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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old October 12th, 2018, 18:56   #16
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flywheel ring gear is directly connected to the crank and will not move with the secondary mass

Do you know of a method to check the flywheel?
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Old October 14th, 2018, 00:31   #17
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It's probably the DMF on its way out, but check your alternator pulley first. I thought my DMF was on its way out 8 years ago. Did some more checking around the engine compartment and the clutched pulley had locked up solid.


If replacing the clutch, unless you're going to do big power mods or demand the absolute most bulletproof TDI at any cost, I would put a Luk RepSet 17-050 in it. It's incredibly inexpensive, quiet, light pedal feel and some say more durable than the stock clutch/DMF. Clutch/pressure plate/DMF already come assembled.


I would be going with a stage 1.5 or even stage 2 tune with a bigger turbo so im wondering if the luk will slip with my car? I like the reviews about it and am tempted to order it but will not want to redo the clutch as it doesnt seem as easy as swapping turbos out :/
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Old October 15th, 2018, 07:41   #18
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I would be going with a stage 1.5 or even stage 2 tune with a bigger turbo so im wondering if the luk will slip with my car? I like the reviews about it and am tempted to order it but will not want to redo the clutch as it doesnt seem as easy as swapping turbos out :/

I have RC1, and mine doesn't slip even while towing a trailer. You're probably OK with the LuK kit.
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Old October 15th, 2018, 15:11   #19
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Thats what i want to make sure about as i dont want to do the work twice you know?
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Old October 16th, 2018, 08:48   #20
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After installing a SMF flywheel with my clutch job.. I honestly can't really tell a difference between the SMF and the DMF. Strictly talking about the flywheels that is. I think it's a good idea to install a SMF because the cost of a new DMF is pricier compared to a SMF.

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Old October 16th, 2018, 11:45   #21
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I've installed the LuK RepSet SMF clutch on 3 of my cars. Zero problems. Handles a chipped car without issue. Very light pedal. Highly recommended.
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Old October 17th, 2018, 17:02   #22
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I've installed the LuK RepSet SMF clutch on 3 of my cars. Zero problems. Handles a chipped car without issue. Very light pedal. Highly recommended.

thanks thats what im wondering...you also had the 17-050? And what do you mean by very light pedal?
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Old October 17th, 2018, 17:04   #23
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The amount of force to depress and engage.
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Old October 18th, 2018, 23:29   #24
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Nice, thank you!

Im leaning towards the LUK 17-050 - just want some more feedback if someone had slipping problems with tune to confirm
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Old October 20th, 2018, 04:25   #25
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The LUK DMF in my Vanagan with ALH Stage 1 Malone tune doesn't slip pulling a 1200 lb camper loaded with stuff as well as four average humans on-board with all their stuff.........
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Old October 20th, 2018, 05:41   #26
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The LUK DMF in my Vanagan with ALH Stage 1 Malone tune doesn't slip pulling a 1200 lb camper loaded with stuff as well as four average humans on-board with all their stuff.........
i'm with Andy, my heavy a** westy with dlc1019's, gt2052, and 11mm rover pump sports a USED LUK 17-050 that had previously been saturated with gear oil ... it did slip under full boost for the first few hundred miles but after that no issues... these clutches are heroic imho
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Old October 20th, 2018, 10:38   #27
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thanks thats what im wondering...you also had the 17-050? And what do you mean by very light pedal?
Yeah that's the one. Like Bob said, very easy on your left leg :-)

No slippage with a tune
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Old October 20th, 2018, 23:37   #28
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Im ordering one up next week once i get paid! Dont know why people bash on DMF as this LUK seems very good!

Is there a difference between the luk 17-050 and the luk repset 17-050??

Keep talking me into it

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Old October 21st, 2018, 03:57   #29
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Im ordering one up next week once i get paid! Dont know why people bash on DMF as this LUK seems very good!

Is there a difference between the luk 17-050 and the luk repset 17-050??

Keep talking me into it
same clutch
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Dont know why people bash on DMF as this LUK seems very good!
My original DMF went 250K + miles.
Replaced it with the same.
I think the replacement one is a bit smoother then the original.
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