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hi, newbie here, my 2003 se diesel 2litre x type needs a new clutch, i have heard that i can replace it with a conventional single flywheel type instead of the dual mass type it has in it now, is this a wise thing to do , has anyone done this , would appreciate some feed back .....many thanks
 
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The DMF clutch. is designed to reduce noise and vibration and make gear changes smoother, I think I have seen posts where others have changed to a conventional clutch, see this post http://www.jaguarforum.co.uk/f26/change-dmf-not-43170-2.html personally I would fit a new DMF, and also check the starter motor as it tends to pick up the swarf and may as well be cleaned whilst off, and check the oil seal
 

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The DMF clutch. is designed to reduce noise and vibration and make gear changes smoother, I think I have seen posts where others have changed to a conventional clutch, see this post http://www.jaguarforum.co.uk/f26/change-dmf-not-43170-2.html personally I would fit a new DMF, and also check the starter motor as it tends to pick up the swarf and may as well be cleaned whilst off, and check the oil seal
I agree with Barney since Commonrail and weight saving on engines balance is important. Had to do mine at 103500 miles,front and back crank seals were weeping so did them aswell, starter was clogged and I will more than lightly part with it before the next 103500 miles anyway, Put a good quality kit in like LUK as its a Bar*tard to do.
 

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I've driven 52k so far on my solid flywheel conversion without issues, but there seems to be alot of concern on here about the conversion.
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Dave
 

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I think I remember reading the later models had a different manufacturer clutch and flywheel kit fitted and they caused all sorts of problems.
(AP or Borg and Beck methinks they were fitted around 08-09)

I looked into a solid conversion the other year when my clutch wore out and DMF started to wobble.
I couldn't find anyone reputable to fit one, one gearbox specialist had a Ford van in with problems from the converted flywheel and was sorting it and returning it to DMF with a LUK kit. He also recommended a LUK kit for my Jag, well actually wouldn't take the job on and warranty the work unless he could fit the LUK kit!

The DMF is designed to smooth out torsional crankshaft spikes, effectively damping the transition of power from the crank to the gearbox input shaft, a TD engine produces lots of torque, unload all that torque from the crank to the gearbox and something going to take a hammering without it.

I guess what damage could be caused with a solid would depend on how the cars is driven.

My outlook is that the DMF is part of the clutch, when the clutch plate needs changing, so does the DMF.
 
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Hi - If I may, my experience from my Focus 1.8 tdci, (the installation on the 2.0D is not dissimilar) the DMF failed and I replaced it with a solid flywheel kit. After 6 months out came the engine and a LUK DMF was fitted. The vibration from the solid flywheel at low rpm / high torque was awful. For the focus (endura engine) the OEM is/was LUK.

Rgds

Eric
 
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