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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-09-2006, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a little story I would like to share. My clutch was getting low in my daily driver (86 325es) and it was starting to slip after my visit to PA. So I changed out my clutch this weekend. I didn't have time to order one from the shop parts suplier ($200) and the local parts house wanted way too much ($300 for the cheap one). I had a lightly used 88 M3 clutch disk, fly wheel and pressure plate laying in the parts room, the flywheel won't work (too thin), disks are the same size the spring dampeners just look different, the splines are the same and the pressure plates are identical so I figured I'd make good use of them till I got a performance set (better than collecting dust in the parts room). I got the shop key friday and pulled my car in sat to do a quick clutch job. Pulled the trans, replaced the rear main seal, wipped out the trans bell houseing, greased up the bearing shaft, buzzed the flywheel and put it all back together, put the tools away and washed up. Everything went smothly, 3 1/2 hour job, I was quite proud of myself (4 1/2 labor book rate just for the clutch alone). Just I sat down in the car down and I went to put the key in I looked straight ahead and sitting on the bench in front of me was the throwout bearing, DOH!!!! #&@%$!!!!! ghead In my rush I forgot to put it back in. So a 3 1/2 hour job turned into 6 1/2 hour job. Opps. Live and learn.
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Old 04-09-2006, 04:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Whish I had a shop to use for my car....

... on a more serious note, dude you have to call me or let me know when you're doing something like that so that I can at least watch... pass you some tools, whatever.
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FYI, you can make the E30 M3 flywheel work, you just have to get a different throw out bearing.
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The throwout bearing have the same part number, the fork must be different.
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The throwout bearing have the same part number, the fork must be different.
Maybe thats what it is but I know it can be done, our shop foreman has an E30 M3 setup in his E28 528e.
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Nope, I'm wrong, the clutch fork has the same number too.
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Throwout bearing for the M3 is 21 51 2 226 729, for the 325 it is 21 51 7 521 471. Looking on our parts suppliers website the TO bearing for the M3 is taller than the 325 one.
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It isn't, there is a sport bearing and there is a standard bearing, both are the same. I've checked 4 sites and even bavauto.com
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