It's been a long week and a half since I first picked up my '00 M5 with a slipping clutch and completely worn front differential bushing-but the job has finally been completed. The car has been on jack stands since I bought it and I had to wait a over week to finally get all of the replacement parts in-but tonight for the first time I finally got to feel some of the power of the M5. I am still breaking the clutch in and being very easy with it, but the part throttle acceleration is already impressive!
Sorry I don't have any pictures, but the only camera I have is a Canon Digital Rebel XT, and I really didn't feel like getting it greasy while I was working. Here is a quick rundown of what I had to replace:
Release fork, pilot bearing, throwout bearing, etc.
Flex Disc with new locking nuts
Exhaust bolts and nuts
Rear main seal
All three differential bushings
Differential input seal
Royal Purple Synchromax for the transmission
BMW/Castrol XJ gear oil for the differential
I purchased the clutch kit from Dial-A-Clutch, and the flywheel from BMA. Both are genuine Luk components. I was worried about the cheaper Luk clutch kits after reading of some other's experiences with them on this board, but I can say that the one I received works perfectly. The price was right at $256 shipped-so hopefully this will help others in the future when they are looking for an OEM clutch replacement.
Now it's time for a full detail! Thanks to this board and everyone on it for the advice and information I received-it is greatly appreciated. I have done clutch jobs on BMW's before, but it is always great to have some model specific information handy.