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#1 (permalink) Old 03-07-2005, 10:29 PM
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Has any one installed a clutch stop on a newer E46? I own a 2005 330ci 6-speed. I know there is a way to bypass the switch in order for the car to start without the clutch being fully engaged but I would rather not do that since my car is a lease and I don't want to do anything that can void the warranty. I played around with my clutch and noticed that it is still possible to start the car if I ease off the clutch 2 inches or so of the floor and would be happy if I can just shave of those few iches without doing the bypass. Will a clutch stop allow me to do that or is it simply too long for me to be able to screw it in that far (causing my car not to start without doing the bypass).

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Has any one installed a clutch stop on a newer E46? I own a 2005 330ci 6-speed. I know there is a way to bypass the switch in order for the car to start without the clutch being fully engaged but I would rather not do that since my car is a lease and I don't want to do anything that can void the warranty. I played around with my clutch and noticed that it is still possible to start the car if I ease off the clutch 2 inches or so of the floor and would be happy if I can just shave of those few iches without doing the bypass. Will a clutch stop allow me to do that or is it simply too long for me to be able to screw it in that far (causing my car not to start without doing the bypass).

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I installed one on my 2005 325i. I have it set only about 1/2" higher than stock, but there was quite a bit of room to raise it and still have the car start. (Just guessing, can reduce clutch travel at least an inch, maybe more.) Anyway, for my taste I could raise it higher than I like and the car will still start.

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Thanks David, which clutch stop did you use(model) ?
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Thanks David, which clutch stop did you use(model) ?
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You can use an Elevator Bolt prob. like 3/8" X 1 1/2" then get like a thin piece of rubber with self-adhesive to put on it. This should work, but you may need to play with it. I have mine perfectly set-up. If my piece of rubber were just a couple mm thicker my car would not start. Anyway, I hope this helps.

Thanks to mining0d,

I followed the instructions form a posting on www.E46fanatics.com
heres is the link: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.ph...ght=clutch+stop
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Thanks David, which clutch stop did you use(model) ?
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Ok thanks, so if I get the Elevator Bolt prob. like 3/8" X 1 1/2" I can safely screw it in all the way and the car should start? Also can this effect the cruise control because I heard some people saying that it could? Also is there a difference in where I buy this "elevator bolt" like between home depot and uuc motorwerks?
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Ok thanks, so if I get the Elevator Bolt prob. like 3/8" X 1 1/2" I can safely screw it in all the way and the car should start? Also can this effect the cruise control because I heard some people saying that it could? Also is there a difference in where I buy this "elevator bolt" like between home depot and uuc motorwerks?
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It hasn't affected my cruise control, and I have trouble imagining how it could--all you're doing is putting a mechanical stop on your floorboard that keeps the clutch pedal from going all the way down. The cruise control deactivates near the top of the clutch pedal travel--I can't imagine how the cruise control would even "know" that the clutch stop is there (unlike the ignition interlock, which activates near the *bottom* of the clustch throw).
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The clutch stop is an M10 thread size. Buy a 2" bolt and cut the head off. Then thread it in as far as necessary so that the car still still starts. Then put some rubber and/or vinyl tubing over the bolt, and a mm longer than the bolt, so it is quiet when you make contact.
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Whoops I left off the thread size of the M10 bolt, it is an M10 x 1.50, which is the coarse thread.
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why would I not just get the elevator bolt...the cutting of the M10 bolt would be pretty hard to do becuase I don't have a work bench or a vice.
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The elavator bolts I saw at Lowe's were not metric threaded. I went to look because I had never heard of elevator bolts before. If you try to twist a non-metric bolt in, it will require a good deal of force and it will make a cross-threaded mess of the fitting on the floor. All BMW bolts are metric.

You only need pair of vice grip pliers and a hack saw to cut off the top of the bolt. It takes about a minute. You may have to cut it twice because you will have to "try-fit" it to make sure you can start the car. I like to make my own stuff to see how things works.

Or you could buy an aftermarket clutch stop for like $20, which has a plastic head so the clitch pedal doesn't go "bang" everytime you push it down to the floor. The stock clutch stop is a flimsy piece of plastic.
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I went to bmw service and i told them i dont like the way my clutch feels cuz it depresses way to much, all they told me was we cant do anything about that becuase its hydrolic and safety issues of adjusting the leverage of the clutch.

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So because its hydrolic nothing can be done??? What does it mean when the clutch is hydrolic anyway?
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beats me, any info on what diff the hydrolic makes.

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