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    Default 02 GT Clutch Replacement

    More time, more maintenance..

    I'm going through the measures of collecting bits to replace my clutch. Going with the Exedy Stage 1 kit, as I've heard good things about it here. Going with a new Fidanza 11" flywheel as well (should be appropriate for a TR3650), as I have no realistic secondary mode of transport, machine shops seem to be fleeting in the city, and the cost for a new flywheel is comparable. New pilot and throw out bearings, new clutch disc and pressure plate, new flywheel, new rear oil seal, new fluid (just ATF, friction modifier recommended?), plenty of loctite; that's the situ atm. Any new bolts strongly recommended? Have some ratchet extensions, with swivel joints in the mail. Working off the AM guide for changing a clutch. I'll try to post updates and pictures, but advice is always welcome. I also notice that all these jobs that should take six hours end up taking me two weeks, but whatevs..

    Anyway, moar to follow..
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    - Get yourself some tall jack stands. The higher the car is, the easier it is to work under.

    - Use a transmission jack. Using a floor jack to guide your trans in & out of position is an accident waiting to happen.

    - I always installed new flywheel & PP bolts on a clutch install. OEM bolts are not expensive.

    - Mercon V trans fluid - no friction modifier.

    - A 3650 clutch job can be a PITA because the bellhousing is part of the trans; unlike a T5 trans. Also, the 3650 is BIG compared to a T5 trans.

    - Check out my posts in these threads....

    http://www.chicagolandmustang.com/fo...ch-for-2000-gt

    http://www.chicagolandmustang.com/fo...smission-Fluid

    http://www.chicagolandmustang.com/fo...ch-replacement

    http://www.chicagolandmustang.com/fo...lutch-Problems


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    Dude before you buy a new one i just took my excedy clutch out of my car..has maybe 15k on it..going automatic in my car clutch has alot.of life left

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    Thanks shorty. Already ordered the new clutch though. If things don't work out, I may be in touch.

    MadMan, thanks for the notes. I'd been looking at a trans mount for the jack, still looking. The jack mount doesn't appear to be modular on mine, but I'm looking at options, including a 2x4 cradle of sorts. Have also built some 2x4 wheel stands in addition to the rhino ramps; not sure if 6" of clearance at each wheel is enough though. And yeah, I watched an LMR vid on 99-04 clutch replacement, but that must have been a T5, as I found no exterior bolts to disconnect the trans from the bell; thanks Ford.. But hey, a challenge is an opportunity.. I guess..

    Anyway, thanks for the tips. I'll check out the links, reach out if I need available parts, and try to put together a coherent experience..
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    Top pic = 3650

    Bottom pic = T5







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    t5’s are ridiculously compact; if only they held up to power :/
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    Quick Q. If I'm replacing the rear oil seal on the engine, do I need to drain the engine oil first? Or is that seal above the resting level (or anything else)?
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    Oil is in the pan, not at crankshaft level.
    Wipe clean seal plate before removing. You don’t want loose dirt falling into the oil pan. Scrape area on block clean with a razor blade & don't allow dirt to fall into oil pan.
    You did buy a OEM seal right?


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    Correct, but this midpipe is slowing down my progress, so not there just yet.. Thanks.
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    Trouble removing the mid pipe?
    Let me guess?
    The pipe to manifold bolts on the right side are tighter then a mo fo?


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