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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-11-2012, 10:45 PM
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need advice on retailers and parts for new clutch kit please

hows it going everyone. i havent been on here in a very long time, i have been deployed overseas and currently still am. i am however getting to go back home in the near future and now that i have some money to spare i am looking to replace my clutch on my 2004 330ci.

ive been looking at the various websites like pelican parts and authausaz and turner motorsports and doing price comparisons but i still cant find what im looking for in one place.
pelican parts seems to have the best deal where they provide an entire clucth replacement kit. they include not just the clutch itself but the other little things that need to be replaced as well like the various seals and cylinders. i dont know too much about this process, i am still trying to educate myself on what all really needs to be replaced aside from just the pressure plate the friction disk and the throwout bearing, like so many of the clutch kits only provide for purchase online. my car is a 6 speed ZSP 330ci with a little over 89k miles on it. im sure if im dropping the transmission to replace the clutch more then these 3 things need to be replaced as well correct? anyone who can give me some advice on what all i need to buy for this job when i get back state side would be much appreciated. id like to have everything ordered and ready to go in one job. im not looking to get a lightweight fly wheel by the way. also if any of you have recommendations on a good quality brand like UUC or LUK then please tell me. im not looking for a performance clutch necessarily but i woudnt mind spending a little extra for the one step above the OEM, but i only say that for the durability and longevity of what i buy. if someone has something to recommend that would last a little longer then the OEM then please do. im not looking for performance just reliability and quality.

again anything anyone can say is much appreciated and thank you in advance.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:17 AM
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Try gripforce. There stage 1 clutch should suit you well.
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Try gripforce. There stage 1 clutch should suit you well.
Review of the Stage 2 on E46Fanatics here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=899434

I believe the Stage 1 should be perfect. I think I may go this route myself since it's 50% cheaper than OEM and the flywheel isn't some stupid 8 lb. pizza tray. Then again, I'm fairly hesitant because... well... it's a lightweight flywheel.

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Old 10-12-2012, 12:30 PM
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[QUOTE=SPDSKTR;7129841]Review of the Stage 2 on E46Fanatics here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=899434

I believe the Stage 1 should be perfect. I think I may go this route myself since it's 50% cheaper than OEM and the flywheel isn't some stupid 8 lb. pizza tray. Then again, I'm fairly hesitant because... well... it's a lightweight flywheel.

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I don`t know if the situation with Gripforce has changed or not, but for whatever reason, they didn`t offer a clutch/flywheel kit for the 6-speed E46s. There`s now a bunch of 6-speed cars running around that will need new clutches sooner or later, so it would behoove them to get their sh!t together and offer a proper kit....

And no, Mal....I would not hesitate to install a 16-pound solid billet `wheel in my car....IMHO, that`s probably around the perfect compromise between performance and practicality.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:23 PM
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Review of the Stage 2 on E46Fanatics here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=899434

I believe the Stage 1 should be perfect. I think I may go this route myself since it's 50% cheaper than OEM and the flywheel isn't some stupid 8 lb. pizza tray. Then again, I'm fairly hesitant because... well... it's a lightweight flywheel.

waitingforfastbob...

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Three.....two.....one.....

"Hi, Kids !"

I don`t know if the situation with Gripforce has changed or not, but for whatever reason, they didn`t offer a clutch/flywheel kit for the 6-speed E46s. There`s now a bunch of 6-speed cars running around that will need new clutches sooner or later, so it would behoove them to get their sh!t together and offer a proper kit....

And no, Mal....I would not hesitate to install a 16-pound solid billet `wheel in my car....IMHO, that`s probably around the perfect compromise between performance and practicality.
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And for the bold: I think that may be the route I'll go.

So, uh... smolck... how much for a clutch swap, rear main seal swap, and diff bushing swap? I'll be of whatever assistance I can be.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:47 PM
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all very good advice guys, thank you. any recommendations as to whos a reliable retailer to these online? i havent seen a gripforce brand clutch kit yet. also what all should i make sure i buy long with the kit that needs to be replaced when you swap out a clutch?
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:34 PM
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so i was looking into this setup, the F1 racing stage 2 clutch kit with the flywheel. im curious as to why its so much cheaper then the other kits ive came across? is this just a cheaper manufacturer?
ive came across setups that have just the pressure plate, friction disk and the the throwout bearing for what this whole set up costs, and then a lightweight flywheel alone costing more then this entire clutch kit setup. im just curious as to how the clutch kit hat includes a new flywheel could be so much. would it be wrong to assume that its just a cheap product and therefore will not last me long. i need longevity and reliability with whatever brand i decide to go with.
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