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Old 12-04-2008, 05:42 PM
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Double Vanos cam lock flywheel tool rental

I have plans to buy a set of tools when a person needs to pull their head off of a double vanos inline 6 engine. The whole set is pretty expensive and totally custom made for our engines.

Included is the following:
Flywheel Lock TDC pin
Vanos Banjo Air compressor tool
Special instructions for removing cams
proper alignment and securing of cam shaft while assembling timing chain.
Sprocket Turning Tool
For turning sprockets when removing and installing VANOS unit
Double VANOS Timing Kit

BMW Model M42, M44, M50, M52, M52TU Plus Vanos - BMW Engine M50, M52, M50 US, M52 US , M52TU (1998-2000), M54 (2001-2004), & M56 (2003 to present).
Works for most 3 series and 5 series, Z3, Z4, X5 inline 6 engines.

Rent it and save alot of dough versus buying the tools:
$100 for 10 days plus a security deposit, plus $10 shipping and handling.
Send me an email or PM for availability and to reserve the tool set.

Being that nobody seems to be offering such a thing on bimmerfest (except for one single vanos adjust set), I wanted to help out fellow bimmer owners and get a few bucks back on my investment of equipment.


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Target: MK 1.5: 531 hp with h2O/methanol injection with 13-14 psi, cometic head gasket, re-mapped ECU with AEM piggyback
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:45 AM
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Warren--Are you running a Hydrogen gen on your car? How's it working out
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:14 AM
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i am looking for
Sprocket Turning Tool
Double VANOS Timing Kit tool to rent out

I just did a head gasket on my 2001 330xi and got a SES light for vanos unit..
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:45 PM
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Do you still rent BMW tools?
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:54 AM
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Can I please rent your double vanos timing kit?
I need to replace my head gasket.
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:39 AM
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I am organizing what I need to do a head Gasket

I have a 2000 323i Spt Wg and I will need these tools to do it. Also I just replaced the VC gasket and did the seals on the Dbl Vanos.

*What gaskets/seals do I need to get the job done.
Head Gasket
VANOS Gasket

How much did it cost to get the head crack tested and resurfaced?

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Old 06-29-2011, 12:19 PM
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Need dual Vanos tools badly!

Hi, I need to rent all the tools to time a dual vanos equipted z3. I need the chain jig,vanos gauge,the stiff tensioner, cam lock,crank alignment dowel. I will gladly pay ,rent and shipping,and a deposit. Thanks Jim 502-655-2304
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:12 AM
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I did my head gasket. I need to time my VANOS and camshafts. This good for both?
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:27 PM
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Hey I am not sure what I am going to do now with my Bimmer. I have an overheating problem and was sort of thinking it was the head gasket gone bad as a result. I did a compression check and it 170 to 190 across all six. I then did a radiator exhaust leak check with one of those tubes you put the blue fluid in and then hold down on the filler neck. It has a one way valve so has it warms and the air is pushed out it goes through the fluid and if it turns green then you have exhaust reidue in the water. I did it 3 times and the first time just turned a tad, the 2nd and 3rd it stayed blue. So now I do not think it is a head gasket. About 3 weeks ago the EML and the DSC lights came on and that made it not driveable at all, before I could go 30 minutes before it would overheat. I am looking at several salvage cars now, a 2000 323iT with 67000 miles and no title $1200, 1999 528iAT, 89000 miles, no damage, good title $3500. I may just buy either or and move over my wheels, sound system, cold air intake, rebuilt VANOS, new water pump and belts and whatever else. The current car has 108000 miles so I will be ahead either way and then I can sell my current car as is to whoever and I should be ahead of the game. 1st thig I will do is upgrade the pathtic cooling system they have. Back to the tools, I was never able to get Warren to reply back about this post and I really was not able to find anyone who wanted to rent the required tools. The double VANOS does not require any timing or special tools to rebuild and replace (that's what I read and I did the DR VANOS rebuild and it ran fine until the overheat thing began. So if you do have any luck finding tools let me know I might return to the 1st plan.

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