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    precisely. for how cheap and simple of a R&R >>

    this is, everyone should just do it at 100k miles or so. Save your guide rails which are not that expensive of a part but a pain to get to.

    If you are replacing lower timing covers gaskets definitely look at the guide rails since they will be exposed.


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    Wow - that's a clean engine!

    Not a trace of the usual yellow/brown film, nice.

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    Re: Which tensioner?

    Andreas how are u? dont know if u remeber me? I used to own a E28 M5 and then a e30 M3 ,,, just got a 2003 540 540 6 speed and am planning of re joining you guys at the courses and driver schools

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    Not sure

    You the guy i met at the gas station when i was drooling over your e29 M5? exxon and franny lew i think it was

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    meant to type e28^



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    Pulling the engine is not necessary for this, no?


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    Re: meant to type e28^

    yup thats the one :) had my BIG F40 ex Ed Arnold front brakes :)1988 E28 M5 stroked and camed SOLD
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    Re: meant to type e28^

    Nice find on the 03 540!! hard to find one in good condition AND the owner is willing to let go of it. That's the youngest car i would buy if i had the money.
    But yah I'm trying to get started on my e30 rebuild/transplant. Got a new tool cart today and trying to organize the garage for the weeks of wrenching i have ahead of me with the e39 repairs/maintenance and the e30 project. I have to be ready for this summer. I want to make it for the late summer auto-crossing





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    Ouch, you need a garage make over






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    Re: Ouch, you need a garage make over

    Maybe so Jim, but you've set the GarageMahal bar pretty high.

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    Right

    Correct. I did the job with just the front clip removed for better access to the front. I initially intended to take care of some additional stuff with the engine out of the car, but I'll get to that stuff once we have three cars again so I don't have to rush the job, which will probably include new rod bearings.


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    Need some PS21

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    Re: Ouch, you need a garage make over

    That was what my buddies christened mine (see post below). Especially when I got the deal on the polished brass ceiling fans ........ Then I had to tell them it was air conditioned too...

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    Gotta have AC in summer, garage gets 2hot2 work in






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    Re: Gotta have AC in summer, garage gets 2hot2 work in

    You're right. When I built this one I put an 18,500 unit in the 2 opposite walls. With 4 ceiling fans, I can take the garage from 90 degrees on a hot, humid Maryland July day down to 72 in about an hour and a half and then shut one unit down and hold that. I figure I could turn it into a meat locker if you put them both on high and left it ......

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    Im in the middle of it now

    Those are the Before pics. I bought a nice tire rack, a smaller compressor and big tool cart to add to my garage. There was even more stuff in there before that pic. I had to scrap most of the old e30.

    Give me another 2 weeks and ill take the after pics. Im cutting out the rubber liners right now for my new tool cart.

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    GarageMahal

    lol i thought you guys knew Steve Petersen or something. He was known to have the GarageMahal back in the early days of roadfly.

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    Cold Jim. So cold. :-)




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    LOL, was expecting a snappy comment from Euro






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    Hey eagle540i6! I did this not too long ago too..

    Nice write-up!! I did the job with the engine in the car too. The crank bolt cost me about two weekends and two 1/2 drive ratchets (Craftsman - so not really, but broken at the time)... I bought a 3/4 drive breaker bar and the 3/4 drive 1-1/8 socket to break the crank bolt free... My neighbor made the crank holding tool out of a 2.5 foot x 3 inch x 1/4 inch steel plate... I think I still have it around here somewhere... I had to put another 6 feet of pipe over the breaker bar... I don't have pics of the "home-made" tool avail yet...

    My U-rail was the worst... I suspect I spent over $700 for parts and an additional $80 for crank bolt tools... I didn't buy the cam holding tools...

    Here's mine...






    I put a pin in the flywheel and marked everything on the sprockets and chains... I noticed the flats at the back of the cams were perfectly parallel to the machined surface of the head (and to each other), so that is how I timed mine after all the parts were replaced... The holding tools would have made it easier, but I doubt I'm off on any of the settings... The car runs perfect, if not better...

    I doubt this had been done on my car prior to me getting the car, so I am a little shocked you had a previous 540i fail on you at just 140k miles... Maybe I was running on borrowed time and picked a good time to replace the items when I did...

    I still have to do the rear main seal on mine too... Not looking forward to it, if I get to it before selling it...

    Cheers!!!

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