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    wethead clutch

    Please be patient with me as this is the first time i"ve started a thread.Does anyone know roughly how many miles a wethead clutch with alot of highway miles and very little if any abuse might last.Besides a slipping clutch are there any symptoms indicating a clutch is getting near the end of it"s life? And has anyone had to replace theirs yet?

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    Registered User crustybeemer's Avatar
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    The wethead clutch is now a wet multiplate and like other wet multiplate clutches should last for a very long time- certainly much longer than the previous dry single plate clutches! 50,000 km on my '16 and no problems!
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    I have not heard of any clutch issues with these Wethead Boxers. Including the GS version, which should get more clutch abuse than the RT version would. Not a thing to worry about at all. Fairly uncommon to wear out multi-plate wet clutches unless there is EXTREME abuse. I have a customer that sent his clutch components in with 304,000 miles ( 2003 DL 1000 Suzuki that has 426,000 miles on it now) on them and the clutch plates still measured well within factory service manual specifications.

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    Not to hijack the thread, but the dry clutch on my 1970 R60/5 lasted 200,000 miles. They were mostly freeway commute miles.
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    ...if I remember right there were some issues with earlier GSW clutches going south and needing replacement under warranty.
    Being new to the "W", I'm hoping it's gonna last a long time.

    I do have the quick shifter. I'm learning to only use it only from gears 3-6 on acceleration with full throttle on the upshift.
    Downshift full off-throttle gears 6-3.
    It doesn't seem to really like anything else, too much driveline and torque strain, but otherwise works smoothly in that range.

    Dooes this have much to do with clutch life? I dunno...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapiddog View Post
    I do have the quick shifter. I'm learning to only use it only from gears 3-6 on acceleration with full throttle on the upshift. Downshift full off-throttle gears 6-3. Dooes this have much to do with clutch life? I dunno...
    All else being equal it could slightly extend your clutch life since half the time you're managing to get a gear shifted w/o having to manually re-sync (rev-match). I don't have quick shift but like you shift w/o the clutch in 3-6th gear, but only going up now downshifting.

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    You might want to look at my post on "slipper clutch and friction zone." The 13-16 clutches do have an issue that BMW is well aware of but they made changes on the 2017 to remedy it.
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