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Old 09-10-2006, 07:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Flywheel DIY?

Has anyone here replaced their own flywheel? I'm looking into getting a 10 pound by the end of the month and I think with a weekend in the garage I can probably tackle it myself. Any links, tips, hints, pics, etc.?
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Has anyone here replaced their own flywheel? I'm looking into getting a 10 pound by the end of the month and I think with a weekend in the garage I can probably tackle it myself. Any links, tips, hints, pics, etc.?

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here walsru, see if this helps. it's the only one i could find right now. just ignore the M5 clutch part.
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Thanks, I'll definitely use that.

Went to pick up a part for a different car yesterday and talked to my mechanic about it. The flywheel I can do, I'm a little more confident than I was. Of course, something else came up. He can loan me a stock cam so that my car isn't out of commision while they're being reground. That was the only reason I was going to do the flywheel first.

256 cam kit or 10lb aluminum flywheel. That's the question.
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Thanks, I'll definitely use that.

Went to pick up a part for a different car yesterday and talked to my mechanic about it. The flywheel I can do, I'm a little more confident than I was. Of course, something else came up. He can loan me a stock cam so that my car isn't out of commision while they're being reground. That was the only reason I was going to do the flywheel first.

256 cam kit or 10lb aluminum flywheel. That's the question.

Hey walsru- if i were you i would do the flywheel first. why?
first off, it's a good deal cheaper and not as labor intensive. plus with all of that rotational mass gone, your car will pull alot harder. my cousin's e30 has just a chip and lightened flywheel and he pulls way harder than me.
Also if you do the cam kit yourself, you might need a special tool for taking the vanos off. just my two cents.
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Hey walsru- if i were you i would do the flywheel first. why?
first off, it's a good deal cheaper and not as labor intensive. plus with all of that rotational mass gone, your car will pull alot harder. my cousin's e30 has just a chip and lightened flywheel and he pulls way harder than me.
Also if you do the cam kit yourself, you might need a special tool for taking the vanos off. just my two cents.
His car doesn't have Vanos.
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Plus, since no one offers the 256 cam anymore I'm getting a regrind. And it's only needed on one cam (swap intake to exhaust side)! So for around $400 either way the price is really close.
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I'd go with the lgihtened flywheel for your car. Those faster revs will defntely help you out. Put in shorter ratio differential and you could defintely have a pretty decently accelerating vehicle. From there save up for a supercharger and you'll be set to spank most of the cars on the road.
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+1 i read somewhere that ever like 6 lbs off rotating is equal to like 150 lbs of regular weight... not sure how accurate it is... but i know from personal experiences.. its a nice mod to look into...
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The cam is supposed to put me at about 200whp tho . . .
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