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Old 12-20-2010, 06:23 PM
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Is there a bottom line on S54 rod bearings?

I figured I'd make a thread, rather than jack the good S54 valve shim thread already ongoing.

I noticed in the discussion about valve shim adjustments that replacing rod bearings on the S54 came up. Having owned an E46 M3, I had heard about the recall issue, but to date, I had not heard anything about pre-emptive rod bearing replacement in later S54s.

Why and when is this necessary? Looking for some comments.
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Old 12-20-2010, 07:38 PM
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I think there was a bad supply of rod bearings that got into the first year or so of S54 engines. BMW also changed the recommended oil from 5w30 to the 10w60. I have not heard of any other rod bearing issues on S54 engines since then--despite the fact that these engines see a lot of track time.
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Was the recommendation from 5w30 to 10w60 directly related to more rod bearing clearance? Were they spinning bearings prior to this?
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:53 PM
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Was the recommendation from 5w30 to 10w60 directly related to more rod bearing clearance? Were they spinning bearings prior to this?
Oil was changed 6/2001.
The fix on the E46 M3 was from 05/23/2003.
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It was brought up in the other thread because Pal mentioned high lead readings (oil analysis) after track days.

To date, I've only swapped out the bearing inserts on S-54s in the Z3/M cars, but maybe I can talk Pal into some preventitive maintenance...

I'll probably coat this stack of bearings tomorrow (two__2__sets already spoken for):



Last batch was mostly Healey bearings:



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It was brought up in the other thread because Pal mentioned high lead readings (oil analysis) after track days.

To date, I've only swapped out the bearing inserts on S-54s in the Z3/M cars, but maybe I can talk Pal into some preventitive maintenance...

I'll probably coat this stack of bearings tomorrow (two__2__sets already spoken for):
Last time I saw a nice full set of rod bearings was when we changed them on an old '65 Ford Galaxie 390.

I wondered about pal's car, where the concern was coming from - I kind of deduced that it was from an oil analysis. Is increased lead specific to rod bearing wear?

So, this brings up a few more questions - I thought it was always best to change rod bearings and the crank at the same time - doing just the bearings, do you have to worry about differing wear surfaces between new bearings and the crank journals? What's the "break in" period like (duration, limits) when doing a bearing swap?

And finally, what's the coating above? How thick and how applied? Very nice work there.
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