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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-12-2013, 09:11 PM
Punisher9113 Punisher9113 is online now
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Suggestions for a new clutch.

I have a 03 525i need to replace the clutch release bearing but I figured I just replaced the whole thing. I'm not sure if I should stay stock or go stage 1, if so what brand to use for performance and longevity while still being reasonable affordable.

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Old 01-12-2013, 10:23 PM
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You're kidding, right? With a 2.5 liter engine, you need a killer clutch? Go OEM, and make sure the clutch delay valve is removed.

Ask your mechanic if you should replace the flywheel.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:27 PM
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Can you enlighten me as to how removing the clutch delay valve would make a "killer clutch"?

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:38 AM
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Can you enlighten me as to how removing the clutch delay valve would make a "killer clutch"?

Haha this is great, Edjack is saying that you do not need a performance clutch on a car that doesn't exceed 200 horsepower. Now if you had a 540 and were doing big performance mods then a "stage 1" clutch would be acceptable.

As Edjack said, stay OEM.

And removing the clutch delay valve doesn't make it killer, it removes the slippage and jerkyness the CDV causes.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:55 AM
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I typed /CDV F3 in the bestlinks for the OP to come up with this:
- CDV delete by removing the manual transmission clutch delay valve or by modifying it (1) (2) (3) (4)
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