Replacing Nissan Patrol clutch

dom14
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Replacing Nissan Patrol clutch

Unread post by dom14 » April 17th, 2015, 10:01 pm

I'm planning to replace the clutch of my RB30 GQ Patrol manual carby model, sometime soon.

Since I haven't done it on a Patrol before, I would appreciate some helpful advice from the backyard and pro gurus here.

I'm planning to do it myself. I know it's a back breaking job, so I'm dying to get it right with the right clutch kit.

What I don't have is a hoist. But, I can get hold of an engine crane & a transmission jack attachment for trolley jack.(or even fabricate a one with few pieces of scrap steel)

1)What is the best way to get started?

Should I pull the motor out first using an engine crane & not touch the transmission or
Should I leave the motor alone & approach from underneath to separate the gearbox from motor using transmission jack?

I do have a way of raising the vehicle up a couple of feet or more using blocks of tree log cutoffs & trolley jacks, if necessary( I used the method safely during the rear diff job).

2)What are the heavy tools I need to do it at home(depend on whether I approach by pulling the motor or pulling the gearbox)?

3)What is the best clutch kit for the RB30?
I located few possible candidates from fleabay, listed below price from low to high.

(I)http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Clutch-Pro-S ... rmvSB=true

(II)http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NISSAN-PATRO ... rmvSB=true

(III)http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/EXEDY-CLUTCH ... rmvSB=true

(IV)http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Nissan-Patro ... rmvSB=true

(V))http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/XTREME-NISSA ... rmvSB=true

(VI)http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HEAVY-DUTY-C ... rmvSB=true

3)What are advantages and disadvantages of the No(V) & (VI) heavy duty clutch? Should I go for it or is it an overkill?

4)Do I need any modifications of the flywheel, etc to accommodate the above heavy duty clutch?

I'll be towing a trailer and a van(not too heavy) from time to time.

5)Do we generally machine the flywheel or do we only do it if it looks bad?

6)Are there any general guidelines to assess a bad flywheel or should I post a picture here with details when I get to it?

thanks guys
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Re: Replacing Nissan Patrol clutch

Unread post by taspatrol » June 24th, 2015, 6:19 am

for the $50- $75 it costs to machine the flywheel just do it gives the new clutch the best chance. i am going through the same thing with my td42 patrol
i am pretty much decided on your (V) link but obviously for a td42

dom14
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Re: Replacing Nissan Patrol clutch

Unread post by dom14 » July 8th, 2015, 8:10 pm

Yeah, I think the money well spent on a heavy duty clutch as well as a flywheel surfacing if necessary.
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