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    clutch installation

    I'm doing a spline clean/lube job on a 2003 R1150RT with 55K miles. I did not mark the orientation of the clutch assy to the flywheel. I removed the clutch disk to inspect for wear and it measures OK. I did not remove the flywheel. When I re-install the clutch, is orientation important? Is there any issue regarding balance of the clutch assy? If so, is there a way to re-install the clutch assy with the correct orientation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsalmon View Post
    I'm doing a spline clean/lube job on a 2003 R1150RT with 55K miles. I did not mark the orientation of the clutch assy to the flywheel. I removed the clutch disk to inspect for wear and it measures OK. I did not remove the flywheel. When I re-install the clutch, is orientation important? Is there any issue regarding balance of the clutch assy? If so, is there a way to re-install the clutch assy with the correct orientation?
    There absolutely is an issue. Try to find the original factory paint marks, usually appearing to be white or light tan smudges often as big as a dime. The three weighted pieces - clutch housing (flywheel), pressure plate, and clutch cover should each have a mark and these marks should be spaced as far apart as possible, as close to 120 degrees from each other as they allow. Do not line them all up - that would be maximum imbalance for the assembly.

    The hazard - if you cannot find the marks - is that you stand a good chance that the assembly will be enough out of balance to cause an irritating vibration at various RPM, and abnormal wear on the rear main bearing and transmission input shaft front bearing can happen. You could luck out and by accident put them back in balance but you can't count on that luck so diligent looking for the marks is worthwhile.

    I would thoroughly clean the parts ( and then dry them well of course) with plain old soap and water, to avoid using any cleaner/solvent that would remove the traces of the original paint marks.
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    Thanks Paul, I look for the marks and re-install

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    I just went through exactly the same process as you did and Paul's explanation is right on the money. There were some other confusing paint marks on my parts. There were small different colour dots on each of the three parts in question about 1/8" diameter in size. Upon discussing the issue with my local BMW dealer who was quite helpful, I soon learned that the marks I should be looking for are whitish in colour and where about 1/4" wide or so and shaped like a random swipe. They were fairly easy to find on clutch housing, pressure plate and cover. There was also a round white dot on the spring plate that looked like a small bingo dabber had put it there (3/8" diameter). I assumed that was its heavy side and possitioned it accordingly. The BMW dealer service department said it was not possible in every case to get the marks 120 degrees apart, said to do your best. I my case it worked out perfectly (120 deg. apart).

    The next time I have one apart I will be definitely marking it prior to taking it apart! Live and learn.


    Cheers!

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    Agreed and always have aligned the marks until the last time.....
    All new parts from MAX and no marks!
    Upon further investigation I found out they don't mark them anymore.
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    Ufda happens..........

    It's all about the details.

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    why are they not marking them? Did you get an explanation? Are they perfectly balanaced then? Hummm....

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