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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Aug-22-2008, 04:27:04 PM   #31
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hey hansel LOL, great write up man u got some balls. I was scared when I did mine on my s50 a couple years back. Alldata ftw
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Old Fri, Aug-22-2008, 07:13:33 PM   #32
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Great write up, how long did it take you? How much did you save by diy?
thanks!

well i've done it several times, so I've kinda got the hang of doing it. The last time i did it it took about an hour to get everything off...and about and hour and a half to get it back on (due to me doing it alone!). Expect this to take 4-5 hours for your first time, make sure your doing it right! Don't rush through it, you'll break/forget something!

probably save a few hundred bucks...the last time i saw someone get their vanos replaced, the shop charged them for 4 hours of work...at 100+ bucks an hour!
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hey hansel LOL, great write up man u got some balls. I was scared when I did mine on my s50 a couple years back. Alldata ftw
lol yea big brass ones...the first time i took mine off i was rebuilding my motor! so the vanos was the least of my worries!
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Is there going to be a Re-Installation?
I read it all and didn't see it.
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Drvanos.com has full install instructions online.
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Drvanos.com has full install instructions online.
I've read the PelicanParts, BeisanSystems and Dr.Vanos Instructions. They all differ slightly. I'd like to know how this guy did it so I can compare. Timing makes a difference.
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Tell you what, sod the VANOS, I was prepared to pay a friend who owns a garage to swap my cams for me...i'll do it myself now

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sorry guys it has been a rough couple of months and this got put on the back burner for me. Anyways why would you need to re time the cam shafts if your swapping the vanos?

anyways just got to pelican parts if you need to time the cam shafts because that's what i used to time mine.
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you need to re-time the cam shafts because the car has variable intake cam timing controlled by the vanos. It has an initial setting between the crank, exhaust and intake timing which needs to be set with the BMW tools. Once you remove the Vanos you mess that timing up so when you install you need to make sure everything is in TDC position.
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That is why you lock everything in place before you take it off... With the tools I listed. To install the vanos you crank the sprockets over as far as you can, I suppose you could call that timing.
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