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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 03-25-2008, 09:15 PM   #81
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Groovy, thanks. Although, it's a little crazy that the tools cost as much as the cams

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from what i can tell in my bentley manual, itd be this

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vanos-Tool-11615...742.m153.l1262

the one you linked looks like one part of the tool to lock the cams at TDC. though the bentley calls for all 6 of those in the ebay link you posted.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:19 PM   #82
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Groovy, thanks. Although, it's a little crazy that the tools cost as much as the cams
no kidding, thats just the first thing that came up when i searched the part # on google, i dunno if theres a better price elsewhere or not.
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Old 03-28-2008, 09:15 AM   #83
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We'll get together on this cam thing some day.

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no kidding, thats just the first thing that came up when i searched the part # on google, i dunno if theres a better price elsewhere or not.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:35 PM   #84
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Hey guys... so I finally got SOME progress on my write-up on head gasket removal. Its not done... but I figured I would show the progress so far.

Also... I just ordered all the special tools cause my friend wants me to do his car so I decided that they would be good to have for the future. They will be available for rent whenever they arent being used... PM me for more info.

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Old 08-02-2008, 10:52 PM   #85
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any update on the vanos setup?
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:58 PM   #86
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yeah

yeah... just re-timed my vanos with the tools... awaiting to finish getting the intake manifold back on to start it and see if it fixed the code it was throwing. I followed it by the book though and everything seemed to be working just fine... these tools are still available for rent if you need them. I'll be updating the guide a little bit with pictures sometime this week
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:14 AM   #87
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i have the tools as well - and on Sunday I took mine all apart to confirm I did the settings correctly after reading your thread - thanks for posting a response. I am 100% certain the VANOS is setup correctly on mine.

I am also waiting on the intake to arrive - ESS hasnt sent it yet....
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:18 AM   #88
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oh, and a little update... yes, it WAS out of time when I took it apart, I could tell by turning the crank pulley bolt, i could see the cams werent going PRECISELY where they were supposed to be.. it was close though. its all perfect now though. I checked it 3 times before putting it back together
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:40 AM   #89
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i noticed how my exhaust plunger was a little further out than called for and thus would have caused a similar problem to yours upon initial inspection. I took everything apart and started fresh and then everything lined up perfectly. I inspected it three more times and found all markings and depth settings to be spot on as well as the cams being at TDC and the cam blocks being perfectly flush on the surface of the head
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:33 AM   #90
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Brilliant write-up, thanks for making such a contribution to e46fanatics and well done.

I had to change the head gaskets and get skimmed or replace warped heads on a Ford 2.8 three times (it was a V6 and you have to do both at once).
Was quite a pain, but cheap enough to do requiring little more than a gasket set (and no special tools). I'm guessing the engine block must have had some sort of blockage causing it to overheat.
Anyways, those were the bad old days. I'm pleased you managed it, looking forward to reading the full details of getting it back together right.
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:18 AM   #91
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Well, im proud to report after working on the darn thing all day... starting it... still having it throw a code, then taking it apart again... putting it all back together again.... and finally getting it perfect by 8:30pm... I had quite a busy day... but im proud to say its done.. and has no check engine light.. or service engine light
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what was wrong that made it throw a code?
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it was giving me vanos codes. So I pulled it off and timed it again. LOL
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That must have been really frustrating having to take it apart so many times. Hope your write-up tells us how to get it right first time. Well done for doing the job and providing the info.
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write up

yeah, the write up will tell you how to do it right the first time... since ive found so many OTHER ways to do it... hahahah.
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just wrote a pretty big update to my guide:
http://ezflatscreen.com/carpages/m52headremoval.php

I'll try and do a couple paragraphs more a day
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Old 08-07-2008, 10:33 PM   #98
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I've done a few of these things. Here's a few tips:
-you can make the crank locking pin from a M14 bolt and a grinder (reduce the end of it down until you can get it into the flywheel)
-do the zip tie thing that Matt said (I have at least two assemblies ready to go)
-follow what the Bentley manual says (I've done this 50-60 times and still go step by step from the Bentley manual).
-you can heli coil a overheated block (I've done it plenty of times)
-take an old head bolt and use it as a "grease applicator" for the block. I take an old head bolt and apply grease to it then thread it down into each hole in the block. I apply a thin coat for each hole
-take your time when torquing the bolts. A classmate of mine from college is a fastener engineer for Victor Reinz (who happens to make the head bolts for BMW's). After the first 90 degree turn, work on something else for about 10 minutes. Then do the second 90 degree turn.

Here's a pic of all I use to set the cam timing:
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just wrote a pretty big update to my guide:
http://ezflatscreen.com/carpages/m52headremoval.php

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good writeup
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mrshelley, if you looked at the guide, thats exactly what I said I said all you are REQUIRED to have are the vanos setup braket and the camshaft alignment jig tools. Everything else is "nice" to have, but not really needed.
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