Car: 2003 jetta 1.8t AWP, 5 speed 02j, 148k miles
Mods: chip, TB exhaust, TIP, engine/trans/dog bone stage 1 mounts, intake, audi TT short shifter, 42dd shifter bushings
Issue: I believe my dual mass flywheel is beginning to fail, have done a ton of searching, and all my symptoms point me in the direction of a dieing DMF.
Recently bought, and replaced a new (used) trans due to my differential main bearing failing. At that point, clutch felt great, no flywheel issues, so did not replace clutch, pressure plate, flywheel, etc. I had someone help me with this installation, as I do not have the space, ability to do it myself.
Everything drove great for about 3 months, just replaced timing belt/wp/tensioners this past saturday (as I have decided to keep this as my DD and TB had 75k on it with a slightly leaking WP) then starting 2 days ago I am hearing what I believe is flywheel noise / vibration when engine is cold (goes away when car is up to temp?). I want to repair this before it fails and destroys the bell housing of the new trans I just bought...
So my quesiton is, what should I do? A very reputable VW shop in my area quoted me $600 for labor, and $600 for parts which is a kit including clutch, pressure plate, and dual mass flywheel for $600. Their labor and parts are waranteed for a year. They said they would install the ECS tuning kit if I bought it, however would obviously not gurantee parts, and if something didnt install right, I would have to pay twice for labor, etc. With all the reading about having to shave the bell housing in some instances, I would be a little scared to ask the shop to install.
My question is, what advice would you give me? I am not looking to make this a race car or anything, just want a fun to drive, quick reliable daily driver. Go with ecs kit? 14 or 20.5 lb flywheel? (really dont want the chatter, as I doubt the slight difference in weight will give much increase/gains).
Lastly, after taking out my transmission once before, I feel like I could do it, but have ZERO experience aligning / installing clutch and related parts. And due to the fact, its in the dead of winter, would have to wait to spring to do the job, and cannot wait! If any of you guys/girls have performed this job, particuarlly with the ECS stage 1 kit, and have appropriate access to tools, equipment, garage, heat, etc , please let me know if you would be willing to help out, of course i'd be willing to drive to your place of work, and be ready to discuss compensation. Thanks alot, really appreciate it !