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Old 02-19-2008, 02:18 PM
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How much should I pay for clutch labor.

As most of you know... I drive a 97 Type SH... I recently bought an Exedy Stage 1 clutch, Fidanza lightweight flywheel, and a OEM Honda rear main seal. I was wondering how much I should expect to pay for labor to have someone put these parts in...

A woman I work with called her nephew, who works at a garage, and asked him how much he would charge me, and he said between 700 and 1k for labor alone, and that that would be right around the ballpark of what most places would charge me.... That sounds pretty effin high if you ask me though... especially because the Honda dealership near me does a clutch and flywheel install for 700 total with parts and labor.

Also... do you think I'm gonna have a hard time finding someone to put this stuff in? I've heard that some shops don't like to install aftermarket parts... ESPECIALLY if you didn't buy them through them... What are my chances of getting Honda to do it? Slim to none?

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I can't say how much it should cost, but my advice would be to find a local tuner shop and see if they will do it. Dealers are around $100-125 an hour. The tuner shops around me are $60-75 an hour.
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Only problem is I don't know of any good tuner shops close to me, and the car is not driveable at all (clutch is completely shot) so it needs to be towed. Also, I'm not very trusting of some of the supposed "tuner shops" in Philly (closest tuner shops near me)... I might just do it myself with the help of a friend (which I originally planned to do, but then chickened out).

Still, any other suggestions/estimates are greatly appreciated.
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If you were in my area, I'd only charge $300 for labor
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I'm probably gonna end up doing it myself with an experienced friend now... sweet deal actually. I have a friend who wants me to weld his universal cat to some flanges, and he'll do my clutch for free... sounds like a helluva deal to me lol. 5 minutes of work for me... hours of work for him lol.

Only thing is I don't have access to a TIG welder and he wants me to weld a stainless steel cat to a mild steel flange... I don't think i can do that with a MIG welder unless it's a "pulsed spray arc" MIG welder, with stainless wire, and tri gas (argon, helium, and oxygen blend)... None of the above am I in possession of lol... Hopefully I can take it to the place where i used to work and have them let me use their tig welder.

Edit: I just found out that I can do it using the standard short-circuit method after-all, which is sweet... free clutch install here I come! :-P

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why would you want to weld your catalytic converter on? What if it goes bad or if you hit something and put a hole in it? Completely pointless IMO
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why would you want to weld your catalytic converter on? What if it goes bad or if you hit something and put a hole in it? Completely pointless IMO
I wasn't really clear in my explanation... he needs flanges welded onto it...

He needs a new cat but he has a custom exhaust and the flange is different (and angled differently) on the exhaust side of the cat. So he can't use the direct fit cats that you can buy so he had to get a universal one and we're gonna make a jig that matches his current exhaust system so that we can make our own direct fit cat lol.
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Awww, now that makes sense
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