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Old 02-17-2015, 01:25 PM   #1
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Schrick Cams

Hey everyone,

Finally got myself a set of cams after a long time of debating whether or not to actually do it. Gonna begin the install tonight and hopefully complete it in sections of a couple hrs every night until its done.

I've several resources to guide me along including a Bentley manual. I feel confident that I will be able to do this myself and do it right the first time around. Still, i'd like to ask for any advice from our community.

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Old 02-17-2015, 04:11 PM   #2
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With all the specialized tools that you need to buy/borrow/fabricate substitutes for this is more work than I'd want to do myself. Let us know how it goes, and especially if you think it was worth it after you're done and feel the power difference.
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:08 PM   #3
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The list of tools needed for this job certainly is extensive. I did pick up the camshaft tools from G.A.S. I also have various gaskets, VANOS pieces from Beisan and even CCV and DISA refresh pieces. I've always been a bit hesitant with the idea of tackling this job but managed to convince myself to give it a shot.

I'm sure while I'm working on it I will feel overwhelmed and possibly regret my decision but I also really enjoy working with my e46. I will definitely update this thread with the progress I make.
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:34 PM   #4
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So after about an hr and a half tonight, I haven't gotten very far. I guess you can say I'm taking my sweet a$$ time

This is what I left it at tonight..
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:35 PM   #5
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Keep us updated with pics, and I cannot wait to see the progress you make.

I wish I had the balls to tackle cams on my own.
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:40 PM   #6
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I'll try to remember to snap a few more photos for everyone but knowing how I work, I get tunnel vision lol. Perhaps after I'm finished an everything is running properly I'll assemble some photos together.

And I'm not sure I have the balls for this either haha.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:21 AM   #7
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So tonight I'm planning to invest another 1.5 - 2hrs working on the car. My plan is to begin by removing the valve cover, setting the crankshaft to TDC, attempt to lock my aftermarket flywheel with the pin, and start working on the VANOS system. Speaking of the VANOS, once I'm finished with the cams I will be replacing the gaskets with the rattle kit, oil line, and solenoid.

Anyways, after seeing how long it took me to prep for valve cover removal, we'll see how far I get with the VANOS tonight. Ill post another picture of the progress I will have made.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:09 AM   #8
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So my plans to work on the car tonight fell through. I've got a couple exams coming up before this weekend so thats my priority right now. I'm hoping to start back up on Friday night. Will post updates.
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Hour and a half and only the plugs were taken out? Amateur!!!

JK! Keep it going man, in for pics, progress and results
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:45 AM   #10
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My advice, concentrate on your exams. Get them done and then stop breaking the job up into these small chunks. It will make it much more difficult to remember what you did and where you put everything for reassembly. Not that it isn't totally doable with proper organization and prep but it certainly doesn't make it easier.
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Hour and a half and only the plugs were taken out? Amateur!!!

JK! Keep it going man, in for pics, progress and results
LOL I know I know Maybe I'll take another 2 hrs to remove the 15 valve cover bolts lol. Thanks Jake!

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My advice, concentrate on your exams. Get them done and then stop breaking the job up into these small chunks. It will make it much more difficult to remember what you did and where you put everything for reassembly. Not that it isn't totally doable with proper organization and prep but it certainly doesn't make it easier.
Yeah, I agree with you Jared. Since I have an exam today and tomorrow I think I will take tomorrow night, Saturday and Sunday to finish the job. Thanks for the advice!
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@SolidJake - So as I promised you, 1.5hrs later I set the engine to TDC lol

Seriously though, the spark plugs were a pain in my a$$. They felt like they were torqued down 100ft/lbs! I got them out, removed the valve cover and discarded the old gaskets, and set the engine to TDC.

Tomorrow I will attempt to lock the engine with the pin (I have an aftermarket flywheel) and begin tearing down the VANOS.

Here are some photos I snapped right before cleaning up for the night. Let me know if you guys see anything unusual.
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Here are some photos I snapped right before cleaning up for the night. Let me know if you guys see anything unusual.
Looks good, if you are unable to lock your flywheel just keep checking that mark to make sure it hasn't moved (during the points in install where the crank should be locked) to make it easier you could draw down it with white-out or something.
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That sounds like a good idea. White out would be best since its bright and easy to see. Thanks for the tip!
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Hey guys,

Sorry for the lack of progress updates. I ran into a few hiccups over the weekend, namely me being ill prepared without a couple required tools. I picked everything up and made sure I was 100% before continuing.

I made some good progress tonight after about 2 hours worth of wrenching. I managed to remove the OEM camshafts tonight!

So far, so good. Hasn't been too difficult at all, just time consuming for me since I've limited experience with engines. (Thanks again for the DIY guide Jared!)

I'm planning on prepping the Schricks with some grease and the helix splines so I can install them, time everything up and hopefully finish tomorrow tonight. I'm also doing a VANOS refresh with the Beisan kits so that will add some more time to my overall project.

Here is a picture of the OEM cams sitting in my room. Sorry, I forgot to take engine bay shots but I'm sure you all can imagine/look up what it looks like.
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No problem,

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How the help did anyone remove the helixes from the OE shafts???

I can't do it
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Also my schrick cams are finished differently. I just opened them tonight thinking I could finish but I saw they're different. As far as I can tell the lobes are oriented correctly but I didn't know if I had a mismatch since all the others I've seen online were the same.

Anyways, I still can't remove the helix pieces for the life of me. Any advice?
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Also my schrick cams are finished differently. I just opened them tonight thinking I could finish but I saw they're different. As far as I can tell the lobes are oriented correctly but I didn't know if I had a mismatch since all the others I've seen online were the same.



Anyways, I still can't remove the helix pieces for the life of me. Any advice?

I didn't have to remove them on mine since they were pre-installed on my used schricks. What are you having trouble with, turning the bolt at the end for removal or taking the helix pieces off after the bolt is out?
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