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  • do you really need valve adj tool

    hello
    i want to do a valve adjustment soon,but do i really need the valve adj tool?
    the one with the 2 hooks on it.
    thanx
    M3 GOTTA LOVE THEM

  • #2
    Absolutely.

    The job would be pretty much impossible without it.

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    • #3
      Not only you need the tool, which is the cheap part, but you also need a very large selection of shims. And chances are that even if one has a large choice of shims, the ones he needs may be not the ones he has.


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      • #4
        Check with Brent at Koala Motorsports. He rents the tool and shims, and you pay him for whatever shims you use.
        Anders

        "Objects in mirror are losing..."

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        • #5
          guys i live in jamaica and no tool or shims here ,not even the dealer,so what do u guys think i should do,measure first then order the shims i need?.
          know the funny part is the mechanic and my friend who owns 2 m3 does not know what is a valve adjustment(the mech works at a bmw specialist place out here and he was the one that set up my engine ,yes he fuck up a lot of things)
          M3 GOTTA LOVE THEM

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          • #6
            let's just say that if you try this without the tool you will most likely damage the lifter buckets and possibly fracture the cam.
            So do not allow your mechanic to adjust the valve shim clearances without the correct tools.

            m

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            • #7
              ok then i will order the tool first then measure then order shims ,
              it will take about a month to do that but what the heck
              thanx
              M3 GOTTA LOVE THEM

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              • #8
                off course ther's always the possibility of measuring and noting the current valve clearance, carefully remoive the camshaft(s), remove the shims at the valves that are out of spec, measure these and ordern new ones accordingly...
                I also heard of a VW tool that supposedly works.

                check out zdmak (username) at ebay.com he sells BMW and other special tools. Perhaps you receive it quicker and cheaper.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hardtailer
                  off course ther's always the possibility of measuring and noting the current valve clearance, carefully remoive the camshaft(s), remove the shims at the valves that are out of spec, measure these and ordern new ones accordingly...
                  I also heard of a VW tool that supposedly works.

                  check out zdmak (username) at ebay.com he sells BMW and other special tools. Perhaps you receive it quicker and cheaper.
                  Which VW tool is it Hardtailer?, or it could be both VW tools.

                  I have the tool for the 1.8 engine VW but not the tool for the 1.5-1.7L engine.

                  I tried the VW tool I have on one side of the s14 but it did not fit.
                  It did not occur to me to try it on the other side of the head :homer:

                  m

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hardtailer
                    off course ther's always the possibility of measuring and noting the current valve clearance, carefully remoive the camshaft(s), remove the shims at the valves that are out of spec, measure these and ordern new ones accordingly...
                    I also heard of a VW tool that supposedly works.

                    check out zdmak (username) at ebay.com he sells BMW and other special tools. Perhaps you receive it quicker and cheaper.
                    you beat me on that :yeah:


                    Goodbye M3, you served me well.

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                    • #11
                      Agreed with Hardtailer. Also...you'll likely be able to move around some of your existing shims as well so that's a plus. :cool:

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Anders
                        Check with Brent at Koala Motorsports. He rents the tool and shims, and you pay him for whatever shims you use.
                        Just for future reference-Brett Anderson no longer rents any tools. I hated to see it happen because he saved me a ton of money and hassle by his tool rentals. Too bad it is all over....
                        Eric Giles
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                        • #13
                          Just to continue on this thread. I began the valve adjustment process so the tool is on it's way. You can rent my tool for $20, the money is to cover the shipping and the hassle. Needless to say if you are in boston area you can borrow my tool for free (I am still talking about the valve adjustment tool )



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