'03 325iT Mystic Blau
On the exhaust front - I got mine for $100 and then got $50 when I sold my 325i exhaust.
Drop the cams in and call it a day...So I scored a pair of ZHP camshafts from an 04 330i that seem to be in great shape:
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Groove on exhaust side journal cylinder 5. Otherwise all smooth.
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Now the question. If I am opening it up again, should I bite the bullet and rebuild - new head gasket, new rings, new rod bearings. Already have both seals replaced as well as intake, valve cover, timing chain and oil pan gaskets.
- I dislike that my other b30 requires such effort to stop oil burning (Rotella, o2pilot, frequent dipstick checks)
- I could pm improved Mahle rings and (maybe?) look forward to 200k miles with less stress
- Engine is on a stand and not getting installed until August at the earliest
- Another notch in my mechanic's belt
- Can't figure out whether I have to timesert or not (no overheating, 98k miles)
- Never done it before
- Money - I estimate $300 for head work at machine shop + $5-600 for gasket, bolts, rings and bearings, timeserts $150
Please weigh in if you have an informed opinion (or if you have a ZHP exhaust sitting around unused)
Hate to correct. Deck. The head is the other one.
Oops! The head did check out flat, my eyes aren't good enough to pick the right picture on my iPhone! Don't worry about correcting me. It is the way I learn, and I am too old to need to be right on stuff I know little about.Hate to correct. Deck. The head is the other one.
BTW, the best way to check those surfaces is corner to corner on a diagonal. Flashlight behind and shining onto the surface where the bar meets the surface you're measuring.
This way, if there's an imperfection the light is witnessed between the surface and the bottom of the straight edge.
BTW ladies and gents, that's a tool specifically made for checking such. Just because it's called a straight edge, don't be fooled into thinking your steel rule is an equal substitute. That's a precisely machined tool.
I am in for about $9k so far over two years. That includes buying the car ($500) and this engine which will be about $2,000 all in when it is done including all gaskets, seals, and sensors.Trying to rival the Dakar Yellow XI for cost involved?
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