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      08-23-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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Aftermarket Clutch Stop review

i have gotten a few pms asking me about the clutch stop i have, so a review would be easier. (i have m3, but i believe it apples to all e90/92/93, and i have had a few 335 owners asking me)

one thing i noticed after getting my m3 was the clutch engagement. first of all the spring made the clutch not as linear, and on top of that from the position of clutch fully depressed to the engagement point, it was quite a lot of "useless" travel. so it made shifting a bit slower and sometimes not as easy to predict. took me a while to get better, but especially 1st to 2nd shift it was a bit hard for my wife since she couldn't get the point.

after searching for some options, i landed on these stoppers:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/E9X-B...item35ac09578a

i went ahead and order it (14 bucks). it's been maybe 2 months since i had it? and i have been very very happy about the new stopper. my wife is saying the same as well. here's a few notes i have:

1) it's sooo easy to install. i have read on the eas one and looked at the bracket, given the location, angle, it's so hard to put in the bracket, not to mention so many people breaking theirs. the one i got is very easy, simple take out the old one and push in the new one. i didn't even have to take off any panels, i just felt in and took out the old one followed by pushing in the new one, 30 seconds

2) i haven't checked but i believe this one is cheaper than the one from eas (and a few others i found). that was the main reason i decided to give it a try (and i am glad)

3) the clutch travel distance is noticeably reduced. much shorter now, and it's much closer to the engagement point. i don't see any problem shifting (as long as depressed until clutch stops), and there is still a little distance from engagement point. but it becomes very short and very easy to catch

4) downshift and rev match is much easier now because the clutch is so close to engagement point now. my wife tells me she can feel i downshift faster now and very smooth

5) my wife says 1st to 2nd shift is very easy now, much smoother, very natural now. this is something she's been struggling

6) this doesn't affect the hill stop function at all. as long as the clutch is depressed until it stops, and brakes applied, when the brake is released, the car will hold itself

7) i have put on about 2000 miles on the clutch stop, and even in heat like 100 degrees, and i haven't noticed anything wrong with it (getting loose or rattle)

so overall, i am very happy with the clutch stop. easy to install, works very well, and for the cost? it's really a no brainer
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      08-23-2010, 08:05 PM   #2
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thx for the review just ordered one can't wait to feel the diff
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      08-23-2010, 08:10 PM   #3
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thanks for the great review, just received mine today.
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Thanks for the review just ordered one as well.
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I think ur wife just wants u to think ur a better driver lmao
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      08-24-2010, 01:02 AM   #6
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hahaha shut up boost

glad to help guys. in terms of driving i think the new stop definitely make shifting easier, 14 bucks, a deal i say
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Got mine from Khoalty - similar experience - hill stop works fine, etc. One thing was that sometimes I have to make sure that I have the clutch in with some pressure on it before the car will start - I think the clutch stop is pretty aggressive and is right up to the point where the car senses the clutch is "depressed" for purposes of the safety switch thing.


This isn't a problem at ALL for me, but I wonder how many times I'm going to have to explain it to a valet...

I might just shave like 1mm off the thing and I'm sure it would solve this issue entirely.
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Great review man!! I just received mine yesterday from the same ebay seller, and had a similar experience. Under a minute to install, didnt have to remove panels, and this is definately one of the best mods I've done to my car. The clutch travel is perfect now!!! And, I ordered it on Friday, and it was at my house Monday. Coast to coast that quickly is pretty damn good!!
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Thanks for review man. I just ordered as well. For <$20 why not.
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I really appreciate you for posting this. This is what the forum is all about.
I'm going to be ordering this today.
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purchased. thanks again for this review.
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Ordered. Can't wait to try it out!
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just ordered mine too...if it sucks I am coming after you OP
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no problem everyone, glad i was able to help i got a few pm asking me so might as well just do a review and answer questions people asked.

bkr335, yup, probably the one you have is so close to the engagement point it's affecting the start.

joec500, you scaring me!
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nice! i ordered the same one for my 135i, love the new feel
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Just installed my clutch stop
Went for a short drive, WOW a big improvement over stock.
This is how the car should've come stock.
Its now quicker and smoother when shifting gears quickly.
I cant wait to to commute to work tomorrow
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How do you know the clutch is fully disengaged if you have a clutch stop ? Is there a way to determine this ? I wouldn't want to change my clutch 20.000 miles earlier because of this...

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How do you know the clutch is fully disengaged if you have a clutch stop ? Is there a way to determine this ? I wouldn't want to change my clutch 20.000 miles earlier because of this...
If the car will start, I guess it's fully disengaged.
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If the car will start, I guess it's fully disengaged.
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When the clutch hits the new stop the car will start...
So its safe to assume that while driving if you depress the clutch til it hits the stop your fully disengaged.

I love this mod... Completely changes the shifting dynamics in a good way.
Now I can't wait to get my SSK installed to go along with it.
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I bought this last saturday and it arrived on monday. This is definately how this car should have come stock. My wife and I always complained about how crappy the engagement point is on this car and how hard it is to feel. IMO this is just as necessary as the CDV removal or modification. Best mod for under 20 bucks Ive seen for this car
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