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    V6 Clutch Replacement?

    I've done EXTENSIVE searching, and I cannot find a good DIY how-to on changing the clutch on a B5 Passat 2.8L V6. My car specifically is a 2000 ATQ V6 with a 5spd, FWD, and a little over 93k miles. Clutch was slipping for awhile, but finally got so weak it hardly can pull itself up to 30mph.

    Also, looking for GOOD parts...Sachs through ECStuning, I've heard. New dual-mass flywheel probably.

    Thanks for everyone's help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeitgeist57 View Post
    finally got so weak it hardly can pull itself up to 30mph
    Yea, you'll need a new flywheel also.

    Also look into South Bend Clutch.
    http://www.dxdracingclutches.com/

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    Although mine is a Tiptronic, removing the trans will be very similar in the procedure and tools needed. You can read the thread/see pics from the 2nd page on and see what was involved. The manual trans should be quite a bit easier (and lighter). The FWD is also much lighter and easier to work around. Here is the link to my trans drop:

    Failing torque converter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in Chicago View Post
    Yea, you'll need a new flywheel also.

    Also look into South Bend Clutch.
    http://www.dxdracingclutches.com/
    I noticed South Bend, but the listings are only for 1.8T...not the 2.8 V6??? Do they have the right application, and should I therefore just call them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeitgeist57 View Post
    I noticed South Bend, but the listings are only for 1.8T...not the 2.8 V6??? Do they have the right application, and should I therefore just call them?
    Good question. I got a stage 3 clutch from them for my 1.8t, but I don't know what they have for the V6. Call em' up and ask.

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    If South Bend doesn't have an application for the V6, then I'll just go ECS Tuning for FW and clutch kit.

    Thanks for the info so far...please post more if anyone has more to add. I'm going to St. Louis for business all this week, but I'd like to have parts ordered so I can get going on this next weekend when I'm back at home.

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    AWE sells the Southbend clutch kit so you should be OK.

    http://www.awe-tuning.com/pages/shar...L=clutchnfw30v

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    use a stock clutch for the V6. there's no sense in putting extra $ into it - unless you have a supercharger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTheSnork View Post
    use a stock clutch for the V6. there's no sense in putting extra $ into it - unless you have a supercharger.
    True that.
    Believe it or not the stock clutch can take a fair amount of abuse.
    Unless you're s/c'd I wouldn't spend the extra $$.
    A word to the wise. A higher stage clutch doesn't last any longer, matter of fact it will get less lifetime miles than a factory clutch.

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    Thanks for the updates. Any recommended sites/sources for stock clutch?

    I got back from St. Louis without getting the parts ordered...will need to move forward soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTheSnork View Post
    use a stock clutch for the V6. there's no sense in putting extra $ into it - unless you have a supercharger.
    agreed.


    and as to what pz said, it will yes, be more or less the same as the automatic trans removal and reinstall, but it will be extreemly easier as the manual will weigh atleast 50 pounds less.

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