Taking it out and putting everything back in will take the better part of a day. I'm not sure how much help an FSM would be, since you hardly ever see stock C5s anymore. The exhaust rear of the x-over will have to come out. The torque tube and rear end come out as one unit, after undoing the sway bar mounts and shocks. If you're using a 2-post lift, you'll need a jackable dolly to lower the rear end. If you have a 4-post lift, you have additional options. While you've got everything out is a good time to check the tube bushings. If the stock rubber couplers are cracked or starting to shred, there are aftermarket polyurethane units that are better. Just don't replace both with poly though, because you need some rubber to absorb drivetrain shock. The transmission comes out last, and should be straightforward. GL!
Thanks, that's just what I was after. I'll have both a 2 post and a 4 post available. I'll plan on a couple of days including doing some other stuff as the day goes on. Thanks again for the helpful reply and have a Merry Christmas.
It can be done in a day, it'll be a long day but it can be done.
These items should be replaced with new:
flywheel and pressure plate bolts
speed bleeder for the clutch
headers (if not already done)
shifter (since it has to be taken off anyway)
O2 sensors if they're old
The FSM will be very handy. There is a specific pattern and specification for the fastening of the flywheel and pressure plate bolts. Do it incorrectly and you're taking it apart again and will not know it until you get everything back together and start the car.
The most difficult part for me was getting the torque tube aligned properly onto the engine again. Other than that, everything else was pretty straight forward. Ideally, all that work should get you for about 8-10 hours if things go well and you're working at an average pace. Then again, I did mine on jackstands in a garage so having a lift will probably be easier and things should go quicker.
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