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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 Tue, Sep-17-2013, 01:42:04 AM   #21
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Wow. Talk a our a write up.
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HOLY SH@T!!!!!

Very, very well done.
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Old Tue, Sep-17-2013, 01:52:17 AM   #23
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Your old bearing doesn't look bad. You mentioned the car has 130k, but what's the actual milage on the bearing due to the rod bearing recall replacement?
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Old Tue, Sep-17-2013, 08:52:52 AM   #24
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Great write up (as always) - thanks.

Did you have more than one blackstone reading? Also how did Cu and Fe look?

I suspect not that many data points out there with a blackstone followed by physical bearing inspection.
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Awesome DIY! Thank you.
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dude seriously thank you! I'm going to be doing this as soon as time permits and this makes me feel a lot better, it really doesn't seem very hard, just very tedious work and small area!

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Thank you for taking the time to document this
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Old Tue, Sep-17-2013, 10:58:17 AM   #28
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Just thinking out loud, but would it be any easier to actually pull the motor with a cherry picker and access the oil pan and bearings that way, disconnecting headers, tranny, motor mounts, fan, and associated lines, put it on an engine stand and rotate it so the crank is facing up? Or, would the whole front end have to come apart to get the block out?

Anyways great write up, enjoyed reading through it.
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Why did you use RTV on the oil pan gasket? Shouldn't be necessary and will make disassembly at 260,000 a bit of a pain...?
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Just thinking out loud, but would it be any easier to actually pull the motor with a cherry picker and access the oil pan and bearings that way, disconnecting headers, tranny, motor mounts, fan, and associated lines, put it on an engine stand and rotate it so the crank is facing up? Or, would the whole front end have to come apart to get the block out?

Anyways great write up, enjoyed reading through it.
This is something I've been wondering myself. Sure would be nice to be able to do the rod bearings with the engine out of the car
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