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Re: CJ-7 - How much to expect for clutch replacement?
Clutch chatter should be worse in high range as there is more load on the engine, not being geared as low. It's like driving away from a stop in second gear, less mechanical leverage, so more clutch slippage and abuse.
If it is your clutch, be sure to replace the throwout bearing, pilot bushing or bearing and have the flywheel resurfaced. You will need to either pull the motor, or drop the tranny and transfer case. Your choice. If you've never had the crossmember / skid plate off before, perhaps pull the motor, and change the rear main seal at the same time. Oil and clutches don't mix with good results.
Good luck, and you can do it. Rent or borrow a cherry picker and engine stand.