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Old 11-08-2004, 05:46 PM   #21
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I had basically the same problem. I just cut it in half (thickness) and it worked. Maybe you can shave a little more off?
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Old 11-08-2004, 06:30 PM   #22
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My stock clutch stop was this little cheap piece of plastic
It should have a rubber bumper on the top that you can take off. If it isn't there I posted the part number either in this thread.
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Old 11-08-2004, 08:41 PM   #23
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I had basically the same problem. I just cut it in half (thickness) and it worked. Maybe you can shave a little more off?
I shaved some more off and it worked. Crazy how 1 mm can make a difference.
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Old 11-09-2004, 07:29 AM   #24
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The exact height your clutch stop has to be varies with the year and model of your car. There are 2 things you can do if your car wont start with this. 1) cut a tiny bit off the length of the bolt (using a hacksaw if you are very skilled or a dremmel tool would be easiest probably or maybe just a bench grinder) 2) try using a thinner bumper as suggested 3) take off the under dash paneling and put a little rubber bumper on the back of the clutch pedal arm where it contacts with the switch so it contacts the switch better... if you search someone did a diagram of this (if you have a late model 01 and beyond with the magnetic switch this will not work and you will just have to shorten the clutchstop until it starts)
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Old 11-10-2004, 12:44 AM   #25
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just installed my new homemade clutch stop u really need to cut alot of the gripper pad thing in order to get the engine to start but the clutch stop is great. (dont go to home depot they dont have the stuff u need)
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Old 11-10-2004, 09:15 AM   #26
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Hey guys I just did this clutch stop mod aswell. Shifts are great and the car starts just fine. I did want to mention that I couldn't find any self adhesive rubber stoppers that I liked. So I ended up taking the rubber stopper off of the stock one and it fit on my elevator bolt perfectly. If anyone wants to get a new stock rubber stopper its part # 02 38 5912 23
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What Canadian store did you get the elevator bolt from? Did the threads match (i.e. no cross-threading?)
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Old 11-10-2004, 01:32 PM   #27
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What Canadian store did you get the elevator bolt from? Did the threads match (i.e. no cross-threading?)
I ended up going to a local fastener store here. They didn't even charge me for the bolt
As far as thread interfacing goes, all was well, no binding or anything.
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Old 11-10-2004, 02:30 PM   #28
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shave the bumper down a little more or just buy a piece of felt and glue it down. The felt will help deaden the silence.
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Old 11-14-2004, 04:31 AM   #29
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anybody try this on a late year 2001 330?
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Old 11-15-2004, 06:00 PM   #30
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Fits all E28, E30, E36, E39, E46, Z3, and Z8 cars with manual transmissions. (NOTE: some later E36 and all E46 BMWs require the clutch to be partially or fully depressed in order to start the vehicle. Because of the nature of the clutch stop, it does not allow the clutch to be depressed fully, to the floor, and may not activate the switch to allow the car to start.) "


Firstly great DIY, I am going to make one at work tomorrow.

I am confused about all the posts saying you are not able to start the car unless the clutch is depressed. I know this is what you do on an auto box (but pressing the brake pedal). My manual 330d will start with out me pressing the clutch in. I obviously have it in neutral and I am not going to try starting the thing while its in gear, to see if this function works on mine. The quote above says it applies to all E46's, is this only in the US?

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Old 11-15-2004, 06:11 PM   #31
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going to lowes now =) been eyeing this thread for awhile. surprised at how lazy i am to spend 5 minutes on a great mod. ill brb after i hit enter!
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I am confused about all the posts saying you are not able to start the car unless the clutch is depressed. I know this is what you do on an auto box (but pressing the brake pedal). My manual 330d will start with out me pressing the clutch in. I obviously have it in neutral and I am not going to try starting the thing while its in gear, to see if this function works on mine. The quote above says it applies to all E46's, is this only in the US?
NOT all cars require the clutches to be depressed. I'm not sure if its all euro models that don't require it.... I know most older cars do NOT require it be depressed to start it. If you don't have the switch then all you have to make sure is that your clutch stop is at the highest most position that still allows the clutch to be completely disengaged when the pedal is depressed all the way to the clutch stop...
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holy crap. Lowe's was out of the 3/8 x 1 1/2 elevator bolts. I WONDER WHY.. hahaha.. so i ended up ghetto rigging mine with a pc of felt i had at home since they didnt have the 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" grippers either.. oh well, cost me a buck and it still works awesome mod, just wish i had the right stuff to make it look right
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Old 11-16-2004, 09:31 PM   #34
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dude that made me laugh pretty hard.. it's funny how passionate we are about the smallest things, even the cheap little plastic pieces underneath our pedal
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Hey wjjeeper,

What Canadian store did you get the elevator bolt from? Did the threads match (i.e. no cross-threading?)
Go to canadian tire, and buy a plastic elecator bolt (3/8 1 1/2) The head is plastic, so you will not need anything else than the plastic bolt And you will not damage the thread

Make no noise when I shift, and it's easy to shave if the engine don't start
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Old 11-21-2004, 08:40 PM   #36
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Go to canadian tire, and buy a plastic elecator bolt (3/8 1 1/2) The head is plastic, so you will not need anything else than the plastic bolt And you will not damage the thread

Make no noise when I shift, and it's easy to shave if the engine don't start
Thanks, Cabana. Do you have a pic and/or a part number?
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:55 PM   #37
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This was the easiest and best mod under $5!...

One word.... WOW!

I recently purchased a 2001 330ci, silver on tanin and this was my first mod. What an incredible difference in ease of driving and performance.

The only thing to note , with my car I had to really crank the sucker in as far at it will go. Even just a 1/4 turn and the car would not start as the clutch was not depressed deep enough. However with a little bit of elbow grease and the last 1/4 turn the car starts, shift quick and sharply, and feels great.

Bravo minig0d! Thanks for figuring out the perfect parts for the easiest and most ideal DIY clutch stop.
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Old 11-25-2004, 03:03 PM   #38
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1 1/2" elevator bold, stuck on rubber pad with self adhesive, too long when installed- car wouldn't start. Took 5 minutes to cut off approx 1/2", screwed it in and whole job took about 10 min.
DO IT- absolute total improvement in launching car from dead stop, both flat and uphill starts. Changes whole complexion of car, should've done it to my old e36 years ago also!!
Now how do you take out CDV????

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1 1/2" elevator bold, stuck on rubber pad with self adhesive, too long when installed- car wouldn't start. Took 5 minutes to cut off approx 1/2", screwed it in and whole job took about 10 min.
DO IT- absolute total improvement in launching car from dead stop, both flat and uphill starts. Changes whole complexion of car, should've done it to my old e36 years ago also!!
Now how do you take out CDV????
There are a lot of DIYs out there. Do a search here (use "CDV* DIY*" to get past the 3-char minimum).
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