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Old 09-13-2008, 08:24 PM   #41
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141,000 mile clutch parts. The trans side was worn thin to a point where the disk material fell off in pieces, powder and hair. BEWARE ASBESTOS!
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:30 PM   #42
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Rebuilding shifter too.
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:35 PM   #43
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misc. shifter clips, bushings, rods and bracket.
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:40 PM   #44
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:04 PM   #45
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Forgot...here's the old worn out 323i
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:08 PM   #46
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What kind of clutch will you put now??.. SAC again or something else?. BTW did you replace your flywheel aswell?
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:15 PM   #47
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What kind of clutch will you put now??.. SAC again or something else?. BTW did you replace your flywheel aswell?
My car still had it's original clutch. When I examined it I found it had a LUK clutch. I found a original equipment LUK on ebay for $168.00 but the seller never got back with me to answer my question's about part #, etc. So I bought a SACH from a local parts house for $250.00. I also re-used my stock flywheel but I did have it machined.

While the trans was out I thought it would be a good idea to also replace the starter and rear main seal. I also completely rebuilt the shifter and repaced all shifter related bushings. I got that stuff from the BMW dealer and it was actually cheaper than buying online and no shipping charge.

Heres a few more PICS. I really like the feel of the new SACH cutch. Buy the way it was impossible to get the trans in using my trans jack. My daugthers boy friend and I man handled it back into position. I bought a couple of extra metric bolts cut the heads off and cut a slot in the end so I could use them as dowel/guide pins then removed them after I got a couple of bolts started.
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:37 PM   #48
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this is an excellent post!

Looks like you installed a clutch kit together with the pressure plate that has the self adjusting mechanism.


How does the car drive now? I wanted to get rid of SAC, but will leave it alone if it drives well.
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:03 AM   #49
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But a dual mass flywheel can not be machined right??..
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:42 AM   #50
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I thought the clutch smell scared me... this (awesome) post scares me. Holy crap, I don't know if I am that brave.

Anyone know a cheap Kansas City shop?
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:00 AM   #51
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Interesting write up, I may have to be doing this soon...

Did you have to drain any fluid before accessing the clutch?
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:54 PM   #52
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Cool write up. Sub'ing for later. Probably would be a good time change your tranny fluid.

Besides the rear main seal and starter, is there any other preventive maintenance that can be done?
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Old 03-20-2010, 04:52 AM   #53
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well, depending on parts availability...first thing in the morning, HERE WE GO!!! I might just go a little nutty on this one...

Great write up and pics...found this in the nic of time!
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:05 AM   #54
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I have a Clutchmasters Stage 4 kit and lightweight flywheel lying around, is that all I need for the replacement? Or should I also replace any gaskets etc while I'm at it?
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:46 AM   #55
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Could you please also put up any pics that you may have of the rear main seal replacements.

Thanks.
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:11 PM   #56
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Bump! Would also like to know if any other preventative maintenance should be done while doing this DIY.
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:13 AM   #57
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Hi Guys.
Great thread with loads of valuable info and pics.
Noticed after 100,000mls yesterday that my clutch is slipping. It's self adjusting so I'm guessing it's getting close to a change. Going to start getting the parts together. I want to use only stock parts for the clutch, but maybe a lightened flywheel. Also want to change all the transmission linkage bushings and bearings. It's a UK spec car, but I would think it's all much the same. realoem.com is highly recommended, and I'm thinking its going to be invaluable during the planning.

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Old 10-13-2010, 10:03 PM   #58
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Thanks for the great diy!


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Old 11-16-2010, 12:49 PM   #59
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Posting in this so I can check it out later when I need it. EXCELLENT writeup!
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:55 PM   #60
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I just want to thank you for being so generous and taking your time to make such a great write up. good job
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