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      OPG is not hard, just time consuming, and requires organization. I used a 2'x3' sheet of cardboard, punched holes and inserted fasteners, labeling with part name (and torque setting) as removed. Took time but confident during reassembly and no do-overs (other than rtv when repositioning oil pan to get situated). Temp 105F when finishing so yeah, PIA. Sure nice having a clean engine though

      Thumbs up to aleksankazakov!
      Bingo, hardest part really is aligning the gasket and pan up together, since the whole engine sit's at an angle. Helps to have an extra set of hands to line everything up.

      FYI harbor freight sells an engine support bar.
      https://www.harborfreight.com/1000-lb-capacity-engine-support-bar-96524.html

      cudos to you that make them, but I'm lazy and the bar is cheap.
       
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      Hello,
      I have 2004 330ci coupe. It's time to change oil pan gasket. I changed valve cover gasket and OFHG before, I'm positive it is oil pan gasket now. Car is at 199k miles. Purchased an engine support bar. Watched many youtube videos and was planning to follow 50sKid video. However he doesn't explain how exactly he fixed this support bar on fenders of his car. I put my car on pair of stands, removed both wheels and the front bumper just to have more room to work. Removed all the other stuff, which is in the way and got to the point of removing engine mounts. At that point I had the support bar in place and engine hooked exactly as in Jason's video. However it didn't look stable to me. Not at all. I felt like the bar was ready to slip forward and I wasn't confident with continuing the repair so I halted there.

      Question to fellow DIYers, who did this job. How did you secure that engine support bar? Its legs are rubber, but the surface of fenders is uneven and there are bolts, it feels really unstable.
      Will appreciate any information, that may help
       
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      Yes, you can do it yourself. Search on this forum and youtube for how-to. Main thing you need is something to support the engine while the subframe is off, such as this.
      Use their standard 20% off coupons. You can get it at their website or in a daily newspaper on Saturday or Sunday.

      Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk
       
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