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Old 05-03-2015, 08:48 AM   #1
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Rebuilt M54

I recently purchased a 2004 330i ZHP. The owner had "Spun" the cam. We found a lot of metal in the oil. A total rebuild was in order. I have to taken the engine competely down to a bear block. I have had everything cleaned. I have purchased a new oil Pump, Cams, Bearing Ledge, Rebuilt the double Vanos, and many more parts. I am now reassembling the engine. The question I have is, How do you set the timing? I have not found how to time the pistons to the head.

If anyone know, I would be very grateful!
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:37 PM   #2
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Have a look at the link below. Also have a look at the parent thread. It has a bunch of stuff as well as how to make the tools for the timing if you are so inclined.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=904350
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Old Yesterday, 03:20 PM   #3
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jjrichar, Thank you. You gave just what I was looking for. Now, do you know the best was to install the engine? AKA, Drip it in from the top or Drop the "K" member and drop the car around the engine?
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Old Yesterday, 06:12 PM   #4
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I haven't done the job before, so I can't help you there. I'd probably drop it in so you don't have to remove the steering rack, front suspension, etc. Without the transmission attached I would think this was the easiest option. Just a guess. There are no doubt people out there who would give you a better idea.
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