Cheap cheap cheap shim kit??? is this for real?

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  1. 19 May 2017 at 7:21 AM #1
    Funkyflynz

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    Been looking at checking my clearances when i do my inspection 2, but the BMW kit is about %500 new zealand dollars!! but I've since come across this kit...

    https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-s54-valve-adjustment-shim-kit-wiseco-vsk4

    its only $100. i know Wisco is a good company from my days wrenching on old V8's.

    Has anyone used this kit?
     
  2. 19 May 2017 at 8:10 AM #2
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    Yes I have some Wiseco shims in mine, no issue's with them.
     
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    Any local source for these?
     
  4. 19 Sep 2017 at 4:03 PM #4
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    I've got a brand new sealed wiseco VSK4 kit going spare. I bought 2 kits but only needed one. It's got 3 of every sized shim available in 0.04mm increments. Keep meaning to put it in the for sale section!
     
  5. 19 Sep 2017 at 8:40 PM #5
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    I've heard a few have used these
     
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    I used the Wiseco kit, was absolutely spot on. Pretty sure I paid about £40 for them inc' shipping from America to UK.

    Buy the tool from BMW at £20 and a set of feeler gauges for a fiver. Nice easy job if you take your time and concentrate!

    Rocker cover gasket probably run you about £40-50 too. Not bad for £100 and the tools to do it again if you wanted..
     
  7. 20 Sep 2017 at 12:36 PM #7
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    TerryFolev and SmokyBear, you have PM's. :thumbsup:

    The cheapest I've seen them is £50 from the states but there's a good chance of getting clobbered for import duty or vat etc. And they'd probably take a couple of weeks to get here! I paid £100 for 2 kits plus delivery from a member on here. At the time I did my homework and agreed that was a fair price. :thumbsup:
     
  8. 20 Sep 2017 at 12:46 PM #8
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    Just checked my purchase history, it worked out at £31 that I paid. Thy did take around 3 weeks to arrive and I didn't get stung with any import fees! I bought them about 2 months ago so it was pretty recent too!
     
  10. 16 Nov 2017 at 11:45 PM #10
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  11. 22 Nov 2017 at 11:39 PM #11
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    My opinion if just for your own car is it’s pointless spending £60 on a kit. Quite often you will be able to use out of spec shims in other valves, I managed to do that with 6 of my 9 shims so I only needed to buy 3 which local dealer sold me from their own kit for about £3.
     
  12. 23 Nov 2017 at 7:52 AM #12
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    I bought a kit for £31 - for that money it isn’t worth waiting around, measuring your shims then waiting for the dealer to order them in!
     
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