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2002 Mustang GT Clutch Replacement - How Difficult Is It?

ok so here's the deal. My friend wants me to replace the clutch on his 02 GT. I know quite a bit about cars because i've done just about everything on my 1966 mustang. But my question is, "how hard is it to replace the clutch on an 02?" I'm not to familiar with transmissions/clutches but i know the basics. I'm replacing the clutch/pressure plate in my 66, but the engine and trany are out making it much easier to look at and understand. Is clutch replacement in an 02 a big job? How hard is adjustment? What will need to come off the car? Thanks!
And if someone could point me in the right direction for a good clutch that'd be great too.
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Its really not too bad, but a little more of a pita than with the T5 because the bellhousing doesn't separate from the trans, but I did mine in one day in my driveway, with a lift it wouldn't be bad at all assuming you have the right tools. If you search the forum you should find a few write-ups.

This is a decent one from somewhere else...
http://www.badassmustangs.com/forums/drivetrain/mustang_clutch_replacement-t20993.0.html

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Thanks, that webpage gave me a good idea of what it's like. How hard is it to properly adjust the clutch on these? And do you need to put the drive shaft back in with an impact wrench? 1 more question, when you did yours, did you just use jackstands to jack up the front end and pull out the transmission that way?
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I used 4 jackstands and got the whole car up as high as possible (like cheech and chong) and made a sort of cradle for my jack to handle the tranny, I would not recommend doing this yourself, at least physically removing the tranny and reinstalling it, its very heavy, around 120lbs iirc, and can hurt you very bad or kill you. There rest of the job is a one man deal and pretty straightforward. I don't think its even possible to get an impact of the driveshaft bolts, you need to use a box-end wrench and some locktite.
Adjusting the clutch is very easy, you want about 1/4" gap between the throwout bearing and the pressure plate, if you have a firewall adjuster its cake, just pull on the cable with about 20lbs force and tighten the adjuster until you can just fit a dime between the adjusting wheel and base.

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hmmm i'm really not sure what to do here. Do i do it or do i not? haha I'm pretty sure i can do it, but i'm not 100% confident and it's not my car so that makes a huge difference. Did you just replace the clutch and pressure plate or just the clutch? How do you measure 20lbs pressure?
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