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72 cj5 clutch linkage

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by Coloradocj5, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. Dec 7, 2006
    Coloradocj5

    Coloradocj5 New Member

    Colorado
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    I've been looking to put a new clutch in my 72 cj, and my 72 Jeep tech. Service manual shows 72's having a clutch cable set up. But mine is strictly the old rods and bell crank type...not a cable system..Did I miss something? Thanks..:)
     
  2. Dec 8, 2006
    SwampRatt

    SwampRatt 1973 CJ-5

    Naperville, Illinois
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    Unless you've had it since 72 there is no telling how many changes have been made. '73 had a bellcrank stock. Some PO musta "upgraded" it to the bellcrank setup.
     
  3. Dec 8, 2006
    timgr

    timgr Jeepin' Nerd 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    The '72 cable was very problematic. Jeep sent out a service bulletin in late '72 that recommended replacing the cable clutch with the '73 bellcrank clutch. There was a kit that could be installed under warranty. Yours has been upgraded, likely in the early 70s.
     
  4. Dec 8, 2006
    CJ-X

    CJ-X Member

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    If you are quoting 1972 service bulletins, you are definately a jeep'n nerd!
    :beer:
     
  5. Dec 8, 2006
    Coloradocj5

    Coloradocj5 New Member

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    Thanks for the info on the clutch set up....You guys are
     
  6. Dec 8, 2006
    72CJ5er

    72CJ5er Renegade Member

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    X2 LOL

    yes mine had the original cable changed too, I personally like the crank style better, although I hear for some they fall out on really rough trails, not happened to me yet. but mbe im not getting that rough yet :)
     
  7. Dec 8, 2006
    dvader

    dvader Member

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    Tie a leash to it so you csn find it when it falls out.
     
  8. Dec 9, 2006
    GPin

    GPin Member

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    I remember back in the mid eighties driving my stepdads 72 renegade and stepping on the clutch, bang, cable broke. Of course I was 16 and just running to the store, but they were adding on the the parking lot and had these cool dirt piles, anyway stepdad wasn't to happy and the cable seemed expensive back then, wonder if they still sell them?
    If I would have had this forum in 1985 I could have shown my stepdad the service bulletin and proved it wasn't my fault it broke, but poor engineering.R)
     

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