Drop the transmission. They're not that heavy; I can pull and put mine in by myself. The hard part is getting the transmission to clear the crossmember. Some trannys will drop right out while others need to have the cross member "notched" back a bit. You'll need to unbolt the exhaust to get to everything.
Call a couple buddies invite em over for a beer and when they come over act like your workin on the zook and haven problems and they start to help'n move out of the way grab a chair drink your beer and the next thing ya knowthe cluch is in. or if that don't work (never doe's for me they show up after) like cap said drop the tranny. not so bad I've dun both.
I just did mine last weekend, it was easy.
I couldnt believe how light the tranny was.
I did have alittle trubble getin it out , but i just rolled it a little and down it came, went back even easyer......no biggi
You're right about the lightness of the tranny. Here is a pic of when mxnhid and I retrieved the tranny, transfer, and shafts out of a Zuk in the dead of winter. We were on snowshoes as the snow was 5' deep, and we had no trouble at all hoisting everything onto our shoulders and trekking back out.
Oh yeah, the easiest way to change the clutch is to put the Zuk on it's side. No crawling underneath, just unbolt everything at waist height. Just make sure to roll it on the correct side or gas will drip out. It's also handy to drain the oils beforehand, they probably need to be changed anyway. Just use a mattress and you won't wreck anything.
I don't often use internet acronyms.. but LOL!!! that' s some funny sh#$!!! actually... we pulled the motor last night and did it... need to do a head gasket and everything anywayz... so on the bench it goes!