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Ok so my clutch decided to take a crap on me. go figure. eh it was old anyways but this is what I need help on. I dont know how to change out the clutch. call me stupid if you would like but thats the truth. I helped work and swap out a new clutch into my buddies 92 MR2 but thats a rear engine rear wheel drive lol I have a FWD.
So can anyone tell me what i will need(besides the clutch kit) and the quickest way to change it?
I dont wanna pay an extra 100 for a freaking mechanic to change it. especially when I like to do engine stuff myself with my friends.
So please help me. I am buying my clutch thursday, so having the information before that would be nice.
 

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You would be paying more than $100 for a shop to do the job.
I recommend you buy a Haynes or Chiltons manual. They have good illustrated instructions. The forum has plenty of archived data to get you through potential problems like outer wheel nuts, stuck shafts, stripped cross member bolts, etc.
Which clutch kit are you buying?
 

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A mechanic is going to charge alot more than $100 to change the clutch. You pretty much have to remove the transmission from the car though you would have to do that with any car to chance the clutch.
 

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not sure what type of clutch it is going to be. a basic stock one now tho is for sure.


and no I wasnt planning on taking it to a shop I just simply stated lol. I am wanting my brother to help me as he is a mechanic but if he wants to be a selfish idiot and charge me money to work on my car I swear to god I will hit him ^_^ pretty funny eh?

and yes I do have a chiltons manual for my car actually. I will take a peek into seeing how to do it.

My main thing was is there anything I need? like as in fluids and what not?


oh btw I will be taking pictures as a project. I will post them on my car domain account when im done. I might post a couple on here as well
 

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You will need to refill the trans fluid after you drain it prior to removal. I recommend synthetic but ATF will work. The actual capacity is in a recent thread.
You will need a large socket and breaker bar for the wheel nut. The size is here somewhere on the forum. You will basically need a metric socket set for the lower strut bolts, spindles, bell housing etc. A torque wrench. An impact gun would be handy. The clutch kit should come with an alignment tool. The manual will have the torque specs.
A floor jack and jack stands are a must. Ramps won't work because the wheels need to float.
 

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SO I have been shopping around locally for clutches but I am just not buying(I dont get paid til thursday)
Now I have been doing some reading here on the forums and I am liking the way southbend is. Since I autocross my escort a lot I am wanting to go with the Rally series clutch that they have (seeing as thats all the money that I would have available)

My question is tho... should I go with them?
 

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well I talked to Jordan at southbend clutches and it will cost me $210 for the rally Series clutch. so I guess South Bend just got another customer ^_^
 

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Escorgo thanks a bunch for letting me know. instead of paying $210 I only have to pay 188... unless I want it here in 3 days which will cost 211 :/
how long does normal ground take?
 

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It's good to see you're going with a reputable brand.

I just got a South Bend TZ series for my ZX2.
It replaced a two-month-old Duralast clutch.
I wish I'd spent the extra $100 or so for a good clutch the first time....
The TZ rocks!

HTH!

C ya,
Dutch
 

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lol I know I read your post :) its where I got the idea really.
but since im a lil short on cash i am getting the rally series instead of the dxd or tz
(altho they would sure be nice to have :()
 

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ok well I am happy to announce that the clutch should be on its way to its new home :)
If everything goes as planned i should receive the clutch monday and I am going to be putting it in on tuesday.
 

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lol yea I know nut... thats the problem lol we took the long way around. we totally unhooked the motor and then held it by chains on the mr2's bars above the engine than after that we took the transmission off. but If I am right the easier way for me would be what?
(thats mainly what I need help with is how to get to the clutch quicker and easier.)
 

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well I went out and got the manual and have been lookin through it... but gets pretty boring when my clutch still aint here yet :/
 
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