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Old 10-18-2006, 01:25 PM   #1
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Talking Clutch/Suspension install help

I'm going to do my first WRX clutch/flywheel install on Friday the 27th or Saturday the 28th. I think I've got all the tools I need for it, but it's my first time to pull a WRX tranny, so anyone who would like to come out, offer advice, turn a few wrenches or just hang out is welcome to.

If you have some minor installs you'd like to do, I'm open to it, but I'd like to have it all done before the end of Saturday so I can get the car alligned.

It'll be in Mapleton, which is just south of Provo.

I'll also be installing some STI v7 struts/prodrive springs too, but that's not gonna be a big deal since they're complete assemblies, and I've done it about 10 times already.

I'll provide food and sodas. PM me or respond here if you'd like to come, and I'll give you directions. TIA
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:30 PM   #2
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i know how to do a suspension but not a clutch.
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:44 PM   #3
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ask car_cursed he has plenty of clutch install experiance...
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Old 10-18-2006, 04:01 PM   #4
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The best thing i can tell you is this.
If you dont have experience doing this, take it to a shop and have them do it. In the long run you will save yourself allot of time, headaches, and money.

Kirill

PS. to do a tranny you need to remove the front axles, driveshaft, clutch fork pivot. tranny X member. ect
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Old 10-18-2006, 04:37 PM   #5
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I've read up on it and done clutches on plenty of other cars, just not on a Subaru. I don't think it will be fun, but I know I can do it.
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Old 10-18-2006, 05:28 PM   #6
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The engine rotates so it is really hard to get the tranny to line back up and slide into place unless you rotate the engine. That is the one thing I wish someone would have told car_cursed and I when we put my clutch in.
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Old 10-18-2006, 05:52 PM   #7
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The engine rotates so it is really hard to get the tranny to line back up and slide into place unless you rotate the engine. That is the one thing I wish someone would have told car_cursed and I when we put my clutch in.
You're talking about the front moving up/down right? I figure I'll jack it up slightly in the front to point it down in the rear.
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Old 10-18-2006, 06:08 PM   #8
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exactly.
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:49 PM   #9
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doing these are like doing trannies on RWD cars.
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Old 10-19-2006, 12:08 AM   #10
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I don't even like doing these installs with a lift....hence why I let Josh and Eric do their thing. Eric can do clutches and flywheels in his sleep, the guy is amazing.
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:39 PM   #11
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Don't let them scare you about installing a clutch on your own. It may take a little while, but it's not like you're pulling the entire motor.
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:51 PM   #12
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holy crap paint made a post!!!
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Old 10-19-2006, 07:09 PM   #13
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Josh at cobb is da mang!!
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Old 10-19-2006, 08:13 PM   #14
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:13 PM   #15
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Don't let them scare you about installing a clutch on your own. It may take a little while, but it's not like you're pulling the entire motor.
I'm using this as training.....for when my EJ207 goes in. If my motor wasn't sitting in Texas right now, I'd probably just drop it in with the clutch/flywheel on it.

BTW- anyone is welcome to drop by and not feel obligated to help. I haven't met any of you guys yet and would like to put faces with names.
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:14 PM   #16
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The Azn boy above just loiters in any garage he enters...no work can be expected of him....LOL

He only loses tools or breaks them...LOL
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:15 AM   #17
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Old 10-21-2006, 06:17 PM   #18
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Well it looks like there may be snow coming Wednesday-ish, so I may do it then because I can't work when it's snowing.
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:16 PM   #19
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Wish me luck! I'm gonna start tonight.
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Old 10-26-2006, 05:21 PM   #20
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I started this morning at 8:30, and the tranny just came off right now. I hope I can get it stabbed by myself!
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Old 10-26-2006, 05:55 PM   #21
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I did mine at a dealer myself with good tools and a lift and it took 4.5 hours for me (amature). You will need help lifting it up and putting it back in. Things never line up right and it is pretty heavy to be sitting there trying to make it all fit, even on a tranny lift.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:33 PM   #22
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^ Yep. This thing is kicking my butt. I can't get it to go closer than about 3/4" shut. I'm thinking about using the bolts to pull it the rest of the way. I used the clutch alignment tool that came with it, so it should be aligned. I am beginning to understand why people get with clutch installs.
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Old 10-27-2006, 09:19 AM   #23
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did you remember to tilt the engine back, because when installing it it shifts forward and will not go in all the way.
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:33 AM   #24
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Yep, the motor is jacked up and tilted back.
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Old 10-27-2006, 12:00 PM   #25
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just run the bolts in the rest of the way. my last one did the same thing. I could get one side in pretty much all teh way but the passanger side didn't want to go in. I used a socket not my air gun just in case. If it feels like it isn't going don't force it. Just don't force them. Just don't force them. Just don't force them.
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