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E46 (1999 - 2006)
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 05-02-2013, 12:21 PM
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I believe I'll be replacing my clutch and flywheel this weekend...

What I have:

1) OEM Sachs clutch
2) OEM Luk flywheel
3) Detent springs
4) Rear main seal
5) Pilot bearing
6) Throwout bearing
7) Driveshaft support bearing
8) Input shaft seal
9) Tail shaft seal
10) All necessary bolts
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To be honest, I'm pretty effing intimidated. I may have to hunt down a Bentley manual, but the person who agreed to help me has done clutch swaps before.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:27 PM
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:34 PM
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What about giubo? Extra exhaust studs n nuts when they disintegrate? Pivot pin and fork spring? Selector rod seal? Fat spliff?
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:40 PM
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Yes... Guibo and differential bushing are on the list, too.

I need to swing by the BMW parts place and get more exhaust bolts and nuts. I believe I have the selector rod seal. Pivot pin and fork spring, I'm unsure of. I'll have to check when I get home.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:50 PM
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You should just drive to Shads house. Park your car behind his so he can't get out and leave the clutch parts on his doorstep.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:58 PM
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You should just drive to Shads house. Park your car behind his so he can't get out and leave the clutch parts on his doorstep.
I just laughed out loud at work. We've got a big car guy here and the running joke is that if you want something done to your car, just drive over to his house and start working on it. He will eventually come outside and takeover.
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You should just drive to Shads house. Park your car behind his so he can't get out and leave the clutch parts on his doorstep.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:25 PM
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You should just drive to Shads house. Park your car behind his so he can't get out and leave the clutch parts on his doorstep.


I was lucky to even get ahold of him today, and that was to pick up the axle for my girlfriend's car!
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Don`t forget the splined clutch alignment tool....


Have you ever removed a pilot bearing ? Here`s a relatively inexpensive puller if you need one :
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To be honest, I'm pretty effing intimidated. I may have to hunt down a Bentley manual, but the person who agreed to help me has done clutch swaps before.
I printed out the entire tech article from Pelican to do one of our E36s: http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...ch_Replace.htm In the comments section, they mention that there are a few differences between E46 and E36, especially some torque specs.

It would also be a good time to replace the plastic shifter linkage bushings and even the shifter arm bushing. Have a 3 ft. long socket extension (plus others) to reach the upper transmission mount (e.g. bell housing and starter motor) screws.
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Re: I believe I'll be replacing my clutch and flywheel this weekend...

If you're dropping the trans, replace the detent pins

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Old 05-02-2013, 06:59 PM
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Re: I believe I'll be replacing my clutch and flywheel this weekend...

I need detent pins, the pivot pin (same thing?), and... fork spring (I have three detent springs). What else?

How else can I remove the bearing if I don't have a puller? Screwdriver and elbow grease?

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Old 05-02-2013, 07:25 PM
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Pefect time to consider the short shifter kit?

PM me and I'll hook you up with some more info for the job.

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How else can I remove the bearing if I don't have a puller? Screwdriver and elbow grease?
Depends on which type of bearing you have....if it`s the needle-bearing type, you`ll need a puller, no two ways about it.

If it`s the solid bushing type, you can take the thickest, heaviest grease you have on hand, and pack it in *tightly* through the hole in the bearing, filling the *entire* void behind the bearing....NO air bubbles !
Then, take a short length of round steel rod that will *just* fit through the bearing`s hole, insert one end into the hole, and begin wailing on the other end with your 3-pound Baby Sledge. If you have enough heavy grease in there, the hydraulic pressure will get behind the bushing, and push it out.
Primitive, but effective if you don`t have a puller on hand.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:23 AM
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I need detent pins, the pivot pin (same thing?), and... fork spring (I have three detent springs). What else?

How else can I remove the bearing if I don't have a puller? Screwdriver and elbow grease?

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Pivot pin is what the fork rides on. Stock is plastic I think.

#6 and #7(spring)

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...93&hg=21&fg=05

Sometimes you're lucky and can just pull the pilot bearing out with a finger, but be prepared.
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DIY E46 Merit Badges: Sunroof resurrection, CCV, OFHG, VCG w/ VANOS seals, DISA, Cooling Refresh I, steering giubo, window regs, Magnetic Infandibulator (see wiki)
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:29 AM
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Re: I believe I'll be replacing my clutch and flywheel this weekend...

I already have the UUC SSK. Thanks, though!

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Old 05-04-2013, 08:40 AM
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Sorry guys, my life has been way too busy for anything car related. Hell, my own car has had the brake pad warning light on for two weeks. My real job is a bear right now.
I figured as much. I was honestly getting worried something happened to you.

Want to come help us? Just got the car on jacks.

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Old 05-04-2013, 09:26 AM
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Re: I believe I'll be replacing my clutch and flywheel this weekend...

Well... due to the late start and lack of know-how, we're tackling other projects (RTABs).

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RTABs done. Profanities were used. Good times were had.

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Now, that 2JZ swapped into an E46 would be interesting....
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Damnit Bob don't temp me. I am trying to convince myself to keep the 46 "stock" and buy an e30 to give hell.. now you put these ideas in my head...

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