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Take out the six 15mm flywheel bolts and remove the flywheel. This is a two-person job as the flywheel has an interference fit on the crank from the factory and may require someone with a small prybar to push it away from the block. This sucker is quite heavy, so be ready for a jolt when it pops loose. Normally, this would be the step where we would replace the pilot bearing (included in the spec kit) on a higher-mileage Pontiac, but most experts agree that unless the car has over 5,000 miles or so, there really is no need to replace it. Our GTO had only 1,800 miles on it, so we were well within the accepted limit. If you do choose to replace the pilot bearing, be sure it still has sufficient grease on it. You should lube up the input shaft on reassembly anyhow, but it never hurts to put some extra high-temp bearing grease in the bearing cavity as well. Just a little, though-you don't want grease getting all over your brand-new clutch disc.