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Old 12-24-2006, 12:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question slipping clutch?? helppp

Hey everyone. Need serious help. I think I have a slipping clutch. I got a 93 325is. They syptom with my car is that everytime I hit 2nd or 3rd gear and the speed is around 20 -30mph but the revs are really high and then drop back down and it feels as if the car is strugling to pull. Is this a possible slipping clutch or can there be any other problems that lead to this? Also what brand clutches are good for replacement? Thanks for any help or advice.
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Your clutch is def. slipping.
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Sachs is one of the only ones that I know of. Go to bavauto.com and look up the clutch kit for your car and then do another search and try to find it cheaper else where. If you want a concrete way to test your clutch, go to a parking lot or possibly your drive way. Bascially, anywhere with several feet of clear space infront of your car. Put the car into 4th or 5th gear while the car is not moving and take the clutch out without giving it any gas. If the car stalls immediately, your clutch is still good. If it takes any more time for the car to stall then your clutch is toast.
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Question m5 clutch

I have heard people saying to get a m5 clutch? Is that possible and would I have to do any modifications to install the m5 clutch? Also what are the benefits of getting the m5 clutch kit? OR is there performance clutches out there I should look into?
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I have heard people saying to get a m5 clutch? Is that possible and would I have to do any modifications to install the m5 clutch? Also what are the benefits of getting the m5 clutch kit? OR is there performance clutches out there I should look into?

I would say get a sports clutch, it will be a little expensive, but then u wont have to worry about those high rpm launches and messing up your clutch.
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hey thanks for the advice. I was just wondering if I was to get the m5 clutch. what gains would i see? would it allow me to rev to a higher redline then 7,000 and also what parts would I need to install the m5 clutch? also why do you not recommend getting the m5 or m3 clutch? is it best to just stay with the sachs oem clutch kit? OR is there racing/sport more performance like clutches i should look into?
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I've never heard of doing an M5 clutch in a 3 series... I remember reading on this forum with the M3 clutch the car can stall when you put the clutch in... or maybe that was in a 318... don't remember.
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I just replaced the original clutch on my '97 328i this week. It had 170k on it and it was slipping just as you described. It was definately the right fix. I used a Clutchmaster Stage I kit with LWF. While you're at it think about the light weight flywheel and a shifter bushing kit. I didn't get the shifter kit and when I got the tranny out of the car I could tell that the shifter assembly was lose. Thankfully this can be done with the tranny and drive shaft in place.
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goto uuc.com and get thier lightweight flywheel and clutch kit. IMO the best way to go. and you will notice a increase in performance.
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