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Old 03-21-2019, 09:14 PM   #1
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m56 valve cover gasket is expensive!

can i use m54 valve cover gasket on m56 valve cover?
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:23 PM   #2
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I think the m56 uses a metal-base gasket. It's $10 more than a m54 one...

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Old 03-21-2019, 11:55 PM   #4
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M56 gasket is a different number than the M54. 11127521009 is the M56 gasket, 11120030496 is the M54. The M56 spark plug tube seals are a one piece strip, not two sets of three. And yes it is metal and the Elring is about the same price as a Genuine BMW gasket for an M54.
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you must use the M56 gasket. its different than the M54 in a few areas.
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