove my starter?
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I took out starter


your swivel and a bunch of extensions(about 2-3ft worth) should give you enough length to get those top bellhousing bolts
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Braineack and I just swapped his clutch and trans this morning. The top 2 bolts just need swivels and extensions. Also when putting the trans back in make sure to jack up the front of the motor.
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Dude, I've got a pretty detailed clutch writeup in the Useful Saved Posts... full of helpful hints. Read it thoroughly.
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Thanks guys. Yo, braineack only lives like 2 hours from me, so get up here and let's drink beer (my treat) and have a clutch swap party!
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I took out starter
Mine is still in. Why take it out?

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your swivel and a bunch of extensions(about 2-3ft worth) should give you enough length to get those top bellhousing bolts
I used two swivels and long exts. All from below as my coolant reroute is VERY incompatible with removing the bell housing bolts from above.
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Thanks guys. Yo, braineack only lives like 2 hours from me, so get up here and let's drink beer (my treat) and have a clutch swap party!
There's no way Arlington is only 2 hours from you. What town are you in again?
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Mine is still in. Why take it out?


I used two swivels and long exts. All from below as my coolant reroute is VERY incompatible with removing the bell housing bolts from above.

Took the 2 bolts holding the starter in and it fell off all by itself.

Never thought of 2 swivels.... i end up with about 3-8" extensions the swivel and the socket.... corded electric impact gun driving(one of the best $50 I ever spent)
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It takes me about 1 hour and 15 min to get to Newark, DE. I live near Hamburg, PA. I just got home from the bar and am doin this...get up here!!!
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Took the 2 bolts holding the starter in and it fell off all by itself.
Weird. Starter has 3 bolts on bell housing side and one on engine mount. I could be off one bolt, but it should stay on, I think.
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Thanks guys. Yo, braineack only lives like 2 hours from me, so get up here and let's drink beer (my treat) and have a clutch swap party!
Should have came down to va. Case of beer and it would have been done.
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hell, we would have welded you a new exhaust too.
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Thanks guys. Yo, braineack only lives like 2 hours from me, so get up here and let's drink beer (my treat) and have a clutch swap party!
Hamburg, PA is closer to 3 hours away...It would take longer to drive up there than it took for us to swap my clutch AND trans.
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All I know is I'm wasted right now. The clutch is in, the bellhousing is bolted up, and I went out on the town.
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Come up in about 7 hours...(8am). And help me get everything bolted up so I can datalog it to work tomorrow. I leave for work around 1pm.
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Have johnwags do it, that's what i just did
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Come up in about 7 hours...(8am). And help me get everything bolted up so I can datalog it to work tomorrow. I leave for work around 1pm.

I aint touching another car again for a while; that means your engine swap shueinds...
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It's 2:16 am...I'm layin in bed...someone has to be down with the sickness....Y8S? Brain? Expensive beer and meats and cheeses awaits!
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