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Old 07-09-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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So.. I have a 5-speed 330ci 02 & The time to replace the clutch has come. Idk what route to go however. Aftermarket (ebay) clutch & lflywheel or exedy clutch kit and resurface fly wheel :0 feed back is greatly appreciated! The car has 108,000 miles. It only slips when redlineing and the engage point is pretty high.


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Old 07-09-2013, 11:29 AM   #2
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I'm at a quarter million miles on my clutch. I suspect you have much more life in yours too.

The 'test' I recall reading about is to block the front wheels (on a curb...with chocks...parking barrier) and put the car in fifth. If the car stalls when you do that, the clutch is fine.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:51 AM   #3
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So.. I have a 5-speed 330ci 02 & The time to replace the clutch has come. Idk what route to go however. Aftermarket (ebay) clutch & lflywheel or exedy clutch kit and resurface fly wheel :0 feed back is greatly appreciated! The car has 108,000 miles. It only slips when redlineing and the engage point is pretty high.


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Since the cars have self adjusting clutch mechanisms, the engagement point wont indicate a worn clutch disc. Hmmmmmmmm i'm debating on what to go with as well when I do the job. I'm leaning towards an E34 M5 clutch kit and Valeo single mass flywheel. I would like some input on this from people who have used similar setups. Or the UUC lightweight flywheel.. but honestly I think I want some weight there to keep the harmonics from freaking out and shredding my engine to pieces.
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:21 PM   #4
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Sub'd. I'm almost also set on the m5 clutch but looking for some middle ground on the flywheel (not too light but also not the dual mass that's already in there.)

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Old 07-09-2013, 01:05 PM   #5
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No one has aftermarket clutch setups apparently. That sucks. I guess we will be the guinea pigs. I've been looking in to that m5 setup as well. I would rather stay stock though, my friend advice me to stay away from aftermarket light fly wheel because the cars aren't meant to use those parts.

As far as my clutch, like I mentioned redlineing is a no go with this clutch.


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Old 07-09-2013, 01:06 PM   #6
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No one has aftermarket clutch setups apparently. That sucks. I guess we will be the guinea pigs. I've been looking in to that m5 setup as well. I would rather stay stock though, my friend advice me to stay away from aftermarket light fly wheel because the cars aren't meant to use those parts.

As far as my clutch, like I mentioned redlineing is a no go with this clutch.


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Old 07-09-2013, 01:59 PM   #7
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No one has aftermarket clutch setups apparently. That sucks. I guess we will be the guinea pigs. I've been looking in to that m5 setup as well. I would rather stay stock though, my friend advice me to stay away from aftermarket light fly wheel because the cars aren't meant to use those parts.

As far as my clutch, like I mentioned redlineing is a no go with this clutch.


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Tons of people have the UUC clutch. Search around.
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I'm sure they have that uuc setup, but I want feed back as far as noise/thoughts/comments/concerns they had. It's always good to hear from some one that has been there done that.


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I'm sure they have that uuc setup, but I want feed back as far as noise/thoughts/comments/concerns they had. It's always good to hear from some one that has been there done that.


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If you search for it, you'll find some feedback. I know several of the clutch DIY guides used a UUC clutch and I'm sure the writer reviewed the clutch afterwards. Plus, that'll attract other people who did the same thing for feedback. Just browse those threads.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:03 PM   #10
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if you want a long lasting clutch with no noise and same good pedal feel get stock flywheel(dont resurface dual mass at high mileage) with stock clutch. Should last you a long long time.

if you do go with an aftermarket setup like a light flywheel, you will get gear rattle known around the webs as "chatter" which is really gear rattle. If you can live with te faint noises it makes in neutral and with the AC on then go for it. This does take a hit on the "civility" but if because racecar, go for it with after market clutch.

I recommend stock as no aftermarket clutch setup Ive had ever lasted me more than 50k and my original lasted me a good 130k.

Take my advice, go stock dual mass(dont resurface and im not going to argue with people who say it is okay unless youre doing the work all yourself) and stock clutch so that you get another 100k or whatever mileage you have now all over again.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:27 PM   #11
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Why not resurface the flywheel? Thats what Ill probably do to be honest. What signs did your clutch have before you replaced it.


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if you want a long lasting clutch with no noise and same good pedal feel get stock flywheel(dont resurface dual mass at high mileage) with stock clutch. Should last you a long long time.

if you do go with an aftermarket setup like a light flywheel, you will get gear rattle known around the webs as "chatter" which is really gear rattle. If you can live with te faint noises it makes in neutral and with the AC on then go for it. This does take a hit on the "civility" but if because racecar, go for it with after market clutch.

I recommend stock as no aftermarket clutch setup Ive had ever lasted me more than 50k and my original lasted me a good 130k.

Take my advice, go stock dual mass(dont resurface and im not going to argue with people who say it is okay unless youre doing the work all yourself) and stock clutch so that you get another 100k or whatever mileage you have now all over again.
I have two problems with dual-mass.

1) it's stupid expensive. $800 for flywheel alone.

2) the springs inside wear quickly and easily and apparently are known to cause a strong jerk at low RPMs with the clutch fully engaged and out. (Yes, CDV deleted) This has been documented on Bimmerfest and I am hoping it causes my delay-jerk problem as well as a few others here who also experience that problem at a take off from a stop light.

I want to go single mass valeo.

This is a GREAT deal:

Amazon.com Valeo 52161203 single mass conversion flywheel kit
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1 left in stock. Lets see who buys it first mango! Lol.


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I know. I want it badly but i don't reaaaaaaaaaally need it. I bookmarked it for the future. Save that Valeo part#. took me a while to track it down
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How many miles you got on your clutch?


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Does your clutch pedal vibrate when pushed all the way in? Im trying to see if its worth replacing now or wait a few thousand miles.


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Nope not at all. My clutch exhibits no signs of excessive wear or noise. I just want to get rid of the dual mass flywheel.
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Do you have any suggestions to ultimately decide if it's worth replacing a clutch? I've heard plenty of tests, but I am still hesitant.


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You can try shifting from 2nd to 5th at like 4-5k rpm and see if it slips. It should engage instantly.
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