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Old 02-24-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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How long does it take to replace a clutch? I did it once before but I don't remember how long it took because I was multi-tasking on that one.

This time it will be in a shop (lift, air tools, the works) and I will only be doing the clutch replacement. The reason I ask is that I get out of work at 3, and the shop closes at 8, so really only have 5 hours including clean-up. I will have a second set of hands joining me at 5:30 or so.

Having done it once before, I sort of know what to expect, but it was a number of years ago and I was really just helping somebody else who knew what they were doing.

Worst case I can leave the car overnight and come back on Saturday, but I have other plans on Saturday (and I'd have to pay extra to leave the car overnight) so I really want to do it on Friday evening.
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dedicated clutch job with air tools and helper. 3 hours tops start to finish; if you know what youre doing.
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dedicated clutch job with air tools and helper. 3 hours tops start to finish; if you know what youre doing.
Well if I help we can do it in 2 hours.
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Well if I help we can do it in 2 hours.
Want to come to Maine tomorrow afternoon?
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Jesus, I gotta save all your asses. I help, we can do it in five minutes, man.
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Want to come to Maine tomorrow afternoon?
Sorry I am going to the track to volunteer so I get cheaper track time in the fall.

If you have air tools and a lift it is not that hard. Just make sure you go to harbor freight and pick up lots of impact extensions and wobbles.
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How about just a lot of extensions and a U-joint? What do you mean by wobbles? Is that the u-joint, or the kind of extension that allows a little bit of play?
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I use This and this and it makes the job a piece of cake.
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u-joint IMHO makes it easier.
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It took me 5 hours the first time I ever did one with the help of a buddy. I had no air tools and really no idea which extensions I needed. Just had an electric impact.

I think my 2nd one took me a little over 3 hours. Air tools plus a fuzzy idea of the job. And that job included "refinishing" the flywheel, not just swapping in a pre-bearing'd light one. So much easier than the first job.

And this was with shitty jack stands and my garage. A shop with a lift and helper? 2 hours sounds possible.
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And I agree on the u-joints. I like them more than wobbles.
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you only have to do it when they go out!
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I did one in Matt Andrews' car in 30-minutes and I'm not joking, we should have video taped it. With the V8R subframe brace, holy **** it's easy.
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I can have the trans down in about an hour now. That's on my back with an impact.
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I clearly wasn't as familiar with the job as I thought I was, it ended up taking me quite a long time. It didn't help that I couldn't get the exhaust off, which made getting the trans out even more difficult. I also had trouble getting all the little brackets for the clutch line and wiring harness back in the right spots. I finally got it though, and the clutch feels pretty similar to the stock one, except that it takes up a lot closer to the floor than stock.
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how long did it take rookie?
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It's hard to say exactly. I started Friday afternoon, then the garage closed so I had to wait until Saturday to start again, and I took a couple breaks, but I'm guessing it was somewhere around 7 hours.
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