BMW N54 Clutch Upgrade: SPEC Stage 3+ with MFactory SMFW

If you’ve been following my website, you probably read my detailed post about installing a 335is/550i clutch after my OEM clutch wore out. However, with MMP Stage 3 turbos on the way, I knew the 335is clutch wouldn’t hold as I turned up the boost. With a goal of 700whp, I decided to replace it with a SPEC Stage 3+ clutch and retain my MFactory single mass flywheel.

SPEC Stage 3+ Clutch

Since I just installed an MFactory SMFW about 20k miles ago, I decided to reuse it because I knew it was in good condition.  All I had to do was purchase a SPEC Stage 3+ clutch with OEM or MFactory flywheel configuration so it would mate up properly. If I didn’t already have the MFactory flywheel, I probably would’ve bought a SPEC flywheel to go with the clutch. However, I’d rather save some money when possible!

Since the transmission was going to be removed, I wanted to refresh a few things at the same time. I noticed my shifter developed some side-to-side slop so I decided to upgrade the bushings. The car has almost 120k miles and still has the OEM transmission mounts, so I knew those could be replaced. I’ve also never servied the rear differential and noticed it was seeping a tiny bit of fluid. Might as well replace the rear pinion seal and flush/refill the fluid!

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BMW 135i – 335is/550i Clutch Upgrade

2017 Update: This 335is/550i clutch setup held up great for 22k hard miles! I have absolutely no complaints. In June I decided to upgrade to MMP Stage 3 turbos and chase 700whp. I knew this clutch setup wouldn’t hold, so I removed it and replaced it with a SPEC Stage 3+ unit.


After adding my aggressive E85 flash last summer, the factory clutch started to slip. I decided it was time to upgrade so I could enjoy the car to it’s full potential this summer. From Spec to ACT, there are plenty of aftermarket options available. Then I found the 335is/550i clutch upgrade on ECSTuning, so I started to do some research.

This clutch comes factory in the F10 550i, which puts down 443 tq and weighs a whopping 4552 lbs. DINAN doesn’t offer a clutch upgrade for their different stages of 550i’s, so apparently they feel that it is adequate. Their Stage 3 550i puts down 580 tq and they kept the factory clutch. Also, someone on the forums is using this clutch and claims that it is holding at over 620wtq on aftermarket turbos. To me, it sounds like the clutch is severely underrated.

My 135i won’t see more than 500 tq anytime soon. I’d guess that it is currently around 420whp/465wtq, but only weighs 3300 lbs!

I decided to give it a try. Here is my parts list from ECSTuning:
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BMW 135i – FBO Stock Turbo Dyno Results (N54)

Late Model Throttle was hosting a dyno day at their shop in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Knowing that there would be a DynoJet and some cool cars, I decided to sign up!

The car was strapped on and put down 448whp and 501wtq with SAE correction. However, all of the N54 guys use STD correction and that converts to about 468whp and 523wtq!

BMW 135i Dyno Results

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BMW 135i – LUX H8 Angel Eye Upgrade

After owning my 1-series for over a year, I finally got sick of the halogen angel eye bulbs. I previously coded their voltage intensity up higher to make them brighter, but I still didn’t like the warm color.

So, I decided to buy myself an early Christmas present! LUX was running a sale, so I grabbed a pair of their latest and greatest angel eyes. Their H8 angel eyes advertised a pure white 7000k temperature with extreme brightness. Perfect!

LUX H8 Angel Eyes

I received them a few days after ordering and wanted to install them right away. All I had to do was pop the rear headlight covers off. They can be finicky, but you’ll figure it out. After the cover was off, I twisted the old bulbs out. Next, I inserted the new bulb and tucked the power supply box out of the way. Drum roll please…

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BMW 135i – Rieger Rear Diffuser Install

I finally got around to installing these two cosmetic parts that have been sitting in my garage. I bought the Rieger diffuser used and the carbon fiber hydrodip was fading. Time to get to work!

Rieger DiffuserSanded it down with some high-grit sandpaper and setup a ghetto booth in the shop’s bathroom.
Rieger Diffuser - Spray boothPut down a few coats of primer and then started spraying Plastidip.
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