Clutch install, what tune for break in period?

79TA7.6

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I am finally going to be putting in a new DC stage 2 clutch this week. I have been reading up on the install and it does not seem that bad. I have done one before, but it was 15 years ago on an S-10 pick-up. Anyway, I have three tunes to choose while breaking in the clutch, stock, Malone 1.5, and Malone 3. Which would be best? I have been running the 1.5 as my clutch would not hold the 3.

Also, I am going to be changing the timing belt at the same time. It shouldn't matter which one I do first should it? The new flywheel has timing marks on it so that will not be an issue. Could I drop the trans, then do the timing belt? I would be able to move the engine around easier, maybe even push it back a little to make my life easier, but I am not sure if I should or not. I have changed three belts in the past, but it has been about 4 years since my last one. My memory is not all that clear on whether it would be easier or not.
 

LNXGUY

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Don't romp on it for the first 500 miles or so, tune should make no difference at all. It's all in the right foot.
 

Mavrick

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Do the timing belt and the clutch as two separate jobs. Go easy on the new clutch for a tank of fuel or so.

With the proper timing belt tools, there is no need to look at the flywheel for timing marks.
 

Powder Hound

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I agree with TB and clutch being separate. Then again, if you have a bullet proof engine hoist, I suppose you could grab the block at both ends as opposed to just one end at a time and do both jobs at the same time.

Do it and let us know how it goes!

Cheers,

PH
 
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