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Ok, so this isnt a question, i guess its more of a comment, but yesterday me and a buddy pulled the transmission out to put a new clutch in, and all we had to lower it was floor jacks, WHAT A PAIN IN THE A**. We got it out with out any damage and only a few scrapes and bruises. Im not sure how most folks do it, this is my first trans. removal, but for better or worse we left the transfer case bolted to the trans. At one point we had to re-adjust a jack, and because im an idiot i volunteered to hold up the back of the transfer case while my buddy re positioned the back jack, and he accidentally lowered it when he moved it. So im gonna have bruises on my knees where my elbows rested for the 10 seconds that I became the second floor jack. But all in all it was educational. I found out if it was as simple as just taking out the tranmission, it would be relatively easy, but with the exhaust, driveshafts, starter, shifter knob, and all the other stuff in the way, it was way more difficult. A buddy of mine is close friends with the guy that owns the carquest down here, so hes gonna politely re-surface my flywheel today so we can put it all back together. Anybody got any good suggestions or pointers for getting it back in? 90% of the re-install will be easier than the disassembly, but actually getting the transmission back to the motor will be difficult. Any suggestion or comments would be great, because any more cuts or bruises and im gonna look like a boxer after a fight:hehe::doh:
 
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Ok, so this isnt a question, i guess its more of a comment, but yesterday me and a buddy pulled the transmission out to put a new clutch in, and all we had to lower it was floor jacks, WHAT A PAIN IN THE A**. We got it out with out any damage and only a few scrapes and bruises. Im not sure how most folks do it, this is my first trans. removal, but for better or worse we left the transfer case bolted to the trans. At one point we had to re-adjust a jack, and because im an idiot i volunteered to hold up the back of the transfer case while my buddy re positioned the back jack, and he accidentally lowered it when he moved it. So im gonna have bruises on my knees where my elbows rested for the 10 seconds that I became the second floor jack. But all in all it was educational. I found out if it was as simple as just taking out the tranmission, it would be relatively easy, but with the exhaust, driveshafts, starter, shifter knob, and all the other stuff in the way, it was way more difficult. A buddy of mine is close friends with the guy that owns the carquest down here, so hes gonna politely re-surface my flywheel today so we can put it all back together. Anybody got any good suggestions or pointers for getting it back in? 90% of the re-install will be easier than the disassembly, but actually getting the transmission back to the motor will be difficult. Any suggestion or comments would be great, because any more cuts or bruises and im gonna look like a boxer after a fight:hehe::doh:
That sucks.. I know what you were feeling, I have had to do it that way before, several times. Get a transmission jack. They are about 200 bucks and you can use it for many years to come. You can get one with hold down chains and lots of adjustments, tiltable, up, down, side to side, you can get one that allows you to adjust it all over the place. Really handy. Or rent one.
 
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A buddy of mines has a transmission jack, im borrowing it to put the tranmission back in. Hopefully that will make it alot easier.
 

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NV5600s are heavy enough to kill if they drop.

strap it on tightly

second what black01 said^
You aint lyin man! Good god, the transmission and transfer case combo is ridiculous!
 

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I had to pull my CJ tranny out with just floor jacks, and I must say you are a brave man to do this on a NV! I bet yall freaked out when it came unhooked from the motor and lost all of its balance.

I agree, a tranny jack is MUCH MUCH MUCH easier!
 

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Seperate the trans and t-case. An ATV jack works very well if your doing it without a hoist.



 

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So heres an update,we never did get ahold of our buddy that owns the carquest, so all we could do today was put the throw out bearing in and pull the flywheel off, so it will have to be finished tomorrow. Im borrowing a transmission jack, so that will help alot. All in all its been a good learning experience, im glad (kinda, lol) that im doing in and not paying someone else to do it. Ive helped replace clutches because but my dad was a diesel mechanic for 28 years, and one with very little patience for teaching, so within 5 minutes of starting i was flashlight holder. Its nice to know that you can do the work yourself.
 

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What I did was that a short 4x4 block of wood and drilled a hole throught the center. Slip the block into the stud coming off the cross-member mount. With a little playing with it you can get the trans. and transfer case to balance pretty well on the floor jack. Thats what me and my brother did on his and I have to say it was the easiest and quickest clutch swap I've ever done.
 

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Yeah we put one jack towards the front of the transmission and one between the transmission and the transfer case with a 4x4 block of wood about a foot long, so it was under the back of the transmission and the front of the transfer case. It wasnt as hard to balance as i thought it would be. When we started actually lowering it i got behind the transfer case and could balance the whole thing from the back, making sure i didnt have any body parts under it of course.
 

