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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Mon, Oct-31-2016, 02:31:15 AM   #21
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Default Re: DIY: E46 M3 detailed rod bearing replacement and front suspension refreshment

Thank you! Another awesome DIY! I've used your coolant flush, thermostat replacement, and spark plug replacement DIYs.
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How much time would you say it would take just to do the bearings?
Knowing what I know now and having multiple DIYs at my fingertips...probably ~6 hours with an early S54 and dropping the entire front subframe as an assembly. But I won't know for sure until I do this DIY a second time without having to take pictures and document steps.
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Another quality DIY from bimmerfan08. I just documented my SMG swap with pics and boy is it a lot of work, doing all that and writing it up is seriously very time consuming so I give you a lot of thanks and credit for taking the time to do all this! This will help a lot of people out, excellent work!!
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Wow. Best DIY ever. Thank you, you've inspired me to DIY this.
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Thanks for taking the time!

It will come in handy in a couple of weeks.
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This is amazing and makes it seem not so scary! Nice works and thank you for your hardwork!
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Great DIY!
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Thank you, just ordered my bearings!
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Well done!
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Awesome!
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Brilliant DIY. Love the picture of your two planted tree's !!
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Thank you! Another awesome DIY! I've used your coolant flush, thermostat replacement, and spark plug replacement DIYs.
Thanks guys. Definitely took some time to compile but hoping this comes in handy for folks wanting to save some $ and DIY moving forward.
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Wow, this is awesome DIY. Thank you!
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wow, great job! I'm adding a link into my earlier DIY
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This is an awesome DIY! Thank you!
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Very nice! Excellent DIY!

I used something similar with I did them in my E92M a while back.
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Used this DIY for my rod bearing project the last two days. Thanks bimmerfan08, could not have done this job without it, very invaluable indeed!

Could you please add oil pan cover gasket on your required parts for later model, I'm not sure what's the cut-off date but my car manufacture date was 6/2004. I ordered the PN you listed (11137832023) which is incorrect for my year, two different sizes. The correct PN (11137834886). This delayed me a day since the local dealers in San Diego don't have them in stock, I had to special order. Pictures.

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Used this DIY for my rod bearing project the last two days. Thanks bimmerfan08, could not have done this job without it, very invaluable indeed!

Could you please add oil pan cover gasket on your required parts for later model, I'm not sure what's the cut-off date but my car manufacture date was 6/2004. I ordered the PN you listed (11137832023) which is incorrect for my year, two different sizes. The correct PN (11137834886). This delayed me a day since the local dealers in San Diego don't have them in stock, I had to special order. Pictures.

Just checked RealOEM to confirm. It seems the oil pan cover gasket changed around 04/2003 when the oil pan was updated. I'll add both part numbers to the OP. Good catch.

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/sho...diagId=11_2990
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Bravo

Brilliant DIY , amazingly detailed. Thank you for this
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