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Old 08-10-2015, 05:06 PM   #1
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Unhappy Clutch Gone

So my clutch went, and I'm thinking the flywheel is gone too. If I leave it in gear it'll still roll backwards down my driveway, and I can't even get it to turn over.

A couple of my friends are suggesting I take it to Cobb to get fixed, and a couple others are saying to buy a new clutch/plate and flywheel and try to do it myself.

I'm not too worried about trying to do it myself. I'm more worried about not having the tools and time to do it. My neighbor has a pretty good selection of tools and such, I was thinking offer him a case of beer and ask if I can borrow some of them.

On the side of taking it to a professional shop, does anyone have suggestions other than Cobb? I'm just trying to weigh my options.

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Old 08-10-2015, 05:18 PM   #2
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What is your current performance envelope? Do you have any plans on increasing your car's power output?
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:40 PM   #3
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Doing it yourself can save you over a grand but it is time consuming, and difficult if you don't have everything you need.
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:59 PM   #4
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What is your current performance envelope? Do you have any plans on increasing your car's power output?
So far the only plans for the next few years would be Stage 2. After that, we work on getting the wife a car with less than 300k miles before I get to do anything crazy.

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Doing it yourself can save you over a grand but it is time consuming, and difficult if you don't have everything you need.
My neighbor has plenty of tools. I know he has at least an engine hoist. That may be a little overkill for a clutch replacement, but if he's got something like that I'm sure he's got at least something I can borrow to get the job done. He's the kind of guy that has a new project car in his garage every other week.
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:10 PM   #5
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I ask because you could just get a factory clutch put in. Any place can do that. As for doing the clutch job yourself, if you don't have a lift, doing a clutch job from underneath the car, on your back, is terrible. To put it lightly, it sucks.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:29 PM   #6
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For me its easier to pull the engine to do the clutch vs dropping trans and doing it from your back. A Subie engine is really easy to pull. Do it yourself and save money. If you really want to take it to a shop check out PRE Racing or Cobb. You will feel more accomplished doing it yourself and might learn a thing or two.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:34 PM   #7
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I ask because you could just get a factory clutch put in. Any place can do that. As for doing the clutch job yourself, if you don't have a lift, doing a clutch job from underneath the car, on your back, is terrible. To put it lightly, it sucks.
Like I said, the neighbor has an engine hoist. It may be overkill, but it might be better than being on my back. The question is whether it's more troublesome to remove the entire engine or to try and do more labor intensive work on my back, or just suck it up and admit that I may be out of my element and take it to a shop.

I put a catback on by myself without a lift, it was difficult trying to wriggle that thing in there on my back, probably took way longer than it would if I had swallowed my pride and asked for a hand.

But otherwise, I'd like to be able to say that I do most of the work on my own car. So with that I'm leaning towards doing it myself, but like I said, I may be out of my element.
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:28 PM   #8
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Depending on my schedule id be happy to help you and walk you through it. Ive done a few and everytime I pull the engine. Its just easier IMO. Also, a catback is nothing compared to doing the clutch a pulling the engine.
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:42 PM   #9
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Depending on my schedule id be happy to help you and walk you through it. Ive done a few and everytime I pull the engine. Its just easier IMO. Also, a catback is nothing compared to doing the clutch a pulling the engine.
Sometimes I think it'd be easier to pull the engine, maybe next time; paid a shop too much money for mine then did my wife's wrx myself the hard way.
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:08 PM   #10
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Depending on my schedule id be happy to help you and walk you through it. Ive done a few and everytime I pull the engine. Its just easier IMO. Also, a catback is nothing compared to doing the clutch a pulling the engine.
Oh I imagine the catback is a cakewalk compared to the clutch. I'll have to get the parts ordered up, I'm still shopping around for a clutch and flywheel and taking recommendations. When I do get one in I'll ask my neighbor if I'll be able to use his tools and plan from there.
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