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That's the spirit! If you think about it, getting everything you want in a vehicle is never going to be cost effective.

Also, the truck was a pal and broke down on the way home, near an open parkinglot, close to friends, and it's a part that's relatively inexpensive and something you can do yourself. Sounds like your truck had you in mind in its breakdown.

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Dan90FSB wrote:
put in a little money



you mean youre getting rid of those wheels?

who are we gunna make fun of now

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California Monkey wrote:
That's the spirit! If you think about it, getting everything you want in a vehicle is never going to be cost effective.

Also, the truck was a pal and broke down on the way home, near an open parkinglot, close to friends, and it's a part that's relatively inexpensive and something you can do yourself. Sounds like your truck had you in mind in its breakdown.


True all around. I did some CL hunting and to get a newer nicer diesel that I'd be "happier" with is 30k+. Which just doesn't make sense for a truck that I drive 2-3 a month.

The truck has been good to me. I've drove it 5k miles in ~ 9 months (needs an oil change!) including long towing trips like Dusy, Pismo and Slickrock. All things considered I'm quite lucky with where it decided to die.

From looking at the clutch I think it might actually be stock. It looks like all the pictures I've seen of stock clutches and it has very little friction material left on it. So blowing it up at with this many miles isn't surprising. Especially since I beat on it a bit with hot tunes (not towing).

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Dan90FSB wrote:
put in a little money



you mean youre getting rid of those wheels?

who are we gunna make fun of now


I sure hope so! hahaha

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March 29th, 2016, 12:19 pm
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Leaving a trail... good source for random ZF parts...

http://www.americanpowertrainwarehouse. ... smission/#

I needed the rubber boot for the shift housing (not the boot thats in the cab) and the plastic guides that go inside and was having a hard time finding them.

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AMP Ford ZF S650 6 speed transmission shifter boot https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D3EA8CE/re ... cxbXZ20CWJ

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April 11th, 2016, 9:59 am
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10 dollars cheaper on the other site. And I was already ordering something

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Parts parts parts parts. Went with a clutch kit from valair. Basically one step over stock so it shouldn't be a PITA to tow with. New vs old

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Trans going back in. Ask me how I got it on the jack, under the truck, when it sits a full foot higher than the bottom of the rockers. :mrgreen:

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Adding cat... I had to take off part of the exhaust to get to the heat shield, to get to 2 of the tcase bolts... Then I had to take off the down pipe to get the trans out... Apparently a 4" system occupies a lot of real estate :roll:

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The first couple years of the new superdutys had a weaker clutch fork that was apparently prone to bending. So I went in search of the upgraded Ford part and found one locally at Mission Valley Ford. Also got the plastic bushing guy that the clutch fork pivots on. PN's just in case...

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So right now its close... Trans is in, tcase, starter, wiring, there's even fluid in the trans. My rear driveshaft is at South Bay Driveline getting a new carrier bearing and ujoints. I basically need a solid 2-3 hours and it should be driveable.

Then I can work on that big green thing that I should be working on!

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Did you get the engine to start?

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No... I tried briefly. Connected batteries, fired up glow plugs, clutch pedal in, nothing, not even a click. I'm fairly certain its the safety switch on the clutch pedal. I removed it to get the master cylinder out when I changed the hydraulics and I'm not even remotely confident its re-installed correctly. I'm hoping / mildly confident its a simple re-jiggering of the switch and its mount and such and we're off and running.

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Or a bypass which would also make a kick ass anti-theft device

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Except my dumb ass would forget about it and start it in gear with the clutch engaged...

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Well it runs! Spent a couple hours Sunday tidying up a few things and drove it around a bit in FWD because my rear driveshaft is still with Steve at SBD. My fault, its been ready for a week I just haven't found time to go pick it up.

Clutch feel is great. Smooth and not too grabby. Quiet at idle (or drowned out, spoiler alelrt). Should work well for towing. The pedal may actually be a little lighter than before, which I've read is somehow common with mid-level performance clutches.

I spent too much time reading about what clutch to put in it and during that process got talked into a short throw shifter from Midwest Transmission by the interwebs. My main goal here was cleaner shifts, the shorter is just a (maybe?) benefit. I was skeptical going into this but I will say it shifts soooooo much smoother and its waaaaaay easier to find gears. These trans has a double indent from dead center, a slight pull left and up gets your first. A hard pull left and up gets your reverse. That hard pull up for reverse is often really hard and takes some hunting. Its unbelievable how much smoother it is. The shorter throws are kind of a nice by product

http://www.midwesttrans.com/short_shifter.html

And finally, because I ran out of time, but mostly because I really wanted to hear it, I ran it with just the downpipe and cat on (cat is in the downpipe) so theres about 3' of exhaust dumping right next to the trans. It sounds amazing. I may never put the rests of the exhaust back on :mrgreen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCmjfXKXAPU

Now starts a few hundred miles of babying it to break in the clutch.

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Awesome! Did you order the short shifter for the bronco Zf5 yet?

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Great news! Always an uplifting milestone, even if it doesn't have much exhaust.

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California Monkey wrote:
Awesome! Did you order the short shifter for the bronco Zf5 yet?


Somewhat surprisingly, I haven't. Though its crossed my mind. That shifter bothers me less with regards to finding gears. Although the simple act of rushing through the gears in a hurry off road might make it worthwhile. Its also touches my triple stick shifters a little in 2nd and reverse. Ok I think you've talked me into it!

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Great news! Always an uplifting milestone, even if it doesn't have much exhaust.


That's the best part, I love it with no exhaust! :mrgreen: OK not a long term plan but for now I'm enjoying it.

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