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Old 06-04-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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Clutch throw out bearing.

It's noisy now. '99 328is has 181K. That needs to be addressed so might as well do something fun while the tranny is out.

So what's the most popular replacement kit for clutch / flywheel?
Any recommendations?

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Old 06-04-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:42 PM   #3
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Funny I was also thinking OEM... but my buddy here is like "No get a light flywheel and a stage 2 clutch blah blah etc"...
So this is why I'm asking Maxbimmer in case some specific brand/setup is really better and more enjoyable than the OEM Sachs...
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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What are your future plans for the car? I'f your not adding any significant power mods then oem is perfectly good. It sucks having those stiff staged clutches on the street especially if you daily the car in traffic.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:56 PM   #5
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No power mods planned, so I guess OEM wins. Feels a bit boring though... ;-)
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:07 PM   #6
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OEM SACHS.

Not a fan of a rattling clutch with pretty much all LTW Flywheel setups. Unless you are pushing more power than stock, or do alot of drifting, stay stock.

If you have a bad itch to mod it, do an M3 Flywheel and OEM Clutch. But it sounds like you don't need it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:59 PM   #7
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Another vote for OEM here. I went the JB/clutchmasters route when I did the clutch on my 540/6 and I wish I hadn't. It's not crazy, but the rattle in neutral when you're going through a drive-thru is enough to be annoying after a while and the Clutchmasters pressure plate, even though it's only a stage 1 setup, is pretty on/off. OEM felt way better and I can't say I really felt much improvement over stock in terms of street performance (I don't go to the track). Should have saved my money. The feel actually bugs me enough that I've considered going back to stock.

Another thing to consider is the possibility of it messing with the balance of the motor. It's only slight, but I swear the belt drive on the front of my motor is a bit wobbly since doing the "upgrade".
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:35 PM   #8
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Mine has become embarassing as well, rattling everytime I engage the clutch. (same km about 180)

I Have been looking for an answer as to what is the difference between the m3 clutch and the 328 one? Reason I ask is I will be dropping in an s52 over the winter. Should I just order the m3 kit on pelicanparts and use it in my 328is until the m3 motor goes in?
Also is the m3 flywheel that much different?
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328i has a 228mm clutch plate, M3 has a 240mm clutch plate. You will need an M3 flywheel to use the M3 clutch.
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328i has a 228mm clutch plate, M3 has a 240mm clutch plate. You will need an M3 flywheel to use the M3 clutch.
Alright thanks. But I'm correct in thinking that my 328 flywheel will bolt up to the s52 correct? the swaps I've read about don't look like they've got new flywheels...any disadvantages to using the 228mm clutch and flywheel on the s52? or vice versa
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Yes. Just make sure to use the right clutch for the flywheel.
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