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Old 06-25-2015, 12:51 PM   #1
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2004+ Complete Clutch Kits

Hello everyone!

Long time lurker here and I finally have an issue that searching couldnt resolve.

I have a 2004 325ci 5spd BMW that needs a new flywheel. Clutch was replaced 50K ago (lots of traffic around here). Anyway, I have what I think is flywheel failure due to the dual mass mechanism. So Im in the market for a new FW more so than the clutch, but I think I should just do both at the same time.

So what have 2004+ owners done for FW replacement? Our options seem so limited and I cant figure out why,

It seems there is only the usual Luk/Sachs FW which runs around $450 or getting a lightweight UUC kit for $1200+. I would like to be done with the DMF setup but dont mind it if its the cheaper option.

I looked at gripforce, valeo and everything around the interwebs to find some company that has a reasonably priced FW + Clutch kit combo for 2004+. No luck. Meanwhile I see complete clutch and FW kits for 2003 going for $400.

Alternatively, Ive also noticed that both the 2003 and the 2004 325CI have the same part # for the flywheel, so wouldnt that make the FWs interchangeable, meaning I can get a 2003 flywheel and buy a 2004 clutch?

Anybody have any experience with post 2003 clutch/fw jobs?

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Old 06-22-2016, 07:13 PM   #2
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Hello everyone!

Long time lurker here and I finally have an issue that searching couldnt resolve.

I have a 2004 325ci 5spd BMW that needs a new flywheel. Clutch was replaced 50K ago (lots of traffic around here). Anyway, I have what I think is flywheel failure due to the dual mass mechanism. So Im in the market for a new FW more so than the clutch, but I think I should just do both at the same time.

So what have 2004+ owners done for FW replacement? Our options seem so limited and I cant figure out why,

It seems there is only the usual Luk/Sachs FW which runs around $450 or getting a lightweight UUC kit for $1200+. I would like to be done with the DMF setup but dont mind it if its the cheaper option.

I looked at gripforce, valeo and everything around the interwebs to find some company that has a reasonably priced FW + Clutch kit combo for 2004+. No luck. Meanwhile I see complete clutch and FW kits for 2003 going for $400.

Alternatively, Ive also noticed that both the 2003 and the 2004 325CI have the same part # for the flywheel, so wouldnt that make the FWs interchangeable, meaning I can get a 2003 flywheel and buy a 2004 clutch?

Anybody have any experience with post 2003 clutch/fw jobs?

I'm resurecting this old thread cause I have the same question. And no answers anywhere.

Any 04 owners have the answer?
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:19 PM   #3
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So my investigation after starting this thread has revealed that the flywheels are the same. The issue is with the clutch kit. The pre-2004 models have a transmission input shaft with 11 splines. The 2004+ transmissions have a 22 spline input shaft.

The problem with buying a "2003" flywheel such as the one that comes with the valeo kit, is that with FW being solid- the clutch kit would need to be sprung hub. The only sprung hub kits I found were so much more expensive than a luk 03-063 kit that you would blow the money you saved on the flywheel on getting a more expensive clutch kit to match it.
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:53 PM   #4
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That was what I was starting to think.

So did you end up staying with stock dual mass and SAC? Or spend the money?
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:51 PM   #5
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I ended up going with the dmf and luk but haven't gotten around to putting them on. Been quoted $550 to put it on by a reputable shop. If I can't get around to it before the end of summer Ill probably take it to the indy. Ive been mostly driving on the freeway so it hasn't bothered me so much as it did driving in traffic.
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