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    Hi, I'm back with even more speculations on the M50B20 engine/drive train

    This time it's with the clutch.

    As I am upgrading my 320i E36 in small portions, but deffinetly will end up having 15-20 HP and some torque more than normally, I would think that
    a part that could easily become a problem is the clutch.

    I don't know how many horse powers the clutch can take (228mm) but looking at the 325i and 323i they also use the 228mm discs. What I wonder is why the 323i and 328i uses a 240mm (as the M's) but the 323TI compact uses a 228mm as well as the others.

    Can I take a clutch from a 323TI or 325i and put it into my 320i? or do I even have to? does the 320i's standard clutch deal fine with the same power as a 323i? (as it normally uses a bigger disk, but the TI compact dosen't?)

    Also, I'm thinking, how do you tell what kind of power the clutch can deal with? as I can see (just looking on the net and in shops) the 320i and 325i clutch are the same? (please verify this?)

    I look forward to hearing from you all

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
     
     

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    Any of those will work fine for a 2L engine
    Have a look on realoem.com and compare part numbers if you'd like to find out what shares what
     
     

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    If your concerned about the clutch
    You could always fit a race clutch
    But be prepared for an arnie sized left leg
     
     

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    As said, the 320 clutch is fine and is the same as in the 325 which is nearly 50bhp more, it will cope fine with the work you have planned.
     
     

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    Although BHP is a contributing factor, it's the torque figure you need to be looking at when upgrading the clutch, as that is what will cause it to slip.

    www.VisionRacingDevelopments.co.uk
     
     

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    kivi, dazza, steve and rich:

    Thanks alot for your input. It's great to find support in this project and I really learn alot from it.
    realoem.com wasen't in my knowledge but I deffinetly will be using that from now on, it's a great site.

    I belive I don't need a raceing clutch, I'm not building a racingmachine, then I would have used a 325 or higher powered base engine. It's mostly for normal use and some fun at the closed tracks, not much really.

    It sounds great I can just use the normal clutch as it should hold just fine, it's also alot cheaper than pretty much anything called "race" in Denmark :P (Yep, DK is shit for carlovers)

    The tq should not be raised too much by my upgrades so I hope it will coop
     
     

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