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    Default Clutch replacement... any hints?

    so im going to start stripping the car this weekend to replace the clutch but was wondering if anyone has an insight to any tricks to simplify the job.
    Im not bothered by all the bit that need removed... its just a big mechano set afterall and wont be my first clutch job.... just first VXR.
    Not planning to beat any speed records and rush the job as ive to take the old clutch to a specialist for a custom job so im going to take a couple of weekends and do lowering springs.. the gear and diff oils all at the same time.

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    well... day 1.... started at 9.30am with just a trolley jack... ramps and axle stands plus an assortment of tools.
    tea break at 11ish and lunch at 1.30 or so with a pint chucked in.
    4pm...clutch out... mostly straightforward apart from the rear engine mount blocking access to 2 bellhousing bolts... one for the transfer box and the other just hidden by it.
    could have done with another trolley jack to support the gearbox.
    all done in my gravel driveway.
    clutch plate well worn but caught it before the rivets.
    pressure plate cooked... dmf not too bad.. just needs a bit of a clean and gentle sanding to remove old clutch material.
    ordered the uprated sachs pressure plate... £335 delivered from Germany.
    getting a custom organic plate made next week along with a new slave
    so.... if i had all the parts in advance i could probably have finished the rebuild in a day... albeit by sunset as such.
    garages should be much faster so why do they all quote 2 days
    Last edited by genman; 20th April 2018 at 05:46 PM.

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    anyone already have the Sachs reinforced Ckutch Pressure Plate... mine arrived and it doesnt look to be self adjusting.... is however vastly more impressive quality than the OEM Sachs plate i took off and has massively improved clamping springs.... just curious long term how the clutch pedal behaves as the friction plate wears.... cant see the back plate ever wearing out

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    i got my clutch plate relined with a kevlar type material... £50....workshop mated it to my backplate and tested it to 500ft lbs... bargain.
    The stock backplate tested to 450 so its being kept as a backup

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    so all rebuilt and wasnt too bad... glad i did it.
    clutch is a curse to bleed and the suspension alignment just needs dialed back in but the new clutch feels great

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