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Old 11-05-2011, 09:56 AM   #41
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...waiting. Remember, you posted that "I shall see"....
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:52 PM   #42
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Quick update, making a final tap in the ofh for my aftermarket pressure sensor so I can run the factory sensor as well as the aftermarket one. I want to know for sure if I lose pressure.
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:51 PM   #43
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Ok here's a teaser - still waiting on the inline thermostat from Pegasus and the banjo bolt from the machine shop.

Looking at it, maybe the AN 10 lines are a little overkill...
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:48 PM   #44
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Cool...better over than underkill!
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:04 PM   #45
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Late post...But couldn't you just run a S54 OFH that has a t-stat built into it and use some of VACs oil line adapters (see pics). Thats what I used on my S52 E30. Oil temp never went above 210F. You just have to drill and tap the VANOS hole.



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Old 01-17-2012, 12:56 PM   #46
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I'd like to know this as well.....why not just run a different housing? From what I've seen it should work but I've not had them all side by side to compare. Anyone?

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Old 01-17-2012, 05:34 PM   #47
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S54 & M54 use the same part # gasket and the bolt holes are all in the same location. Just realized the vanos oil line hole should only have to be drilled & tapped if used with a E36 engine. and here is the link to the AN adapters I was refering to above.

http://store.vacmotorsports.com/vac-...ing-p1454.aspx
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:53 PM   #48
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From what I understand if you fit an S54 filter housing to an M54 you need to:

Fit spacers to the power steering pump mounting points (see VAC) so it lines up and modify the rear stabilising bracket.
Use a banjo bolt adaptor (see VAC) or tap the housing for the VANOS line because the S54 uses a different diameter.
Relocate the oil pressure or temperature sensor (I forget which) because the S54 housing has fewer connections.
Buy cooler inlet and return hose adaptor fittings (See VAC or Turner) because the S54 hard lines don't fit to our cars.
Mount the power steering fluid reservoir to something as you don't have a bracket on the S54 housing.

Hence why I haven't done this yet! I did just replace my filter housing gasket on the weekend but forgot to take some good pics.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:35 PM   #49
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Sounds right, I just wasn't sure of
p/s spacers, I guess if you found a wrecked M3 and took the oil filter housing and p/s pump it would be easier. It's still an option though.
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:30 AM   #50
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Correct Dan330CI,

In addition to the PS spacers I had to modify the stabilising bracket for the PS pump.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:29 AM   #51
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A suggestion, instead of using SS braided lines, you might want to try something like Earls Pro Lite 350. It's super easy to work with and route. After using this stuff, I won't go back to the SS braided hose. If you want a bit of extra protection, then cover it with some Russell Wrap it hose protector.
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Bump.

I having my shop tap the OEM M54 housing...like MasterC17 did. The main concern there is some possibility that there is a high RPM bypass built into the housing so unfiltered oil might pass through the cooler into the engine. I posted something about bypassing the OEM oil pressure sensor in a different thread but I misunderstood what my engine guy was talking about. So basically, he'll tap the M54 housing, install an inline thermostat and an inline filter. My engine guy and myself are NOT entirely sure about this so we're playing it safe. Plus, more oil filtering couldn't hurt.

Depending on how things go, the engine guy I use MIGHT...emphasize...MIGHT do this as a service. Put your name down if you are interested. Please specify if you just want the housing or if you want lines, cooler, stat, filter, etc...same setup as mine.

Be warned that if he does this, it won't happen anytime soon. I will HOPEFULLY test my setup 21/22 Apr if my car gets done. We'll log some oil temps, make adjustments if needed. Once things are good to go, I'll provide some details.

I will talk to him about a core exchange program. You pay for the tapping + core charge. You return a servicable housing...you get the core charge back.
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Ended up going with the VAC billet housing. The shop was looking at the passages in the housing and they didn't think it would work. The area that would be tapped for one fitting will just flow in the the same area as the other fitting. So basically the in and out will flow into the same area, thus, may not get any return pressure. Then clearance issues with the twinscrew snout, extra sensors, etc...it just made sense. In the end, not that much more expensive.
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With the VAC billet housing what did you end up doing for oil filter. Doesn't that kit use some sort of racing inline filter? Does that work for a car that is street driven?
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With the VAC billet housing what did you end up doing for oil filter. Doesn't that kit use some sort of racing inline filter? Does that work for a car that is street driven?
Its an inline filter from VAC. I haven't seen it yet since my car just started running again yesterday...at a shop in Houston which is 200 miles away.

I don't see why that wouldn't work for a street driven car. The filter element is reusable so you just need to clean it. The bad part is it does seem messier than the OEM setup.

The other bad part is I need to start selling my stash of OEM M54 oil filters...
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Its an inline filter from VAC. I haven't seen it yet since my car just started running again yesterday...at a shop in Houston which is 200 miles away.

I don't see why that wouldn't work for a street driven car. The filter element is reusable so you just need to clean it. The bad part is it does seem messier than the OEM setup.

The other bad part is I need to start selling my stash of OEM M54 oil filters...
That was the part that worried me... the fact that the car is then no longer serviced like an OEM BMW. I guess I might just need to get over that.

You know anyone that has experience with those racing/reusable filter elements? It seemed so foreign to me that I was really hesitant to move forward with it.
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That was the part that worried me... the fact that the car is then no longer serviced like an OEM BMW. I guess I might just need to get over that.

You know anyone that has experience with those racing/reusable filter elements? It seemed so foreign to me that I was really hesitant to move forward with it.
You'll have less problems since you are NA...I'd just go with the S54 oil filter housing.

The problem I have is TS snout is right in the way where the cooler lines would run.
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Did anyone ever do a write-up on fitting the S54 housing onto the M54? I assume that my friend who is a superman mechanic could figure this out, but its always nice to read that someone else has already tried it and made it work (and posted about what didn't work and had to be custom modified).
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The gasket part #s were the same for the M54 and S54. VAC sells the p/s pump spacer to align the pully up with everything. Then there's the adaptor if you want to use -10AN lines.

I think the only unsolved problem with the S54 housing is the bracket for the p/s pump.
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