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    Default Who's done a DIY clutch replacement?

    Been spending a few quid getting my Vec back up to scratch recently. Poor girl had been neglected for too long!

    All the springs and shockers are new now, so are several other suspension parts (upper control arms, drop links, ARB bushes front and back etc) and I've replaced various bits of broken trim.

    Engine is well serviced and runs smooth as silk so the next thing to do is renew the clutch (it's working but the bite is high and it suffers from the classic judder when cold...)

    Been wondering about replacing it myself but not sure if it's a realistic job for a DIY mechanic. I've got plenty of experience (all of the above was done by me, as well as various small engine stripdowns, and larger engine head gaskets, cam-belts etc in the past) but I've never tackled a clutch...

    Is it worth me attempting or should I just accept that it's one thing that I've got to leave to the pros?

    What tools will be required that I'm not likely to own?

    Cheers guys!

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    If you've done head gaskets an timing belts you can do a clutch no problem at all.

    if your only changing clutch you'll probably get away with just moving box back a bit.

    no special tools required unless you want to get a clutch alignment tool.

    would recommend an impact wrench if you don't already own one

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    Cheers Critch!

    Clutch aligning tools don't look too expensive so I'll definitely get one...

    I've not got an impact wrench yet, but been thinking of getting one for a while. Keep seeing the the electric and cordless tools advertised, but are they worth getting, or is it always going to be better to invest in a compressor and air tooks?

    Thanks!

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    I will doing my DMF and clutch soon, once I can free up a day or two. Haven't done a clutch for years but feel pretty confident doing it.

    As for impact wrench, I bought a Clarke one from Machine Mart and its really done its job, they are punting 20% off vouchers around so keep an eye out

    http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...-impact-wrench

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    No farely cheap mate. Can be done by eyesight or with a bar and socket. But its always good to have an excuse to buy new tools lol

    The battery powered ones are awesome mate but like anything you get what you pay for.

    Ive got a snap on one that I use all day everyday in work. An so long as battery's charges theirs not much it doesn't undo

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    Quote Originally Posted by golfpro View Post
    I will doing my DMF and clutch soon, once I can free up a day or two. Haven't done a clutch for years but feel pretty confident doing it.

    As for impact wrench, I bought a Clarke one from Machine Mart and its really done its job, they are punting 20% off vouchers around so keep an eye out

    http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...-impact-wrench
    I bought the same one a few months ago and it's been a life saver - used it the other day to undo a really tight front wheel bearing nut and it flew off as well as large suspension leg bolts that were badly corroded - well worth the money - but get a set of impact sockets to go with it !

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