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that is what i was thinking I have one of those ATV lifts from harbor freight, they have a platform on the top that could work pretty darn good, you could use a couple ratchet staps to strap to it, and if you look around you can get those jacks for like $70 new. they are rated at 1500lbs also.
 

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Yeah, I'm coming up on replacing the clutch. I called my dad so he would be ready for it, and he suggested I just take it somewhere rather than risk dropping it. I never thought he would say that about anything vehicle related. I'm thinking I'll do it anyways. 3 floorjacks should be able to move it around however, right?
 

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I'm not sure how different the NV is, but when I dropped my 48RE, I didn't have to remove the starter or exhaust.

And as everyone has said- tranny jack and strap that pig down tight.
 

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Yeah, I'm coming up on replacing the clutch. I called my dad so he would be ready for it, and he suggested I just take it somewhere rather than risk dropping it. I never thought he would say that about anything vehicle related. I'm thinking I'll do it anyways. 3 floorjacks should be able to move it around however, right?
I doubt it, i ended up borrowing a tran jack, we got it out with two floor jacks, but it would never go back in that way...we took the transfer case off and used a trans jack and it was still really difficult to get the shafts to line up...im glad to know i can do it if i have to, but im not sure im gonna do that again, at least not on a 1 ton:doh:

I'm not sure how different the NV is, but when I dropped my 48RE, I didn't have to remove the starter or exhaust.
And as everyone has said- tranny jack and strap that pig down tight.
On the NV the exhaust bracket for the downpipe is bolted on with two of the bolts that hold the transmission to the engine, and i couldnt reach the top bolts on the transmission with the pipe in the way cause of short arms. And the starter is bolted to the bellhousing on the transmission so it had to come off, but the repair manual said to take it out and unhook it, we unbolted it and tied it up and out of the way with baling twine so it didnt take so long to put back in.
 

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Ok, heres the full rundown...so saturday we started the tear down, got the trans out and pulled the clutch and flywheel out, but about an hour too late to get the flywheel turned, and my buddy was gonna do it sunday but that fell through, so all i could do sunday was put the throw out bearing in which took all of 5 minutes, most of that picking up what was left of the old bearing... Monday i got the flywheel resurfaced, put the clutch, flywheel, pilot bearing, pressure plate, wrestled with the transmission for what seemed like hours, got it in, got the transfer case, crossmember, front and rear driveshafts, starter, downpipe, and put the center console and all the other interior parts back together, and the buddy i had helping me went to put the hydraulics back in and didnt line it up right so when he pushed the clutch pedal it pushed the rod out the end. That whole thing is 1 peice deal so you dont have to bleed it but i did have to go buy a new one, but oh well, it probably needed to be replaced anyway.
So for anyone that isnt REALLY good with a wrench or has alot of practice, if you can afford it, i wouldnt do the clutch yourself, it was almost more trouble than its worth....but we got it done and i love this Valair clutch, its the Ceramic/Kevlar rated for 500hp and 1000 tq
 

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goes much better with a heavy duty large commercial tranny jack and a smooth concrete shop floor with lots of light underneath.

you are going to need new high pressure hydraulics with that Valair especially when you add more horseys. won't want to release and shift smoothly at high HP output and high rpm
 

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Will I need to take apart the exhaust and starter with my G56? or is it just the NV5600 that does?
 

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i did mine at work, use 20 ton wheel jacks at all wheels and a 5ton trans jack. Was easy as could be. Saying we remove eaton fullers weighting 1500lbs and dropboxes near 3000lbs, this equipment was OVERKILL!
 

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goes much better with a heavy duty large commercial tranny jack and a smooth concrete shop floor with lots of light underneath.

you are going to need new high pressure hydraulics with that Valair especially when you add more horseys. won't want to release and shift smoothly at high HP output and high rpm
I would have gone with the valair hydraulics but at the moment im BROKE. That and with the mods i have the stock clutch lasted a long time before it even started slipping, so the stock hydraulics should be ok for now. That and when i do get some money im blacking the front end out and getting a flatbed, no more HP in my future:banghead:

i did mine at work, use 20 ton wheel jacks at all wheels and a 5ton trans jack. Was easy as could be. Saying we remove eaton fullers weighting 1500lbs and dropboxes near 3000lbs, this equipment was OVERKILL!
LOL, that would help, i did it in a dimly lit barn with a semi smooth concrete floor, two old floor jacks to get it out, and an old crappy trans jack to get it back in...That and it was the first time ive ever pulled a trans without my dad hovering over me...
 
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