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Old 03-22-2007, 06:01 PM   #201
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This mod is intense. I never realized how much unnecessary movement my left leg was making. I just installed the new clutch stop (in the parking lot at Lowes in about 25 seconds) and now my clutch is literally on/off. It actually makes my driving experience more comfortable haha. Works perfectly on my 04 330i zhp.

I guarantee the next time I let somebody else drive my car they are going to stall out immediately. I will laugh, then punch them for stalling my car.
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Old 03-23-2007, 11:33 AM   #202
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so many people use these and dont set them right and end up frying their clutches.....
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Old 03-23-2007, 11:40 AM   #203
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like who? if you drive stick, you certainly know what it feels like burn a clutch, and as long as you still have a tiny bit of play past the clutch engagement point, you're not going to burn anything, it will actually give your clutch a longer life because you'll know exactly where the engagement point is instead of guessing like it was with the stock clutch stop. don't hate the best mod on this website cause you burned your own M3's clutch!
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Old 03-24-2007, 08:43 AM   #204
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so many people use these and dont set them right and end up frying their clutches.....
UMMMMMM are you serious? I have yet to see a BMW burn a clutch from this mod... Maybe if you bought a taller elevator bolt then what I specified but then the car would never start... I would put money that this mod will wear your clutch much less then people do on a daily basis from not knowing where the engagement point of their clutch is, which is the exact purpose of this mod... Without it, people tend to rev their engines higher and end up dumping the clutch because they are used to the clutch starting to engage after only releasing the pedal slightly... and then after it doesn't start to engage they start thinking "WTF?" and start letting off the clutch pedal faster and then all of a sudden the clutch starts to engaged with the engine rev'd high and viola... clutch wear on a regular basis.... after this mod the average driver knows exactly where the engagement point is and can drive the BMW just like any other car on the road.... I mean really, should it take an expert to just drive a BMW right? I'd call it a design flaw

But anyway until you can show some evidence to the contrary, please keep your mouth shut in this thread... If you burned out your clutch it was probably from trying to do a burn-out in front of the titty bar to impress a stripper, not from the use of this mod...
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Old 03-24-2007, 11:06 AM   #205
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:45 AM   #206
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Part #1 is in the drawers with all the other bolts, its called an "Elevator Bolt" 3/8" x 1 1/2"
BMWs are not being designed in Detroit, use metric M10x1.5x40 bolt if you care ablut the threads http://www.unofficialbmw.com/all/dri...djustment.html
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Old 03-25-2007, 03:30 AM   #207
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wow this thread never dies lol
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Old 03-25-2007, 08:49 AM   #208
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BMWs are not being designed in Detroit, use metric M10x1.5x40 bolt if you care ablut the threads http://www.unofficialbmw.com/all/dri...djustment.html
Man will people STOP denying this mod and just freakin do it and appreciate it? To say that the threads will be damaged is just simply ridiculous. You can feel if the threads aren't matching, or it's a bad fit just by testing it out when you screw it in. let me tell you, this is one perfect fit, you're just being ridiculous now. Did you even TRY to put the suggested bolt in? I have, it fits perfectly! I've even taken it out and put it back in several times when trying to get the height correct, and were my threads damaged?? NO!!! I've stomped on that thing 50000 times in the past year and it's still perfect and so are my threads!!
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Old 03-25-2007, 10:12 AM   #209
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Man will people STOP denying this mod and just freakin do it and appreciate it? To say that the threads will be damaged is just simply ridiculous. You can feel if the threads aren't matching, or it's a bad fit just by testing it out when you screw it in. let me tell you, this is one perfect fit, you're just being ridiculous now. Did you even TRY to put the suggested bolt in? I have, it fits perfectly! I've even taken it out and put it back in several times when trying to get the height correct, and were my threads damaged?? NO!!! I've stomped on that thing 50000 times in the past year and it's still perfect and so are my threads!!
True. It went in super easy, just like it should. No cross threading feel or anything. And I have stomped on mine as well, and it threads in/out just as easy as day one.
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Old 03-25-2007, 02:40 PM   #210
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Thumbs Up This DIY rules...

This is one of the best DIY's. Fast, easy, cheap, and makes a world of difference. Did this on my '01 M3-- previous owner had managed to snap off the old clutch stop. World of difference.
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:11 PM   #211
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I just did this over the weekend, and all I can say is that I should have done this a long, long time ago.
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:26 PM   #212
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Im sure not all E46s are the same as far as clutch travel and so forth but man... mine fits perfect. almost 1 year now, no probs!
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Old 04-20-2007, 01:52 AM   #213
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well I just bought my elevator bolt today and had to settle for 1" rubber gripper but it will work just the same..I can get a bigger one another day...Unfortunately without the gripper and just the bolt my car still won't start...I'm going to shave the bolt down tommorow plus the width of the gripper and see how it goes...
My previous baby had a stage 2 act clutch in it...had to stand on it to disengage and the engagement point was litterally a milimeter off the floor...took me forever to get used to it but since then I have hated normal clutch travel and desired to find something similar...I think this is the ticket
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Old 04-20-2007, 04:23 PM   #214
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what did you guys use to cut your bolt down...I can't find my dremel
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Old 04-20-2007, 08:46 PM   #215
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Ok had to buy some cut off wheels...got the whole shibang isntalled works like a dream but now my clunk is a bit louder cause the clutch is popping harder I'll have to get used to it hehe
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:47 PM   #216
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BMWs are not being designed in Detroit, use metric M10x1.5x40 bolt if you care ablut the threads http://www.unofficialbmw.com/all/dri...djustment.html
You are ignoring the point, over only a couple of threads they are perfectly compatible. Please learn to convert metric and english before making ignorant comments.
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Old 05-15-2007, 12:41 AM   #217
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Old 05-15-2007, 03:41 AM   #218
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:16 AM   #219
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went to lowe's this morning to get the stuff needed to do this, i found the gripper's no problem. but the elevator bolt was a little bit harder, i got a hex bolt that match's the specification of the original "elevator bolt" you said to get (3/8 x 1 1/2). the only difference i can see is that the top of the bolt is not as wide, do you think this should be a problem? and i was just wondering if anyone has had a problem stripping the threads of anything while fixing this mod to work for your respective cars? thanks in advance!


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edit: my car is an early 01 (build date is Feb 14, 2001 to be exact) so the height shouldnt be a problem for me.
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Old 05-16-2007, 12:51 PM   #220
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I finished mine a couple of weeks ago. I have a 328 and it wouldn't start at the stock height so I filed it down to the right height. A bench grinder works well too. One hint...put a nut on the bolt prior to grinding, as you can remove it an "rethread" the bolt. I ended up leaving the bolt on after install. Once I screwed the bolt into the floorboard, I then tightened the nut down against the screw hole. This provides a little extra support and takes some of the pressure off of the threads.

Btw...for the dude above, this will not ruin your clutch. If it was engaging at the wrong point, you would either grind or smell your clutch burning.

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