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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Dec-13-2017, 07:11:31 PM   #1
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Default Clutch and Flywheel Recommendations

Long story short, my clutch isn't disengaging properly anymore and its time to pull the transmission and sort it out. Car has 107k miles and is otherwise in excellent condition.

I'm always looking to improve the driving experience and/or do some bulletproofing whenever I take on a new project. I always felt the stock clutch felt kinda dead, especially after coming from a 6 puck performance clutch on my previous car with a SM flywheel conversion.

I understand that the stock clutch and flywheel are quite well built. While I'm not looking for maximum crazy torque capacity, I want an engaging, direct feel without sacrificing too much in the way of noise and vibration. The car is strictly a street car that gets driven enthusiastically regularly.

I wanted to ditch the DM flywheel, I consider them just another failure point designed for saps who can't drive a MT well. The Rogue Engineering clutch w/ steel flywheel looks promising, but I don't have much experience with this platform yet, so I'm open to suggestions or opinions on it, or other recommendations, or new information or products that have been developed relatively recently. I've done some searching but 90% of posts just say "get the OE clutch."

Aside from the obvious, I would like to beef up the slave cylinder and throw-out bearing if possible. Any suggestions as far as those would be helpful too. I will also be upgrading to a stainless steel pivot pin and ss clutch line.

I'm going to be taking care of the rear main seal, input shaft seal, and selector rod seal, are there any other recommendations as far as "while you're in there" stuff to replace? I want every part I need before I begin this job (unlike when I tackled my VANOS rebuild ). I just did the guibo, CSB, and DS centering sleeve, as well as OE engine and 034 Motorsport transmission mounts.

Sorry for the long post, but I've spent hours searching already and I haven't come up with much beyond "get OE" which just seems lazy to me. Also, there is a staggering amount of information to sit and sift through. I would not be as opposed to OE if there were other upgrades I could combine with it that will contribute to greater longevity of components and increased feel.

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Default Re: Clutch and Flywheel Recommendations

Iíve had too many slave cylinder blow up to not recommend replacing it. Itís a relatively cheap part. Itís a PIA to fish out the rod if it does blow up...just went through this 3 weeks ago.

As far as non-stock options...South Bend seems to be a popular choice for BMWs. If anything, getting a Non-SAC pressure plate is the key to crisper engagement. The OE luk and Sachs units have the SAC unit.


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I'll second the Southbend recommendation. Reasonable prices and reliability is there.
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I'll second the Southbend recommendation. Reasonable prices and reliability is there.


And theyíre SAC-less.


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Default Re: Clutch and Flywheel Recommendations

My previous car had a Southbend and I thought it was great. Never had a problem with it so I'll definitely check it out. I had checked the website and didn't see any mention of BMW but I found it after a quick google.

So with that I would run a JB Racing steel flywheel?

Anything in terms of upgraded slaves or throwout bearings?

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Umm I've literally never heard of anyone's DM flywheel breaking. And the DM part has nothing to do with making it easier to shift...? I think you're just complicating things for yourself as the OEM works great.
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I've got the Rogue Engineering stage 1 clutch with single mass steel flywheel. Lighter than stock (14lbs) without the chatter of an aluminum wheel. Pretty happy with it so far on street and track.
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Default Re: Clutch and Flywheel Recommendations

I have the JB flywheel. Definitely makes the clutch more on/off but youíll get a lot more rattle from the tranny.

Iíd stick with the OE flywheel. Unless you roasted a couple of clutches on it, should be good to go.

Slave and TOB...not aware of any aftermarket options.


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Iím in the same boat. Canít make up my mind.


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I've got the Rogue Engineering stage 1 clutch with single mass steel flywheel. Lighter than stock (14lbs) without the chatter of an aluminum wheel. Pretty happy with it so far on street and track.
Does the steel flywheel not rattle when compared to aluminum? I thought single mass fly wheels chatter from being single and not dual!
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