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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 06-26-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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M3 Vanos and Valve Shim Cost/DIY

I'm starting this thread as cost example and a journey through a valve shim/Vanos rebuild for 2005 M3 with 65k on the clock. This will also replace the cam bolts and the springs/pressure plates,oil pump disk, rattle kit for the Vanos. I want this to be a through revamping. So far I have ordered the following items.

ECS Tuning Order #1

Camshaft Alignment Tool
Mfg Part# 83300493749
ECS Part# ES#199268
Cost: $145.02

Crankshaft Locking Pin
Mfg Part# 83300490861
ECS Part# ES#197764
Cost: $31.54

S54 Valve Adjustment Kit Plus
Mfg Part# 83300493743
ECS Part# ES#1893858
Cost: $479.95

Valve Adjustment Feeler Gauges
Mfg Part# 83300490942
ECS Part# ES#197828
Cost: $24.50

Total from ECS plus shipping: $693.01


BMW South Atlanta Order

2 Sets, diaphragm spring
Part# 11367833218
Cost: $30.89 each

12 Fillister-head screw M6X16
Part# 07129905536
Cost: $0.74 each

Shipping & Handling (TN, USA)$10.00
Total: $77.13


Besian Systems Order

S54 Vanos Seals Repair Kit
Part# BS021
Cost: $60.00

S54 Vanos Rattle Repair Kit (Omitted)
Part# BS02
Cost: $80.00

S54/S62 Vanos Rattle Tools (Omitted)
Part# BS095
Cost: $20

S54 Vanos Oil Pump Disk (Omitted)
Part# BS025
Cost: $150.00 CoreCharge: $150.00


Total plus shipping: $465.00
After Core Is Returned: $315.00

My ammended Cost $65.00



ECS Tuning Order #2

VANOS Gasket ES#23225
11367831938
Cost: $11.71

VANOS Sealing Plate ES#23224
11367831906
Cost: $13.57


VANOS Filter Change Kit - Level I ES#1892454
11361401971
Cost: $21.95

Gasket Ring - Priced Each ES#15775 X2
07119963072
Cost: $1.98

Crankcase Pressure Regulator Valve ES#19663
Commonly referred to as the "oil separator"
11157840446
Cost: $31.85

Oil Storage Bag ES#1885136 (Not actually needed)
83292158848
Cost: $5.79

Genuine BMW Castrol Edge Professional TWS 10w60 Motor Oil - 1 Liter ES#10317
Specific Castrol oil for your "M" engine
07510009420
Cost: $13.49

Total Cost Plus Shipping: $111.90

Exhaust Hub

Turbo Toy Hub
Cost:$ 600 + $100 core charge

Oil Pump Disk Re-Drilling
Cost: $100.00

Total Cost: $800.00 including core
$700.00 final cost


Total Project Cost: $1347.04 (This cost reflects ECS Tuning orders #1 and #2. The entire Besian order and the entire BMW South Atlanta order) Basiclly this is what it would have cost me if i hadnt had the broken exhaust hub.


Ammended Project Cost: $1647.04 (This cost reflects ECS tunings orders #1 and #2. The entire BMW South Atlanta order. The ammended Besian order and the exhaust hub\pump disk order.)


Keep in mind you can cut cost by renting the tools. I chose to buy them so I can rent them out later and recoup some cash. Plus I don't have a specific time frame for completion so I didn't want to fool with a return tool date.


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Old 06-26-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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Feeler gauges are less than 10 bucks at Sears. Sounds like you've got a good plan going. Get everything you need to overhaul the vanos. Do it once and never have to worry about it again.

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Old 06-26-2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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Thanks. I figured I might as well get it over with.


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Old 06-26-2013, 06:36 PM   #4
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Feeler gauges are less than 10 bucks at Sears. Sounds like you've got a good plan going. Get everything you need to overhaul the vanos. Do it once and never have to worry about it again.
Just regular old feeler gauges, ie spark plug gapping gauges? will those work okay for this DIY?

Very nice list OP, I'm looking forward to doing my valves and vanos and **** all at the same time too. I'm going with a TT hub though for security as well, also getting the besian seal orings and all that good shits to go with it.

Good luck on your tune up!
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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Yes. I just bought those feeler gauges because they are pre bent and have just the six sizes needed for the clearances. Basically it's just like a go/no go set up.

I'm doing the seals as well. Just haven't gotten around to my Besian order just yet. If my exhaust hub isn't broken I'm going to go with the smaller diameter oil pump disk. If it is broken I will go with a TT hub as well.


