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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 12-14-2012, 04:08 PM
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Not another clutch question!

Hey everyone. 105,000 miles of daily abuse has left my stock 328i clutch in a bad spot. It's slipping pretty consistently under heavy loads, so I've been granny driving around for the last week. I don't want to waste everyone's time with another "What clutch is best?" thread, because I've done some searching, but I need some input to go with the research I've been doing. Ideally, I'd like to upgrade to a more aggressive clutch, and I'd really like to get rid of the dual-mass flywheel and CDV. Some of the options I've looked at include another stock setup, an M3 setup with a LTW flywheel, an E34 M5 clutch with an LTW flywheel, and the options from F1/Gripforce. Can anyone provide some additional help as I make this decision?
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:43 PM
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I would recommend F1 Racing, as others on this forum would. You get a 15lb flywheel that's still DD-able, and a nice grippy clutch.

I have their OE setup linked below. It's supposed to be an OEM clutch and PP. It grips really hard though. I love it because you can really nail shifts, but it definitely isn't like any other OEM setup I've used. However, I've never used a brand new OEM setup to compare it to.

You can get their stage 1, 2 or 3 setup with the 10lb flywheel and 6 puck clutch, but I'm not sure how necessary that is. I think the OE setup is a perfect balance of performance and driveability, and I'm usually someone to lean towards performance over comfort.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/F1-CLUTCH-KI...f8db46&vxp=mtr
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:30 PM
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cj you drove my car....

that was a OEM new setup.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:06 AM
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Then yeah. Much different from OEM. Didn't realize yours was new, Franklyn.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:15 AM
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Thanks for the review. After deliberation, I'm between a Sachs clutch and PP setup with an F1 single mass flywheel, and a full F1 stage 2/3 setup with OEM bearings as cheap insurance. Can anyone else speak to the merits of either of these kits?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SACHS-CLUTCH...36e795&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/F1-STAGE-3-C...0112c3&vxp=mtr

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:25 AM
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Thanks for the review. After deliberation, I'm between a Sachs clutch and PP setup with an F1 single mass flywheel, and a full F1 stage 2/3 setup with OEM bearings as cheap insurance. Can anyone else speak to the merits of either of these kits?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SACHS-CLUTCH...36e795&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/F1-STAGE-3-C...0112c3&vxp=mtr

Thanks.
I would recommend the OE setup for your car. I have a bolt-on S52 and the OE setup still doesn't slip a bit on hard shifts. The stage 2/3 setup would definitely be overkill on a 328.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:15 AM
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:25 AM
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i made a public profile that everyone can add me on
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:51 AM
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:32 PM
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Thanks CJ and Jay.
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