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      01-31-2013, 09:59 PM   #1
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Clutch Advice ? N54 335xi

For the first time in 120,000 miles, it was very cold out and my clutch started to slip a little in 6th gear when the boost kicked in.....once it slipped, it then was fine. Did it again the other day for a second and then was grabbed fine.

Okay....looking to try and figure out which clutch is for me and I don't want to spend an arm and a leg on extra performance that I will never use, however I don't want to replace another clutch in a long time.

I don't race, I don't track, which is probably whey the original clutch made it to 120k, with about 1/2 of those miles with JB4, meth, etc..

Any clutch advice?

Anyone have a person in MA that can do the work with my assistance?
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I even just had a few 2FbF codes the last week....LOL, when it rains it pours. I just picked up my replacement HPFP today and will tackle that before I tackle the clutch.
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hpf stage 1

act is not good. Horrible engagement point
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hpf stage 1....recommend a new flywheel?
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hpf stage 1....recommend a new flywheel?
Im not sure if they have one or not I know you can get it resurfaced or buy a new one. When the time comes I will probably get a new one with that clutch either stage 1 or 2 hpf
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You may find the Spec clutch stage 1 will fit your needs. It's not aggressive like the other cluthes but it will handle the extra power you have.
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Resurface or install a new flywheel.....????? I've rear some horror stories of recent clutch installs and quick failures.
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Resurface or install a new flywheel.....????? I've rear some horror stories of recent clutch installs and quick failures.
Buy a new one don't risk it.
You can get a bmw oem one for ~800-900.
Or LuK makes a oem one as well that I got for around 450.
You can see the two on ecstunings site. I was able to order the luk at a local Carquest cheaper than ecstuning.
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I resurfaced my flywheel. I have had ACT organic, and 6 puck. I liked the engagement of ACT better (Harder pedal feel). I have the HPF clutch now, it hold better power. But pedal feel is more like stock.
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How far are you from TMS? The know BMWs but they're install prices might be high...
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I would recommend Banchwerks in Providence for the install. I get all my work done there. Very reasonable prices and great quality.
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Did Banchwerks do your clutch Envuks?

Who installed your downpipes? Can you shoot me a rough idea of what they have done and a ball park price?
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get a new FW... Luk was the OE in my car. My FW was shot at 75k when I pulled it... probably was bad way before then. 1 side lost its springiness, but still worked fine. I went with steel SM
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I'm also probably going to be looking into a clutch if mine dies soon. My goals would be handling more power while retaining a stock feel. Ideally i'd like it to handle my current power levels and more if I mod the car more. I definitey don't want the engagement point to be right at the floor though... I also wouldn't want a ridiculously stiff clutch. HPF feramic seems extremely nice but pretty expensive
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sounds like a local clutch day somewhere convenient......Keep me posted on your research.....
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sounds like a local clutch day somewhere convenient......Keep me posted on your research.....
Haha yea I'm gonna do some more research this weekend and i'll let you know if I come up with anything. Jeff recommended spec and i've heard great things about the Spec stage 2's but don't remember what people were saying regarding pedal feel, engagement, etc...
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Banchwerks quoted me the Spec stage 2 and either an aluminum or steel flywheel system.
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Did Banchwerks do your clutch Envuks?

Who installed your downpipes? Can you shoot me a rough idea of what they have done and a ball park price?
I haven't done a clutch on my e92, but they did a clutch for me on my old stg 3 A4. They did do my DPs and coilovers on the e92 though.
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My neighbor quoted me $500 to do the job and he doesn't mind me watching/helping...more like standing there with a beer in my hand watching from under the lift....

He's done BMW clutches before, along with even working on NSX's...as he is a former Acura mechanic.

I'll get my clutch done up within 2 weeks and post a lot of pictures and write up. Still trying to figure out what system to install!!!
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I have a Spec Stage 3+ clutch and their new steel flywheel being installed this coming weekend in my XI.. I could let you know how it is once I am through breaking it in. My clutch finally died after 108,XXX miles. lol

I will also write a review once I get it all broken in.
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I have a Spec Stage 3+ clutch and their new steel flywheel being installed this coming weekend in my XI.. I could let you know how it is once I am through breaking it in. My clutch finally died after 108,XXX miles. lol

I will also write a review once I get it all broken in.
Guess your clutch failed a little earlier than mine due to your tune being Cobb.....LOL......kidding, I bet your cobb was only on for 20,000 miles!

Why were your reasons for going with the 3+........and what is the "new" steel flywheel...is it dual mass?
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Cobb was in the car for 64,000 of the miles.. The clutch is holding up and I still drive the car daily, it just isn't happy at all when I get on it with my 50/50 mix of e85.
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