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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
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Old Thu, Jun-19-2008, 03:53:48 PM   #1
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Anyone know of any clutch replacement DIYs ? Tried searching couldnt find anything regarding the topic.
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Subscribing. If no one can seriously find this then I'm taking pictures when I do my clutch, and then posting it on a website full of ads!
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Anyone know of any clutch replacement DIYs ? Tried searching couldnt find anything regarding the topic.
Do you have SMG?
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Quick search yielded this for e36. Still looking for e46.


http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...ch_Replace.htm
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Another source. Sounds like a PIA.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=514381
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Quick search yielded this for e36. Still looking for e46.


http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...ch_Replace.htm
E46 is identical. In fact, the transmissions are even interchangeable. The differences are in the clutches, output flanges/driveshaft length, and shifting mechanism.

Seriously, the Pelican DIY is all that you need for the M3.

IMHO, the most annoying thing will probably be the starter. Everything else is reasonably accessible (even with the threaded starter, it's still a giant pain in the ass). I will freely admit that I have not actually done a clutch job on an E46 M3 (just an E30 325is, E36 M3, and E46 323), but it's all the same. Except for the intake manifold/throttle bodies, which are a hell of a lot harder to get out of the way if you're struggling with the starter.
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I did a clutch on an e39 m5 in march and to my surprise the biggest issue me and my friend had was dropping that 100lb exhaust!

It was about the same difficulty as an e36 m3 I'd say, so I'm assuming the e46 M3 shouldn't have many, if any, new surprises. Thankfully the exhaust is sectioned so you don't have to worry with that headache.

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Go for it. Change everything though, which includes bearings and bolts.
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I did a clutch on an e39 m5 in march and to my surprise the biggest issue me and my friend had was dropping that 100lb exhaust!

It was about the same difficulty as an e36 m3 I'd say, so I'm assuming the e46 M3 shouldn't have many, if any, new surprises. Thankfully the exhaust is sectioned so you don't have to worry with that headache.

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That E39 M5 exhaust was a *****, wasn't it! Man, I hope that clutch assembly lasts a long time because I don't want us to have to drop that exhaust again.

As Nick has basically alluded to, if you've read one clutch DIY on a BMW, you have read them all. I have replaced clutches on E30's, E36's, and E39's and basically, they are all the exact same process. There might be an extra brace or heat shield to remove, but it's the same process overall.

If you have access to a lift, I highly recommend using it. If not, then having the car on jackstands will do-that is how I have done all but one clutch job. It's a ***** especially if you are above average size, but it is doable.
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