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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 Fri, Feb-10-2017, 03:33:20 AM   #1
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Default Clutch DIY Venue?

So I want to DIY my clutch. I have 2 options:

1. Use the auto shop on my local military base. This place has lifts that I can rent for $10 per hour. I can't leave my car on the lift for more than one night. My concern is that I won't be able to finish in time. I also won't have much access to friends for help.

2. Jack stands in my garage. Much harder to do but I can take as much time as I want and have easier access to help. My M3 is a second car so downtime isn't an issue.

I'm leaning to option 2 due to the fact that something ALWAYS comes up on a project like this where I might need more time. I can't just leave it on base on the lift indefinitely.

Never done a BMW clutch, pretty intimidated actually but I think I can do it.

What would you do?

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It's not too involved, you can probably get away with doing it on the lift if you have everything you need and not have to go out and buy stuff. But with that being said, I'd go with option 2. I did mine on jackstands, and it wasn't too bad. I used the 6 ton Harbor Freight ones which have a lot of ground clearance.

You also hit it right on the head with something always coming up during a project.
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Old Fri, Feb-10-2017, 05:22:58 AM   #3
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Default Re: Clutch DIY Venue?

at home on jackstands.

my friend and I did his clutch only to find out that E46's have a self adjusting clutch ....guess what we had to redo the whole job again following weekend..haha .
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Old Fri, Feb-10-2017, 05:29:33 AM   #4
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Do it at home and take your time. Get a set of 6-ton jack stands so you have plenty of room.
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Old Fri, Feb-10-2017, 03:19:28 PM   #5
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Default Clutch DIY Venue?

I'd do it on jackstands at home. Once you have the exhaust and driveshaft out, it's just 11 more bolts to drop the transmission


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Default Re: Clutch DIY Venue?

I was in the same situation as you. Do it at the shop on base, or do it at home in a garage. Ended up going to a friends house and we knocked it out in a weekend, as well as new brake pads, rotors, and a new clutch line.
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Do it at home and take your time. Get a set of 6-ton jack stands so you have plenty of room.
This, and with a transmission jack you can do this job alone if need be, also, If you have the stock shifter it's a great time to rebuild the linkage and replace the CPV o-ring on the engine.

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Default Re: Clutch DIY Venue?

If you'd done one before I'd say lift, but since it's your first... better to not have the time pressure, at do it at home.
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Default Re: Clutch DIY Venue?

Thanks guys. I was leaning towards home as well, this seals the deal. Time to accumulate parts. I'll start with an auto solutions SSK.

Anyone know the lead time on their kits? I'd like to do the 20% kit but I don't want to have to wait several months to get it. Goal is clutch complete by mid April.
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Default Re: Clutch DIY Venue?

Not sure what your base shop parking situation is, but do you have the option of simply pushing the car out into a parking area if not finished on time, and pushing it back in to complete another day? And is there an actual high lift transmission jack available?

Certainly doable in a home garage, but not particularly enjoyable IMO.
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