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Old 02-09-2005, 06:34 PM   #61
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get this done if u havent done it - take 5 minutes for this simple project because this truly will affect how u shift -smooth - none of that jerky shifting- quickest best mod ive done!

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by the way - ull need to hack down a 1/2 inch of the bolt as others recommended.
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Old 02-25-2005, 08:19 PM   #62
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since it is friday night and i have no life i think i'm going to cruise to home depot and do this mod!
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:57 PM   #63
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ok they didn't have either of the things listed in the diy at home cheapo so i bought an AJE 3/8"x1" hex bolt for $0.15 and a 24 pack of 1/2" felt stickers for $2.64 and it works perfectly. if you turn the ignition to position 2 and press the clutch you can hear a click when the switch is activated that lets you start the engine and as soon as i hit my clutch stop the switch clicks!
diy clutch stop, $2.79 w00t!
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Old 02-27-2005, 01:22 PM   #64
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My lowes was out of the elevator bolts, so I just stuck like 4 1/2 of the grippers onto the stock stop and it works great
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Old 02-27-2005, 06:26 PM   #65
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I didn't find an elevator bolt so bought a basic carriage bolt and it worked fine. 1 1/2" was too long to get it to start, 1" works good, but I suspect somewhere in between would be ideal.
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Old 02-27-2005, 06:30 PM   #66
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I have mine set so that I have to press pretty hard down on the clutch for it to start. If I just press it down until it hits it, it won't start, I actually have to compress the little gripper a bit.
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Old 04-25-2005, 10:18 PM   #67
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for an AWESOME THREAD!

i just installed mine a few minutes ago and i LOVE it.

i just used the same elevator bolt as originally reccomended, except i only used a 1" rubber gripper. it is fun as hell!

and another thing: i was told that: to start the car, the clutch must be completely depressed to the floor..... so i had always done that without thinking about it; respectively, i had always been afraid to buy/install a clutch stop in the fear that it wouldn't let my car start... except its NOT true . I have probably 1/4 the travel of my clutch now, the car still starts, and when the clutch is completely depressed, the car still doesn't move.. its perfect.



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Old 05-15-2005, 04:07 PM   #68
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My lowes was out of the elevator bolts, so I just stuck like 4 1/2 of the grippers onto the stock stop and it works great
After researching the difference between the Lowe's Elevator bolt and the actual thread sized used by BMW (3/8" standard vs. M10 metric), I decided to take the same approach as Idrivea328I. I bought one pack of 1-1/2" Grippers (p/n 7384), and applied four of them right to the stock clutch stop in the Lowe's parking lot. This gave me a clutch stop that sticks up about 1" higher than stock, but the difference at the clutch pedal is more like 2" since the clutch stop is near the middle of the pedal.

All I can say is: WOW! WTF, why didn't I do this sooner?? I've had two E46's since 1999, and I've done most other mods on one or the other: springs, shocks, swaybars, exhaust, intake, software, shortshifter, 4-pt belts, bigger brakes, CDV-delete, wheels, tires, etc. This mod was soooo easy, and such an improvement, I can't believe I never did it before. Thanks for everyones suggestions!!!!

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Old 05-16-2005, 11:28 AM   #69
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Haha thats great... i can't believe I never thought of it being that the grippers come like 30120310310 in a pack... just put a few on and save yourself a dollar for the bolt lol... nice mod to an already cheap mod
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Old 05-16-2005, 02:23 PM   #70
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Is there a website where the "grippers" can be purchased? The closest Lowes is nearly an hour away and the people at home depot don't seem to know what I was looking for.
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take a look at home depot or maybe even walmart... grippers are little adhesive disks about 1/4" thick and 1" in diameter ment to go on the bottom of furniture (the adhesive side) and to not damage the floor... they would be right near the little non-marring things you nail on the bottom of chair legs... tell them that at home depot and that should get you in the right vicinity... it doesn't have to be grippers brand even... just look for something in that ballpark and play around...

If there is enough intrest I'll just go to lowes and pick up about 25 of these things and assemble em and sell em for $6 each or something... if anyone needs me to do this for em shoot me an email... i work by a lowes and i'll just swing by..
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I have just completed this mod. Everything was in stock at the local Lowes. $4.49 out the door. Less than a minute to assemble and install. Works fine for me. It doesn't give me that much benefit because I usually shift before the clutch hits the new stop anyway. But still, it's a great mod for the little time, effort and money involved.
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i have noticed my car's reluctance to start.... when the car is left outside in the heat... i occasionally have to screw the ClutchStop down so the clutch can travel further (so i can start).

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Is this a good mod for novice drivers ?

I gave this try, and i stalled my car right away. it seems my brain/leg coordination needs more work, so i defaulted back to the OEM clutch stop. It is worth reinvesting time & frustrating to learn again how to shift ???

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Old 05-19-2005, 02:49 PM   #75
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Anyone have 4 of those pads leftover that they would be willing to put in an envelope and mail to me? I don't have lowes arounds me and spent the morning looking for some with no luck. I can paypal you...
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I'm considering doing this on my 2 week old 02 330ci. Anyone try this on a 02 330ci?
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Old 05-19-2005, 09:34 PM   #77
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After reviewing slilley's post above, I did the same thing too...what a difference!

No reason why not to do this mod.

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Anyone have 4 of those pads leftover that they would be willing to put in an envelope and mail to me? I don't have lowes arounds me and spent the morning looking for some with no luck. I can paypal you...
I have some left over. PM me if you still need them.
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The first time I tried this I couldn't get the clutch to engage for ignition. After reading this again. I may have to give it another shot. I used the 1 1/2 bolt without the gripper and I still couldn't get it to start. I'll try it again this weekend and see if I can get it to go.
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The first time I tried this I couldn't get the clutch to engage for ignition. After reading this again. I may have to give it another shot. I used the 1 1/2 bolt without the gripper and I still couldn't get it to start. I'll try it again this weekend and see if I can get it to go.
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