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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 02-08-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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Aftermarket Clutch Opinions

So I'm thinking about ordering some clutch parts to keep around in case my clutch starts heading south. I have 112k miles on the original, with no slipping or any problems to speak of. I will most likely keep the stock flywheel. I don't need a racing clutch, or much more clamping force than stock, but I would be open to ditching the self-adjusting clutch mechanism for one with a more consistent engagement point. My car sees the track and autox runway quite a bit, but I now drive to work everyday so I need a nice balance.

I've driven a few aftermarket clutch setups on RWD e46's, but I'm curious to know how some other xi'ers feel about their setups . . .
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:03 PM   #3
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Hey Kubica I have one of these with approx. 1k on it and it comes with 2 throw out bearing if your interested. I bought but haven't had time to put it in.

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Old 02-10-2011, 10:46 AM   #4
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So I'm thinking about ordering some clutch parts to keep around in case my clutch starts heading south. I have 112k miles on the original, with no slipping or any problems to speak of. I will most likely keep the stock flywheel. I don't need a racing clutch, or much more clamping force than stock, but I would be open to ditching the self-adjusting clutch mechanism for one with a more consistent engagement point. My car sees the track and autox runway quite a bit, but I now drive to work everyday so I need a nice balance.

I've driven a few aftermarket clutch setups on RWD e46's, but I'm curious to know how some other xi'ers feel about their setups . . .
I am in the exact same boat as Kubica... 108k and clutch is fine, stock conditions, but I also want to ditch the SAC if possible without emptying the bank. Only difference is I don't do track days, and haven't done auto-crossing before, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't be willing to try it. I was actually lurking on here the other night trying to find if there are alternatives to the SAC for us xi'ers for otherwise stock conditions and didn't find much. Anyone?
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:36 AM   #5
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I am in the exact same boat as Kubica... 108k and clutch is fine, stock conditions, but I also want to ditch the SAC if possible without emptying the bank. Only difference is I don't do track days, and haven't done auto-crossing before, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't be willing to try it. I was actually lurking on here the other night trying to find if there are alternatives to the SAC for us xi'ers for otherwise stock conditions and didn't find much. Anyone?
I'll do some research and get back to you.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:00 AM   #6
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I have 120K on original clutch and am also interested...
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:50 AM   #7
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I'll do some research and get back to you.
Would you mind posting your results back to the form with whatever you find? I'd be interested too.

I'm not sure if you've seen this or not ; Basically mentions they've installed a M5 clutch kit and fw in the XI (I know you don't want to change flywheel). So I'm not certain but assuming that m5 kit fits (and i'm not certain if the Xi flywheel is = to a normal 325 / 330 flywheel) - but I really wonder if just any clutch from those respective 325/330 cars would work. That would certainly leave open lots of options.

http://www.xiftw.com/?page_id=15

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Old 02-21-2011, 04:32 PM   #8
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How easy to DIY on the clutch ?

I've never done one before, but I think mine will be due soon.

I was quoted $1500.00 for the job, but I'm game to do it myself.

I'll look up the DIY's but I think a clutch is bit more complicated job.

Needs special tools etc ?

Any advice from experienced people.

Should I just pay the $1500.00, or for someone who is mechnanically inclined,
if I spend some money on tools, and spend the time, should I attempt this ?
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:57 PM   #9
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Its a hell of a job. Sachs have some performance clutches if you are interested in an engine upgrade later.
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