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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
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Mon, Jun-18-2012, 03:31:28 PM   #21
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Oh man! I wish it wasn't so detailed! I thought replacing the cam bolts would be an easy affair. Now I have a reality check. Ignorance WAS bliss....
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Old Mon, Jun-18-2012, 03:42:19 PM   #22
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I feel like I should pay you for this!

Between this DIY, the other cam bolts DIY, and the valve adjustments DIY im gunna save about ~1500+ in labor over the next 6 months. Thank you very much.
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Old Mon, Jun-18-2012, 03:53:06 PM   #23
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Incredibly good DIY.
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Excellent DIY
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Excellent work Danny.
Now I have to find the energy to write up the oil pan DIY... wish me luck Bob and let me know when you get my tabs!

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What a detailed and excellent DIY. Thank you. Never knew it was such a process. I don't think I would ever be able to handle something like this.
It's almost longer to read this whole thing than doing it, but this one is within reach of most enthusiasts. The whole timing thing sounds spooky until you open it up and start touching parts... makes it easier to understand

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Either way will work, but you do need to have two lock pins to lock the timming if you do it the way the OP did it.

Most Timming tools only come with one. It can be done with just one pin but from what I have found, youre more likely to throw off the timming.
True. Or you could use a screwdriver in place of the second pin. In the DIY I suggest ppl get a second pin, I think it's much easier to bolt them all up without turning the engine.

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Awesome DIY thanks for the effort More importantly how many miles on the new hub?
Not many... I have a new suspension sitting around (Konis) and have to install it so I'm not putting that many miles on the car.

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Amazing DIY! Thank you for taking the time to do this. I love DIY's that are very detailed and thorough. Keep up the good work!
It really takes forever to do a DIY. The pics are taken quickly, but the writeup... takes a few hours

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Oh man! I wish it wasn't so detailed! I thought replacing the cam bolts would be an easy affair. Now I have a reality check. Ignorance WAS bliss....
The cam bolts is easy. Just don't drop anything into the engine. It took me 3 weeks to fish my tabs out and I had the car on a lift the entire time. Seriously, just follow them one by one. Not worth paying $1000 for this work. Now the oil pan... oh I'd have no problem paying 1k for that!

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I feel like I should pay you for this!

Between this DIY, the other cam bolts DIY, and the valve adjustments DIY im gunna save about ~1500+ in labor over the next 6 months. Thank you very much.
You're welcome hehe. No need to pay me, I've found so many useful things in this forum it's time to give a little back. M3F
The valve adjustment isn't a big deal either. You don't need to mess with the timing so it's easier (as in you don't run the risk of blowing the engine). Make sure the little pucks don't get lost in the engine though! Ask me why I know

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Old Mon, Jun-18-2012, 04:20:58 PM   #24
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awesome write up
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Old Mon, Jun-18-2012, 04:30:16 PM   #25
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Very nice write up
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Old Mon, Jun-18-2012, 04:46:47 PM   #26
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Nice DIY. If you are doing anything in the future and need an extra set of hands or anything let me know. I am in Amesbury, I dont know where you are in MA but could be near by.
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You're in Mass? Maybe I will pay you to come give me a hand when I go to do all this the first time. Haha
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I think the next 500 pages will be filled with nothing but THANK YOU!


THANK YOU sir
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Old Mon, Jun-18-2012, 09:25:15 PM   #29
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I bought mine with 50k and the oil had only been changed 2 or 3 times before that yet it looks perfect inside. They must have used the wrong oil or something.
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You're in Mass? Maybe I will pay you to come give me a hand when I go to do all this the first time. Haha
Lol I was thinking the same thing.

Thanks for a great write up! This project is on the top of my to do list. I have a box of parts sitting in the garage. Where in Mass are you located? I would definitely throw you some cash to give me a hand.
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