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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-11-2014, 04:14 PM
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more m52 timing confusion - use bentley or pelican?

I have looked at both multiple times. Watched video's and am still confused. It seems that bentley and pelican have the exhaust cam going on in different alignments. One says all the way to the left, the other in the center after the temp tensioner is in. I have two attachments that show what I mean. Only thing I can think of is that they both end up the same. Am I wrong about that? Would not be the first time, that's for sure. I just do not want to screw this step up.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:51 PM
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The difference is Bentley has the chain tensioner tool installed which as you "preload" the chain to remove the slack the sprocket will turn counter clockwise on the cam shaft causing the elongated holes to be centered with the bolt holes. If I remember pelican doesn't have you do this untill latter. Both in the end will achieve the same results.
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:01 PM
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many thanks. I can now go forward and hopefully not get this stumped again.
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:36 PM
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+100 hope you follow all the directions step by step. You will be very pleased with the results. It took me 2 attempts to get it right. The 1st time I did not use a chain tensioner. Because it was not noted on the DIY from pelican parts. I use my Bentley Manuel on my second attempt and used a chain tensioner everything was perfect.

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Old 07-11-2014, 10:56 PM
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Dunno if it helps, but I typed /timing chain f3 in the bestlinks and these popped up:
- How to replace the timing chain tensioner and rail guide on the I6 (1) & on the M62 (1) & on the M62TU (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to make your own BMW upper timing chain locking tool (1)
Please read the suggested threads, where the best always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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