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Re: Doing the clutch
Did my first clutch last December; not that bad of a job. My CJ had T4 and 258.
Definately remove driveshafts and get them out of the way. Mine were held to the yoke with straps (as opposed to u-bolts), used a 1/4" 12 point socket to take out the little bolts. If memory serves they were actually external torx bolts, but the 1/4 12 point worked fine.
Don't think you have to unbolt the bellhousing. I swapped in a T-18, so had everything out and apart.
Lots of socket extensions and universal 9/16" and 1/2" sockets will come in handy. It's helpful to have another set of hands under there when you're putting it back together. One person to put in bolts and one to benchpress tranny and T.C.
Replace the throwout bearing. They are cheap, and it's way to much work to do it again just for the bearing.
Lowering the transmission slightly made it easier to get to the top bolts in the bellhousing. I actually dropped it all the way down (just the motor mounts holding everything) to get to the last two bolts.
82 CJ7, 258, T-18, 4" BDS, York air, Warn 9500Hsi