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    It is time for a new clutch!

    First off i am not very familiar with manual transmissions too well, and i have never replaced a clutch.
    I have quite a few questions to ask, but first ill let you know all the specs and limitations i have. i have a 1998 z28 with 126xxx miles, fourth gear grinds sometimes (i need input on on how to fix), the clutch does not engage till almost the top of the pedal which is why i am assuming i need a new clutch.
    Tho the clutch isn't slipping yet.

    My questions are what clutch set up should i get? Should i replace the flywheel or get it resurfaced? keep in mind this is a daily driver, i dont really want a huge upgrade but something better than stock that is affordable.

    Are there any special tools that will be needed?

    Rear main seal gasket is leaking can i replace this easily while the new clutch is being put in?

    let me know and i thank all you awesome members of LS1.COM

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    Yes do the rear main at the same time. For a clutch replacement on these cars you need a new clutch disc, pressure plate, flywheel, GM slave cylinder, and pilot bearing. Don't cut corners and do it any other way unless the labor is free and you don't mind doing it again if something happens.
    I'll recommend you get the LS7 clutch kit from KYSpeed.com. They are a sponsor here. The kit is very affordable and comes with a Pressure Plate, Disc & Flywheel. You'll have to piece together the slave cylinder and pilot bearing to complete the job. I think KYspeed can get those as well.

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    Forgot to mention, the LS7 clutch holds more horsepower but feels like stock.

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    Seems like everything i am looking for thank you

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    Just let me know if we can help out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marksls1ta View Post
    Just let me know if we can help out.

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    That would be great, can you give me a price on everything i will need for this kit? I mean every thing that you carry for this swap gaskets and all.
    if you could just provide me a list and price and ill start saving, should take me about 2 months to come up with the cash.

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    how do you know for sure when your clutch is bad? my clutch lets out towards the top of hte pedal, but it never slips. i can spin the tires in 1st, and get a pretty good spin in second.

    also, if im going slow in 1st with the clutch engaged, i can floor it and still spin the tires.




    sorry for the hijack.

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    Your 4th gear grinding is probably a transmission issue. Grinding is usually indicative of synchro keys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer J View Post
    how do you know for sure when your clutch is bad?
    If it slips, then its bad. If it doesn't slip but you are having other issues with the clutch action (high or low release points, doesn't fully disengage, etc) then its probably not the clutch itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    If it slips, then its bad. If it doesn't slip but you are having other issues with the clutch action (high or low release points, doesn't fully disengage, etc) then its probably not the clutch itself.

    it hold fine....i think.

    no engagment problems. just a sticky pedal a few times. but i jst did the clutch fluid change this weekend. took 4 times to get the fluid to stay clear. (suck, wipe, fill, pump, check.....repeat)

    what could cause a higher release point?

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