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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-05-2005, 12:51 PM
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check your clutch linkage...

I decided to replace the clutch linkage because the peddle was hard to push in & this is what I found when I started ripping old parts out (see attachments)
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Re: check your clutch linkage...

2nd pic (other end of the rod)
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Re: check your clutch linkage...

It just goes to show... twice a year ( I do it early spring and late fall ) crawl around, in, under the Jeep to note what needs to be repaired and why. Then you just prioritize the list and start wrenchin'.

A little preventative maintenance goes a long way... which is what you want your Jeep to do.
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Re: check your clutch linkage...

That brings back some memories. My '48 cj2a snapped that same rod shortly afer coming off a steep hill, so steep and slick we had to back out of it. When it snapped I was in reverse and Ryan was behind me in his new TJ. Needless to say it took off after him. I got it shut down before I hit him, but thinking of how close it was to snapping on the side of that hill, with a drop of about 20' into the lake beside me, was pretty scary.
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Re: check your clutch linkage...

yup, I cought mine at about the same point you did
scary when you think about it
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Re: check your clutch linkage...

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I decided to replace the clutch linkage because the peddle was hard to push in & this is what I found when I started ripping old parts out (see attachments)

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Hmmm that was one of your first posts... little did I know that you were going to die if you didn't get busy....

<u>new to CJ's...few Q's</u>

See this is the place !

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Re: check your clutch linkage...

Mine looked like that a couple years ago. I checked it again last week and it still looks brand new. Now it's the part that it goes into thats all hogged out. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] It's got enough time to wait for good weather till I tear it apart to reweld. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: check your clutch linkage...

i even ordered that exact kit you posted & let it site around for 2 weeks...the thought of the rod breaking never even occured to me

the bright side is the clutch peddle works awsome now (after i i took the main pivot housing off & installed it the right way... [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: check your clutch linkage...

Yup, looks just like mine. (I mean the way they were... not as they are now...)

I've been trying to figure out who the 'rocket scientist Jeep engineer' was that designed that linkage. Why use a system that is bound to wearout like that?

I was thinking of replacing the friction-points w/ heim joints or using a small bearing to eliminate the wear. Make sense?
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Re: check your clutch linkage...

You can actually drill out the plates on the bellcrank and put in bushings (ALA Hurst shifter bushings)

Something like these

Or from Summit Racing in either nylon or steel.
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