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Old 06-20-2011, 08:26 AM   #1
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Gotta do the ol' valve cover gasket, got a question.

Is it necessary to replace the rubber gromets for the bolts. The ones NOT included with the kit? If so where can they be aquired?

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Old 06-20-2011, 08:31 AM   #2
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Yes, you need to. They conform to the shape and get brittle. I think Besians lists the part number on his site. Get them where you buy the VC gasket.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:07 AM   #3
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+1, and nothing personal, but every diy I've read has said this. It's been a while since I did it, but I think you should probably read some more diys until you start the work--you might catch some other things you shouldn't forget...like the two, opposite turning bolts you'll run into when doing the vanos seals...assuming you are...and seemingly you should (it's an article of faith here!).

Did you do any vomiting while you were studying diys? Was your stomach at least a little upset? If not, definitely read more.

Oh, and get an extra screw to replace the one you'll break or lose...worth the extra $4...and have a magnet on a stick and inspection mirror and xl50 /thread!
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:09 AM   #4
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:40 AM   #5
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No vomiting, I have done a brief overview of the DIY threads on this job. Trust me, I'm a mechanic in the USMC, this will be one of the easiest jobs ill do, just was not sure if those gromets actually helped seal the vc. Thanks for the help

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Old 06-20-2011, 10:37 AM   #6
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No vomiting, I have done a brief overview of the DIY threads on this job. Trust me, I'm a mechanic in the USMC, this will be one of the easiest jobs ill do, just was not sure if those gromets actually helped seal the vc. Thanks for the help

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Ah, you didn't say you were in the USMC! I'm sure it will be easy, but there are a few little things to note--specifically the rtv on half moons and where vanos meets the head.
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Ah, you didn't say you were in the USMC! I'm sure it will be easy, but there are a few little things to note--specifically the rtv on half moons and where vanos meets the head.
Just encase you missed it the first time...
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i can't believe i have that part number memorized lol, I guess we do alot of them
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When I replaced my VCG, I used new bolts and grommets. If you buy the bolts, they come with the grommets and washer as one piece. It might be slightly cheaper to just buy the rubber grommets, but I like new bolts especially when they run at 60K intervals. Same goes for strut or suspension nuts and bolts. Always new.
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Hey guys thanks for all the help.

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When I replaced my VCG, I used new bolts and grommets. If you buy the bolts, they come with the grommets and washer as one piece. It might be slightly cheaper to just buy the rubber grommets, but I like new bolts especially when they run at 60K intervals. Same goes for strut or suspension nuts and bolts. Always new.
Oh no, didn't you know of our lifetime parts; everything metal lasts for ever!

That's so funny to me that you replaced all the bolts--it's certainly the sort of thing I wholeheartedly endorse! Why do I think you also treated yourself to a couple new engine cover bolt covers too?
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Oh no, didn't you know of our lifetime parts; everything metal lasts for ever!

That's so funny to me that you replaced all the bolts--it's certainly the sort of thing I wholeheartedly endorse! Why do I think you also treated yourself to a couple new engine cover bolt covers too?
No new engine cover nuts, but it did get a thorough cleaning, as did the valve cover.

Gaskets, nut and bolts should always be replaced. Thats my motto.
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i am going to through this out there but it is not necessary. yes, it would be nice and recommended but you can get away with it (assuming the rubber on your gromet is good to go). also, i don't recall see any BMW TIS on replacing the rubber gromet.
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Just found the gasket kit with the grommets at oembimmerparts.com $41, at first I was confused because the grommets are not shown in the picture. sold!
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