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    Default M5 revitalized

    I have been incredibly fortunate with being able to daily this

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    I know these have a bad rep for being unreliable but other than a clutch replacement this has been the most reliable car I have ever owned

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    But with 150k I decided to do a bit of preventive maintenance

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    Specifically the achilles tendon of the s62, rod bearing replacement

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    The good thing about the s62 is as you take it apart you get see all the madness BMW was up to in the early 2000s

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    I love ITB's so much

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    The sub frame now needs to be removed to gain access to the lower oil pan

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    Oil pan is two pieces

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    Oil pump removal

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    And we found what we were looking for

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    Good news! completely normal wear!

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    Given the visual wear I am going to plastiguage the old bearings to make sure they are in spec

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    Also cleaning everything I take off

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    Fresh parts!

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    The goods

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    That is it for now, I Plastiguaged all the old bearings and all were well within BMW specifications! not to bad for 150k miles

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    I had no idea the intake manifold looked like that inside. Cool stuff when M was M.

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    Love the E39 M5, glad to see you're doing your part to make sure this one stands the test of time!


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    Another easyspeed thread, this is going to be good! Very thorough already

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    going to keep my eye on this one! loving the photos :P
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    never knew that BMW did two piece oil pans. that's pretty cool.

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    The spread of new bearings, Rod fasteners and gaskets!

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    Old bearings gone, new bearings ready to go in

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    Couldn't help but notice the wear on the oil pump tensioner/guide

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    Looking groovy, but not in the good way

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    Ordered a new one, the steel spring on the old tensioner also had lost quite a bit of tension

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    That is about it for down here but I have much more work left (hint) timing chain guides

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    Quote Originally Posted by white out View Post
    I had no idea the intake manifold looked like that inside. Cool stuff when M was M.

    E39M5 is one of the greatest cars ever. Sub'd.
    I am a sucker for ITB's they just make everything better!

    Quote Originally Posted by 19birel View Post
    Love the E39 M5, glad to see you're doing your part to make sure this one stands the test of time!
    It is going to be a long road but totally worth it!

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    Another easyspeed thread, this is going to be good! Very thorough already
    I will try my best, thanks dude

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    going to keep my eye on this one! loving the photos :P
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dat_Yota View Post
    never knew that BMW did two piece oil pans. that's pretty cool.
    It is cool but it's also just one more gasket you have to buy

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    Great work so far, welcome to the life of preventative maintenance on M cars. Love E39 M5s. What are future plans, if any?

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    Great car, keep up the documentation of your work. Sub'd.

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    Engine GTFO!

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    I had forgotten how much gravity this badboy had

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    Luckily the top portion of this job is relatively simple

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    Thought I lost a jack! good thing I found it... nobody wants to be one jackoff

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    No bad noises so far

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    Quite the paper weight

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    Yep still cool looking from back here

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    Weight reduction is easy, just pull that dumb air pump out

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    "I like this engine" 2 Chainz

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    I feel the engineers at BMW solve every problem by just adding more fasteners, change my mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by whyisthernousernames? View Post
    Another easyspeed thread, this is going to be good!
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    "This engine is just made entirely of bolts." Me

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    Tear down (aka impact battery destroyer)
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    Little vanos solenoids
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    Mmm complexity
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    Its complex but so interesting
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    No shortage of grease and grime here
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    Look at the length of those balancer fasteners
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    Multi piece water pump housing
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    There it is boys in all its glory! after removing every type of fastener know to man
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    Did we learn anything today? If so comment below
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    I know it looks complicated and it is, now if you don't mind I have many impact batteries to recharge

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    Great read a like you said at the start - fascinating pulling apart such an interesting engine!

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    Great pictures! really enjoy seeing the progress

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    Love the attention to detail. (most) engines really are just stuff bolted together. Keep up the good work and keep the pictures coming.

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    Timing guide part II

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    Fresh guides never looked so good!

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    My original guides were toasted! so toasted in fact that I chucked them without taking any photos, I think out of disgust

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    Comparing old chain to new chain, basically nothing visually different (other than the color) no stretch or unusual wear ect..

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    Reversal of everything I just did

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    New guides, chain, tensioner, updated Vanos spring washer to later model (gets rid of that annoying Vanos rattle) and converted Vanos fasteners to grade 8 and a whole lot of other random wear items

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    All together again

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    What could this be?

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    Hmmm 1/2" 316L stainless plate

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    I am going to be making some headers for this bad bish!

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    Thanks for the excellent pictures!!

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    Amazing how we all start with "I'll just replace this little sucker to prevent future headaches" and then we end up with an overhaul.
    Looking good, watching this one for sure!
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    Very cool! Please keep us posted of all the details as you build the headers.

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    Love the E39 M5....... Always wanted one, but regrettably they are essentially impossible to get where I live currently; so if you don't mind, I shall live vicariously through you.
    BTW, are these headers gong to be as crazy as everything else that you build?

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    Love the E39 M5....... Always wanted one, but regrettably they are essentially impossible to get where I live currently; so if you don't mind, I shall live vicariously through you.
    BTW, are these headers gong to be as crazy as everything else that you build?

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    M5's are such a cool car, id love to own one

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    This is spurring me on to get stuck into my own M5. Love it! Please keep us updated with your progress.


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    3D printed the flange for some mock up

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    Blue flanges would be interesting though
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    Also turned out to be a great pattern as well
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    I decided to make the flanges by manual machining, something I have always wanted to do with the old Bridgey
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    Blues stainless brother, these flanges are 316 SS and the tubing 304L SS
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    This is where auto feeding bandsaws shine, long cuts are a breeze with this beast
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    Box O tubes
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    Cutting continues
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    Hang em high
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    I also have a set of super sprints for helping with the mock up process, will make this way easier
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    Serious plug
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    Stainless is no joke machining, but once you get the feed speed down it cuts quite nicely, also the high quality hole saw is key
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    The holesaw is just the first step, I will be boring the I.D. to the correct diameter
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    Till next time.

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