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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 04-06-2013, 11:56 PM   #1
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Ok guys, I need your help!! I'm doing my clutch by myself and am currently stuck at the flywheel. Do I need the special tool to get the flywheel off? And where can I find the best, most reliable way to eliminate the SAC (buy kit, buy individual parts?) best place to obtain said parts?
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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on my e34 the flywheel was held on by a torx bit. I bough a cheap seat at autozone and ground it down till it fit. about the SAC, you'll need a kit, there are many out there but usually get rid of the dual mass as well
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:16 AM   #3
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just loosen the inverted torx bolts inside the flywheel. I did mine with an air gun, but you could do it by hand. If the flywheel spins too much, put a glove on and hold it steady. I spent 6 months researching and only found one clutch that would work. UUC organic kit for 330s.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #4
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What size are the bolts that's all I need to know to finish mine.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:03 AM   #5
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just loosen the inverted torx bolts inside the flywheel. I did mine with an air gun, but you could do it by hand. If the flywheel spins too much, put a glove on and hold it steady. I spent 6 months researching and only found one clutch that would work. UUC organic kit for 330s.
Did you also do the lightweight flywheel?
Or has anybody done that and can comment on it?
Vibrations or Noise?
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:11 PM   #6
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I finally got mine in. The flywheel does make noise but doesn't seem to make the performance any lesser. I'll have to upload a picture of the clutch I pulled out of my car.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:07 PM   #7
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Perfectly aligned clutch/flywheel should not chatter. Only the very best techs can do this on a very light flywheel.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:32 PM   #8
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Well I talked to a tech here in Jackson and they informed me that just about any aftermarket flywheel is going to chatter.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #9
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Well I talked to a tech here in Jackson and they informed me that just about any aftermarket flywheel is going to chatter.
Yeah I said the very best techs, not some guy at a local shop in Mississippi. Lol.

All clutch chatter is caused by improper installation- common misconception on this forum.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:31 PM   #10
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Clutch chatter has nothing to do with alignment. The flywheel is aligned with a dowel and so is the pressure plate. The disc is aligned with a tool or an old input shaft and that is so you can install the trans back in. Once the car is running and you depress the clutch pedal the disc is free floating and the input shaft keeps it aligned. Chatter is caused by a bad pressure plate or a warped disc from overheating. If you remove the dual mass flywheel you will get a lot of gear rattle at idle in neutral with the clutch released. It won't hurt anything but is a very annoying noise. That is why BMW came out with the dual mass setup. The older cars like a 1981 528 had an extra set of bearing in the trans and did not rattle. They lightened up the gearboxes and the rattle was a by product. I've replaced many many clutches and the only time I've run into chatter is when the customer was too cheap to replace the flywheel.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:26 AM   #11
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I replaced the clutch, pressure plate, and flywheel to the UUC kit. So apparently it has nothing to do with not changing the flywheel either.


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Old 04-20-2013, 03:39 PM   #12
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Do you like it? How does it feel different from stock? Just curious.
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