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Old 09-08-2012, 12:46 PM   #11961
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After re- doing VCG 3 times last week, I ordered a new one yesterday. It was victor reinz that i replaced around 5 months ago. It suddenly developed a leak at the front, after removing and installing 3 tomes last week, i was able to stop the leak for a week. Now its leaking again in the back side.
I ordered elinger this time. If this leaks as well then I will just get a new VC.
So I finished a little bit ago, and as someone wrote here recently, the OE seems more rubbery than the reinz. We'll see!

I checked mine thoroughly for cracks and didn't see any. Also heard that reinz had changed suppliers of rubber...and mine coming out did see stiffer than I'd have expected after a relatively short time...under a year.

Might be many of us have suffered from this bad batch of rubber.

Anyway, I remember my first time and it was nerve wracking, as it was the most significant diy I'd done at that point...iirc. This time a relative breeze. Won't say I enjoy it...but without break time...figure maybe 1.5 hours or so. Waiting for rtv to harden a bit before starting it...just coz!

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Old 09-08-2012, 12:55 PM   #11962
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I used OEM the second time and it felt like much better rubber, the non OEM one I used the first time was rock hard after a month
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:29 PM   #11963
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:42 PM   #11964
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So I finished a little bit ago, and as someone wrote here recently, the OE seems more rubbery than the reinz. We'll see!

I checked mine thoroughly for cracks and didn't see any. Also heard that reinz had changed suppliers of rubber...and mine coming out did see stiffer than I'd have expected after a relatively short time...under a year.

Might be many of us have suffered from this bad batch of rubber.

Anyway, I remember my first time and it was nerve wracking, as it was the most significant diy I'd done at that point...iirc. This time a relative breeze. Won't say I enjoy it...but without break time...figure maybe 1.5 hours or so. Waiting for rtv to harden a bit before starting it...just coz!

Fingers crossed!
Just came back re-tigthening the bolt where I was leaking again.
Have to keep it from leaking at least till the new elring gasket arrives.
1.5 hours it is for me too. May be even faster as I have done 3 times already in last week. I guess I can remove the VC and all the screws blindfolded now.

I have broken the studs for VC before because of over torquing, so be careful. And those pesky little suckers are not cheap at the dealership. Even online, the cap nut is $5 and the stud is $1. Dealers: cap nut $9, and the stud $4.


Last time I did the VCG, I started the car after full 24 hours. Wanted to make sure it doesnt leak because of RTV not reaching the cure time. And then I get a leak from the opposite side.
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:50 PM   #11965
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:30 PM   #11966
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:37 PM   #11967
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Replaced the fsu on the 323 today. I watched Solidjakes vid and checked-out a few other DIY threads. Job was MUCH easier than I anticipated. The only thing I changed up was removing the plastic air duct. Read where someone did that and it helped alot with visibility. My original fsu was screwed in.

Thanks go to this forum and Solidjake for once again making me not afraid to tackle things with our cars and saving us money!
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:01 PM   #11968
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:19 PM   #11969
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:25 PM   #11970
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:42 PM   #11971
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Just came back re-tigthening the bolt where I was leaking again.
Have to keep it from leaking at least till the new elring gasket arrives.
1.5 hours it is for me too. May be even faster as I have done 3 times already in last week. I guess I can remove the VC and all the screws blindfolded now.

I have broken the studs for VC before because of over torquing, so be careful. And those pesky little suckers are not cheap at the dealership. Even online, the cap nut is $5 and the stud is $1. Dealers: cap nut $9, and the stud $4.


Last time I did the VCG, I started the car after full 24 hours. Wanted to make sure it doesnt leak because of RTV not reaching the cure time. And then I get a leak from the opposite side.
We'll see...I used oe, ultra black, and didn't follow the directions quite right! Oops. G-d damn it!

It says apply rtv, tighten down immediately, then wait an hour to tighten it down another 1/4 turn. Well, I just went down in stages all around and we'll see.

I'd read about the screws many times...since I know the torque is nothing, I basically just stopped at the stop and went tight. All unbroken...but I still have a spare screw from years ago just in case! Thanks for the warning though! This time I also ignored the instructions to just do the half moons at the corners and did the entire half moon.

I'll confess if it leaks again!
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:56 PM   #11972
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So I finished a little bit ago, and as someone wrote here recently, the OE seems more rubbery than the reinz. We'll see!

I checked mine thoroughly for cracks and didn't see any. Also heard that reinz had changed suppliers of rubber...and mine coming out did see stiffer than I'd have expected after a relatively short time...under a year.

Might be many of us have suffered from this bad batch of rubber.

Anyway, I remember my first time and it was nerve wracking, as it was the most significant diy I'd done at that point...iirc. This time a relative breeze. Won't say I enjoy it...but without break time...figure maybe 1.5 hours or so. Waiting for rtv to harden a bit before starting it...just coz!

Fingers crossed!
My Reinz VCG is leak free so far. When you pointed out a few months ago that my tightening pattern was incorrect, I pulled it off again, then reseated, and tightened it from the center studs to the outer ones, and everything has been good. (Torqued to 6ft/lbs)
Thanks BTW
I did notice the Reinz gasket has some extraneous "flappage"(not flush with the VC) just parallel to the SAP, but it certainly hasn't leaked yet.


Today:
I pulled out one of my EE projectors, baked it at 200F so that I could remove the clear cover to wipe what I thought was some condensation residue, but when I pulled it apart, and went to wipe it; it was this ultra fine grey dust, which wiped right off.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:06 PM   #11973
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Back when I did my VCG almost 15,000 miles ago, I used a genuine BMW gasket and ultra black RTV (IIRC). I didn't wait long at all before starting the car afterwords and since then, I have not had a single issue.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:17 PM   #11974
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I think i need to give it a wash and brush (I brush my interior carpeting instead of vacuuming it) saves electricity, lets me exercise, and saves money... I think I'll do that now.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:18 PM   #11975
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And +1 on Genuine BMW valve cover gaskets. it's what I use along with a brand new Genuine valve cover
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:42 PM   #11976
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:17 PM   #11977
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:49 PM   #11978
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:00 PM   #11979
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:10 PM   #11980
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They came in the mail today

I tampered with them to make them fit

Just messaged the seller expressing my desire to return his rubbish

Not sure if I want to purchase a new pair of oem, trust one of the sponsored vendors,

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