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Old 06-26-2013, 07:37 PM   #6
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Ohhh? a smaller oil pump disk? Besian creation I assume? I wasn't aware that one existed, that's pretty sweet, whats the price on it?

The only reason I REALLY like the TT hub is that the tabs can't fall into the motor.. and it's super strong material.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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He sells the pump disk for $150 plus $150 core.


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Old 06-26-2013, 08:25 PM   #8
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http://www.beisansystems.com/procedu..._procedure.htm

Here is his explanation


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Old 06-26-2013, 08:56 PM   #9
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You can send your disk to Dr Vanos and get it redrilled as well. Got mine drilled when I got the cryo hub.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:21 PM   #10
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Cool!! Thanks guys ill check it out.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:58 AM   #11
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I only purchase the magnetic shim pickup tool, instead of the entire shim kit years ago (broke college student). I usually stock up on commonly used shim sizes. If I don't have a particular size, I just take a trip to the local dealership (opens 6/7 days). Done plenty of valve adjustment this way without the kit.

Already did my cam bolts, and have all the tools needed prior to Beisan introducing their fix for the S54 vanos system. Hub is still in tact. I just need to pick up the diaphragm springs and Beisan parts to complete my vanos diy itch. Here's a break down of what it cost with the options I've selected. Which is the same route the OP is pursuing. At the bare minimum I would do the Vanos pump disc ($150) and cam bolts ($7.20). tBMWPS = thebmwpartstore.com


Magnetic shim tool: $27.11 (tBMWPS)
83300493743

Crankshaft locking pin: $12 (ebay)
83300490861

Cam alignment tool: $117.19 (tBMWPS)
8330493749

Angle feeler gauge set: $10 (Sears)
generic

Fan clutch holder and wrench: $30 (ebay)

Micrometer: $30 (Lowes)
Kobalt

Total for tools: $226.30


2x diaphragm spring ($25.94 ea): $51.88 (tBMWPS)
11367833218

12x Cam bolts ($0.60 ea): $7.20 (tBMWPS)
07129905536

Total for BMW Parts: 59.08


Vanos oil pump disk: $150

Vanos rattle tool: $20

Sealing Plate repair Kit: $10

Vanos Rattle Repair Kit: $80

Vanos Seals Repair Kit: $60

Total Beisan Parts: $320

Grand total: 605.38
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:19 PM   #12
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I just finished going through the besain site on the vanish fix, I'm going this route when I do my valve adjustment.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:07 PM   #13
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You can buy the shims individually from the dealer. Makes for a longer day, yet reduces the cost significantly.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:43 PM   #14
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M3 Vanos and Valve Shim Cost/DIY

Mine has never been done so I was assuming they will all need to be shimmed so that's why I bought the whole kit. My closest dealership is 35 miles away so that could end up being a lot of trips and wasted gas. The $479 price tag also includes the Valve cover gasket, all the grommets, spark plug seals and the shim removal tool. The bare bones shim kit is $397.28 and $419.95 with the shim tool from ECS.


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Mine has never been done so I was assuming they will all need to be shimmed so that's why I bought the whole kit. My closest dealership is 35 miles away so that could end up being a lot of trips and wasted gas. The $479 price tag also includes the Valve cover gasket, all the grommets, spark plug seals and the shim removal tool. The bare bones shim kit is $319 from ECS I think.
You might be surprised how few need to be adjusted depending on how anal you are. For instance one of your intake valves is 0.16. Some will take the extra time to adjust the intake to the middle of 0.18-0.23, while the BMW dealership would measure that its between 0.15-0.25 and call it a day.

If you measure every valve, then run to the dealer it should be 1 trip. Takes twice as long this way, yet saves $100s.

IMHO I will be using the BMW dealers less strict measuring guide. I helped a member with a valve adjustment where a few of the valves were out by a lot and the engine was running fine, so these engines have a lot of tolerance.
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Mine has never been done so I was assuming they will all need to be shimmed so that's why I bought the whole kit. My closest dealership is 35 miles away so that could end up being a lot of trips and wasted gas. The $479 price tag also includes the Valve cover gasket, all the grommets, spark plug seals and the shim removal tool. The bare bones shim kit is $319 from ECS I think.


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Its $419 for the basic shim and magnetic tool kit from ecs.
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you are suppose to measure them all and document those that are out of spec, at that point you calculate what it needed and then make one trip.
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What is the price for each shims from the dealer?

Alternative is to buy the shim kit and re-sell the kit for around $350 to members in here....
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My worst fear. Broken exhaust hub


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