I\'ve done this job about 3 times now:
0) Disconnect the battery!!!
1) Remove exhaust, or at least some of it.
2) Remove heatshields
3) Undo Prop shaft from diff end - mark the bolts and make sure you keep any balancing washers with each nut/bolt pair
4) Slide prop shaft out of gearbox and cap / bag the end off the gearbox.
5) Remove the gear knob, gater and rubber cover to expose the 3 bolts holding the gear selector in place - once it\'s free, pull it up gently and pop it in a bag, it will be dripping with gearbox lube.
6) Remove as much as you need to off the top of the engine (for T2 it\'s usually intercooler and pipework for that.
7) Locate the 6 bolts holding the gearbox to the engine - there are 3 at the top, and 3 along the bottom - one of the bottom ones is a pass through bolt holding a bracket and the starter motor - a bit fiddly but can be reached underneath - losen then off, but don\'t undo them yet
Remove electrical connectors from the gearbox - these are a large earth strap near the brake master cylinder, a small 2 way connector for the 1st gear switch and 4 separate connectors for the reverse / 5th switch. Make sure the wires are free from the clips too.
9) Now locate and undo the 2 bolts holding the slave cylinder on top of the gearbox, and using an elastic band and / or bag tie it up out of the way. Don\'t press the clutch pedal now - you\'ll push the piston out of the end !
10) Now remove the electrical connectors from the starter motor and remove the motor (2 bolts, 1 is also holding the gearbox)
11) Remove the remaining bolts holding the gearbox to engine.
12) Prop the engine with a bit of wood or something to stop it swinging forward when the gearbox is removed off the back - if you don\'t do this it will be a real pita to get the gearbox back on.
13) under the car - locate the prop shaft safety bracket and remove that (boomerang shaped thing)
14) Get a gearbox jack or trolley under the gearbox and remove the gearbox mounting bracket bolts from the chassis (4 bolts)
15) Now wiggle the box backwards and down off the engine - there are 2 dowelled holes that will need to be released which tend to keep the gearbox stuck to the engine until they are released.
16) Once the gearbox is free - move it back to expose the clutch
17) The clutch bolts are torqued - so when you put the new one back, you\'ll need to read the service manual and get the torque settings.
refitting is reverse of removal