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Update: 8/10

Well it seems the whole taking the transmission out thing and everything I did was for nothing!!

Cut to last week Thursday, I was driving to work, depressed the clutch and once AGAIN I had lost pressure 🀬.

After driving a few more times I'm pretty much back to square 1, an intermittent problem where the clutch feels great and full pressure at times and other times I have almost none and can't even change into the next gear and have to pump the pedal

Honestly at this point I'm debating on just stripping the suspension upgrades off this one and putting them on my black one then selling off what's left or making this one a parts car. Of course alot of my current thinking is out of frustration. I currently have the fuse block, ecm, and brackets out again, I have inspected the system and found no leaks, the elbow (distribution block) and clutch pipe appear to be installed correctly, and right now I'm working on bleeding the system throughly.

One thought i had was I didn't "bench bleed" the TOB before I installed it (I know, rookie mistake). I'm wondering if that may be why I'm having these problems.... I do know these clutch systems are a PITA to bleed, but from what other members tell me it's not an absolute necessity to bleed that before install. I mean I'd hate to have to tear the whole thing back apart just to bleed the damn TOB

I think at that point in would just install another new LNF bearing

IDK
 

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weird. really weird. Id mark the brake reservoir, and confirm no leaking.
Def try bleeding it again.
Or, get a prybar or something. depress the clutch pedal, crack the bleeder with a piece of hose going into a bottle and let it sit overnight. air rises. worth trying some small things before braking it down.
 

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Update 9/10

It seems I can't fix this issue.

I've spent an entire week bleeding the system different ways. The pedal is fine for a couple weeks then I run into intermittent pedal pressure loss issues. Seems more noticeable in the afternoon when the temps are 85-90. In the mornings where it's 70-75 I have almost no issues.

I think I'm just gonna break down, pull the transmission again and put the highest quality TOB in whatever that may be and ditch this LNF one

It's either that or strip the good parts and transfer over to my 2005 and ditch the whole car which I don't really wanna do because she's a Comp. However my patience is getting very limited at this point
 

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Update 9/28

I once again spent a weekend bleeding the system. The clutch has been doing real good so far but I have a feeling that's because we're going into Fall and the temps have been hanging around the 60s. Still unsure why this is......

I started focusing on other projects, I'm currently using Pearl's (black 2005) wheels on Red since the Comp wheels are in bad shape. Pearl has that set of Drift Alloy wheels I got off ebay a few months back. I'm just not digging the look so the Comp wheels are going in to be refinished so they can go back on and I can put the stock wheels back on Pearl

I also flashed a new tune on Red and sent a driving log to finishing touches

That's basically where I'm at with my cars. Even with these problems these cars are still a blast to drive every morning
 

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I hope the clutch holds up for yuh. I know it's been crazy trying to get it done.

Looking forward to seeing those comp wheels refinished! Make sure to let us know how you do em
 

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Update 10/19

Just realized I never updated anyone here. Instead of getting the wheels refinished I went a different route and found a member with a set for a good price. I mounted brand new Falken Ziex tires on and put them on the car. I'm so happy she looks like a Competition car once again.

Right now I'm doing the Red Line Goods leather shift boot and e-brake boot. Going with black leather with red stitching. Should make the interior look almost new

So far the clutch is holding strong
 

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Discussion Starter · #127 · (Edited)
Update 10/19 part II

my 2005 (Pearl) got some love too. I swapped the chrome wheels back onto her to return the stock look and she got a nice bath and cleaned out the build up of dead leaves, coming into Fall they have really accumulated on the cowl and strut towers

I finally installed the replacement Recaros I bought for her 5 months ago. While they were out. I throughly cleaned the carpet and used a technique I learned at my job to kinda dye the color back to original

The replacement driver seat still had a hole. I used a Permatex leather repair kit to fix the hole.

All in all I'm happy with my girls right now

Red just passed a milestone 240,000
 

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Let me know now how the red line goods quality is. I am looking at them my self
Will do man. Just got the ship notification today so it's just a matter of time now
 

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Sweet! Thanks for the update!

I used redline goods in my redline and base model. Extremely nice quality. And shipping time was reasonable.
 

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the whole process of ordering and all is fun- they are good to deal with -redlinegoods
 

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Got the shift and e-brake boots on. They look great. I still drool over them. Sometimes I just look down at them, even while driving 😬

Definitely recommend them if you need to replace them
 

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I got the same but with perforated (2015)


same eboot but white stitch

it's an easy way to make a big improvement to the interior
 

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Update 11/19

So far the cars have been running and driving pretty well aside from some random misfire codes (still fine tuning the tune)

I added a few more red accents to Pearl a week ago by removing the grille inserts and painting them red. Now she has the inserts, dvr. pillar cover, "SATURN" letters on back bumper, and shift knob red. I kinda like how she looks.

The oil dipstick tube bolt on Red backed out or was never reinstalled after doing the oil pan, not sure. Either way the bolt wasn't there. Luckily I had a bolt that matched the threads so I installed it by removing the blower and unbolting, swinging away the alternator

I'm getting ready to put both cars away for the year as they are covered in snow right now. I'm not driving these cars in winter so I took these last photos of them together to finish out the season before I put them away.

It's been a long journey with these girls but I'm happy where they are at right now
 

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They're looking good man! Sad time of year when you've gotta put the toys away. But at least you can use your jeep for jeep things now. Definitely a different kind of fun
 

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Update:1/8

First off happy New Year everyone!!

I'm kicking this year off with a bang, and ordered a set of ZZP standard coilovers for Red. I'm gonna take the new struts and shocks off her and put them on Pearl. I'm not just stopping there. I also bought a set of LNF 18in wheels. I'm gonna clean them up, mount a set of tires and put them on Pearl too

I was happy when the Saturn center caps fit perfectly in the LNF wheels. I'm looking at quotes for powder coating them, but I don't want black. I want white or silver πŸ€”
 

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