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Old 12-13-2012, 12:07 PM   #41
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The cover does warp pretty often. Get the OE cover and a new OE gasket and you shouldn't have to worry. Otherwise, I'd say installer error (need to torque the bolts evenly, in a circular pattern).
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:52 PM   #42
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The cover does warp pretty often. Get the OE cover and a new OE gasket and you shouldn't have to worry. Otherwise, I'd say installer error (need to torque the bolts evenly, in a circular pattern).
its definitely possibly it was not torqued evenly but will also factor in it was the shitty Victor Reinz gasket
hoping valve cover is fine however

will find out next month/after the holidays
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:40 PM   #43
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its definitely possibly it was not torqued evenly but will also factor in it was the shitty Victor Reinz gasket
hoping valve cover is fine however
I'll bet you very few covers are warped and torquing the nuts is not that critical because of the nature of the design.
Who has a leak that does not come from Victor Reinz gaskets? Very low number I'll wager.
Just avoid the VR gasket set!
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:52 PM   #44
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I'll bet you very few covers are warped and torquing the nuts is not that critical because of the nature of the design.
Who has a leak that does not come from Victor Reinz gaskets? Very low number I'll wager.
Just avoid the VR gasket set!
My wife's car... Leaking for third time on oe gaskets.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:56 PM   #45
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Maybe she doesn't know how to install the VCG?
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:02 PM   #46
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Maybe she doesn't know how to install the VCG?
Haaaaa I am the one who installed it every time..
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:03 PM   #47
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I'll bet you very few covers are warped and torquing the nuts is not that critical because of the nature of the design.
A BMW shop I worked at made it their MO to replace the cover itself every time they did the gasket. It's a lot more common than you think.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:24 PM   #48
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A BMW shop I worked at made it their MO to replace the cover itself every time they did the gasket. It's a lot more common than you think.
I agree. Valve cover is made out of plastic and prone to warping. Look at the gap created by my warped valve cover.


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Old 12-15-2012, 05:30 PM   #49
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A BMW shop I worked at made it their MO to replace the cover itself every time they did the gasket. It's a lot more common than you think.
Ouch! $215 each time you remove the VC!

That brands the oe cover really deficient. Now I'm down on BMW too!
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:32 PM   #50
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Valve cover is made out of plastic and prone to warping. Look at the gap created by my warped valve cover.
I smell a Stewart all Aluminum valve cover in the works!

How high would you pay?
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:36 PM   #51
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Personally, I wouldn't replace the valve cover unless it was warped any more than I would replace the gasket every time I had the cover off.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:18 PM   #52
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I smell a Stewart all Aluminum valve cover in the works!

How high would you pay?
really don't know what i'd pay for that but depending on how it looked i'd love this



gonna check again but now that i seen the above pic i don't believe my cover is warped

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Remember most of it would not show.
Black BMW cover goes over all but the front.
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