Installed a Single Mass flywheel from a 1996 Passat 1Z TDI. This will prevent any likelyhood of future issues with the factory Dual Mass Flywheel, while greatly improving drivability with minimal additional noise or chatter.
The main seal was moist, so a nice German replacement was installed. The casing is made out of aluminum, and it's a much nicer piece than was there from the factory. That old plastic one cracked in half when dropped to the floor!
Tomorrow - we clean the intake manifold and change the timing belt + all seals on the other side of the engine!