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E46 BMW Tools for sale or rent
List your specialized BMW tool for sale or rent it out. Looking for a BMW E46 tool, this is the forum for you. No commercial rentals allowed.

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Old 12-05-2013, 02:42 PM   #1
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FR: S54 Camshaft timing Gauge

I have a camshaft timing gauge (special tool) that is used for checking camshaft timing on the S54 engine when working on the VANOS.

If your not a trusted forum member, You can rent the tool from me for $30 shipped (one way) for 10 days. with a $150 Deposit fee. I will give you $120 back after I get the tool back un-damaged. You are responsible for paying the return shipping.

If you are a trusted forum member (lots of posts and trust/ positive feedback from other members) I don't need a deposit and you can just pay the $30 rental fee.

here are some pics. of my actual tool for those of you who don't know what it looks like
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If anyone has questions or doesn't know how this tool works feel free to ask. Although there are a lot of DIY's on this subject it shouldn't be to hard to find. (just search VANOS DIY and almost everyone is using this tool)
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:16 AM   #2
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FR: S54 Camshaft timing Gauge

This won't work for M54 engines right ?


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Old 12-22-2013, 08:11 AM   #3
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This won't work for M54 engines right ?


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I think this is specifically for the s54 I don't think it works with other engines...

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:39 PM   #4
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Tool is currently being rented
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:50 PM   #5
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How much do u charge for rental? For how long? Gonna fix my vanos system next month when it warms up.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:32 AM   #6
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How much do u charge for rental? For how long? Gonna fix my vanos system next month when it warms up.
the terms are listed in the first post, if you have anymore questions feel free to ask.
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No, this isn't what I'm looking for. This is to check the timing, not set it. There is a difference. The angle on the bridge is different on the intake side then the exhaust side
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:35 PM   #8
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No, this isn't what I'm looking for. This is to check the timing, not set it. There is a difference. The angle on the bridge is different on the intake side then the exhaust side
i don't understand how this can "check" its set correctly if the angle's are different?

I'm not trying to argue with you I just would like to know if this is true and if someone could prove it...
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:09 PM   #9
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The angle of the head in relation the the tool is different on the intake side is different than the angle on the exhaust side.
The pin that extends from your tool is on the exhaust side. Which means u would have to turn it around to check the intake side. And then the bridge wouldn't be sitting correctly on the cylinder head.
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:16 AM   #10
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The angle of the head in relation the the tool is different on the intake side is different than the angle on the exhaust side.
The pin that extends from your tool is on the exhaust side. Which means u would have to turn it around to check the intake side. And then the bridge wouldn't be sitting correctly on the cylinder head.
I've used my tool when I rebuilt my vanos and if you flip it around the pin slides right into intake and exhaust sides... I guess my s54 is timed incorrectly? i'll know for sure when TTFS has it in a couple weeks.
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:50 AM   #11
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Hmm, I'm not saying its timed incorrectly. U would know right away. I'm just stating what the difference is between the 2 tools as far as I've read. If there wasn't a difference, then why are there 2 tools?
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:07 PM   #12
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Hmm, I'm not saying its timed incorrectly. U would know right away. I'm just stating what the difference is between the 2 tools as far as I've read. If there wasn't a difference, then why are there 2 tools?
I always wondered why there was two also. I've read that mine is for checking and the other is for setting, but I don't understand how my tool can check it but not set it. Either the holes are in the correct position or they're not...?

Also I'm not 100% what you mean by them being at different angles but if you look at the pics of my tool you can see the pin is in a slot (and pivoted down toward the carpet in the pic of it on its side where u can see the bottom of the tool) The pin on mine can not be removed but it does pivot in that slot changing the angle from front to back but not side to side (if your looking at the tool as if it's on the car and your standing infront of the car)

Thaks for bringing this up, I don't want anyone MIS informed
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:28 PM   #13
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Hmmm. Yea i read something about the difference between the two tools is yours is only for a quick check, as u cannot lock the pin into the camshaft like u can with the setting tool. As in the pin in your tool only initially goes into the camshaft, but i have not seen either tool in person.
I think im gonna get the tool from dr vanos. 175 to pirchase, vut refunded 140 when i return it. Not a bad idea
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:06 AM   #14
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Hmmm. Yea i read something about the difference between the two tools is yours is only for a quick check, as u cannot lock the pin into the camshaft like u can with the setting tool. As in the pin in your tool only initially goes into the camshaft, but i have not seen either tool in person.
I think im gonna get the tool from dr vanos. 175 to pirchase, vut refunded 140 when i return it. Not a bad idea
I'm considering buying that tool just to compare the two side by side, maybe even pull my valve cover off for a valve check and throw them both on the engine and put the pins in to see if there is any difference.

if you do get it let me know if you learn anything
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:35 AM   #15
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Yea I've seen the tool, made by kommen, for 105.00. But, it's made in taiwan. Im not sure if their machining of the angles is precise enough. For my peace of mind, i would just get one made by bmw.
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