This is just to encourage others and maybe pat myself on the back a little too.
I had a bad oil leak on my Y2K LT that I knew I needed to address. At 60K miles it seemed stupid to not replace the clutch at the same time, even though it was working perfectly. It was also time for a 24K service. I ordered the clutch and 24K kit from Beemer Boneyard (A++ service BTW) and the other required parts from my local BMW dealer in Fife Wa. (also good people).
So, somewhere around $350ish in parts, plus fluids that I already had.
My HF motorcycle lift paid for itself on this job alone. It too me a few days to strip the bike down, replace all the filters, drain all the oils, remove the trans and clutch and put it all back together. It took a few days as I did not have all day each day to work on it, so several hours each day.
Today I got all the trim and plastic back on and took it out for a test drive. All is well. I even had the time to fix the cruise control (stupid throttle switch).
So, I figure that I saved myself several thousand dollars over taking it to the dealer. 24K service, clutch, rear main seal, and cruise control repair. Oh, and I got myself a Clymers just for this job, WOW, that thing is thick! Good value ($35 on Amazon) and helped save me time and money.
So, you can do it too. At one point I looked around the garage at the mess of parts and thought "what did I just do?", but one piece at a time it all went back together. Don't be afraid to tackle this beast, it is worth it!
I figure even after buying the HF lift, the Clymers, and paying myself $25 an hour I still came out way ahead.
I got my new tires on a few weeks back and now all this done, I am ready for this season