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Old 10-20-2010, 06:46 AM   #2661
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anyone with E46 M3 need a valve adjustment done ?

i just did mine tonight and still have the kit and tools...
obviously don't need it.... but how involved was it? just curious what all needed to be done.
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:31 AM   #2662
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obviously don't need it.... but how involved was it? just curious what all needed to be done.
1) gain access to crankshaft pulley (to turn cams manually), if you don't have the front of the car off, this means removing the fan clutch and shroud.
2) remove valve cover and spark plugs (so you can turn the engine easier).
3) check gap between cam and rocker when cam is in up position.
4) if gap is out of spec:
4a) remove rocker retaining clip
4b) slide rocker off valve
4c) using special BMW tool retrieve valve shim from out of spec valve spring top
4d) measure shim
4e) determine required shim thickness to bring it back into spec
4f) install new shim of required thickness with special BMW tool
4g) replace rocker, replace retaining clip
4h) re-check gap to ensure it is within spec

... do this for all 24 valves and you should be good.

i'd say that it takes about two hours to disassemble the car to gain access to what you need and then another two hours to be meticulous about shimming. and then another one hour to put everything back together.

this is why BMW charges arm+leg for the job.
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:16 PM   #2663
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Anyone interested in a meet/cruise/dinner/photo op? A few guys from acurazine and myself are meeting up to take pictures and cruise. Here's a link if you just want to check it out http://www.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=795538 but if you want to go just let me know and I could add you guys to the list. My buddy is coming with his M3 and he would definitely love some beamer guys to be there with him.
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:58 PM   #2664
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:11 PM   #2665
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anyone with E46 M3 need a valve adjustment done ?

i just did mine tonight and still have the kit and tools...
I just had mine done 2 weeks ago. It had 12 valves out of spec.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:48 PM   #2666
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I just had mine done 2 weeks ago. It had 12 valves out of spec.
i had four out and three at the limit on exhaust side, and one out and two at the limit on the intake side... i changed all 10.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:36 PM   #2667
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garrett... come do valve adjustment on sreepy..... i'z lazy
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:13 PM   #2668
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I'm going to need to do a valve adjustment soon.
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:31 PM   #2669
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I'm going to need to do a valve adjustment soon.
how soon ?
i'm either looking to recoup some of my investment by doing some local jobs with it, or reselling the kit.

the kit itself is over $400...
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:41 PM   #2670
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I'm sure it already needs the adjustment, the lifters are making some noise and I don't know when it was done last. I just need to find time to do it. Probably after I install the power steering pump on my 325i so I have something to drive while I take the M apart. So I guess in the next month or so.
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do you want to buy the kit from me, or have me do it for you (for a price) ?
i would sell, as a full kit all the tools needed to do the job (shim kit, shim recovery tool, digital mic, feeler gauges and i'll even throw in the bought-yesterday-used-today tube for high-temp RTV sealant) i can also provide you a list of all of the gaskets you'd need to get in advance to put everything back together.
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Are you open to renting the kit? I already have a digital micrometer and some feeler gauges.
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yes, i'm open to renting it for a smaller fee, however, i'd prefer to rent it sooner than later as i need to cycle some cash back into the 'program' =)
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i'm also due for a valve adjustment, how much do you charge Garrett?
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i'm also due for a valve adjustment, how much do you charge Garrett?
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:36 AM   #2678
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Fellas--I'm about to purchase a set of Blizzak LM-60's for the OEM 18" staggered setup on the e46 M3. You all think that'll do fine for winter here in Denver?
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Fellas--I'm about to purchase a set of Blizzak LM-60's for the OEM 18" staggered setup on the e46 M3. You all think that'll do fine for winter here in Denver?
Yes, Blizzak makes a good tire, these are what I run in the winter.
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