7.5" clutch refresh


Master Mechanic
Dec 31, 2014
I watched the video and I can handle doing this process. Take a look at the 5:20 mark in the video where he is putting the spring pack back in. The case in the video doesnt have a ring gear on it. It looks like he could still have enough clearance to install the spring pack even if the ring gear was on the case. What do you think? Does the ring gear have to be off to do this job?


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Royal Smart Person
Sep 2, 2011
Cheektowaga, New York
We rebuilt the Eaton unit in the 8.5 for my brothers 74 Monte Carlo last summer using the videos from Tom's Differentials YouTube channel.
It is much easier to perform the rebuild with the ring gear off than having the added weight and sharp edges to protect hands and fingers from. In Tom's videos we needed the ring gear bolt holes to turn the case with a spanner to bench seat the new clutch packs. links are below. We also used a small c clamp for installing the spring pack rather than the big channel lock pliers method.
Hope this helps.


Royal Smart Person
Jan 18, 2018
I agree, I think its easier to work with the bare flange over the gear. And why would you want to risk damaging a tooth if the carrier rolls around.

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