Valve adjustment DIY

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  1. 20 Jun 2018 at 11:02 PM #1
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    I used the Wiseco VSK4 shim kit when I done mine a few months back. I ended up buying two kits as you only get 3 sizes of each sim, 23 different sizes and didn't want to risk being short on a particular size.
     
  3. 21 Jun 2018 at 8:23 AM #3
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    Looks good to me.
     
  4. 21 Jun 2018 at 8:27 AM #4
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    Size is right, I also used the Wiseco kit. Managed to get it from america on offer for about £33 and didn't get hit with taxes :)
     
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    I would only buy one kit till u take the cover off and start checking u might only need a few and be able to swap some about.
    Think i only used 3 new ones from the kit when i last done mine.
     
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    I also used the wiseco ones, again 2 sets as I ended up needing 6 of the same size shim.
     
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    Sure, but if you need more then you’re out of action for a week while the second set comes from the US
     
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    You are also out of pocket if u buy 2 or 3 sets and only need a few shims.
    The hot cams set on ebay dont take long to arrive.
    Can also be ordered individual from the dealers.
     
  10. 21 Jun 2018 at 8:48 PM #10
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    Yep sizes they tend to be in groups , from original installation :thumbsup:
     
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    I bought one set of wiseco and then figured if needed a 1 or 2 more shims I would just order them from BMW.
     
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    when you do this job do you feel any benefit driving wise
     
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    For the price of the Wiseco kits VS the OEM BMW shims, does it really matter ? Im from Australia, it cost me about 100ish dollars for the two Wiseco kits delivered vs the 600 + for the BMW ones.

    Also you'll have them for the next round of valve adjustments.

    Just my thoughts.
     
  14. 22 Jun 2018 at 6:20 AM #14
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    Just piece of mind that your valves are not getting over heated due to excessively tight clearance
     
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    The engine runs quieter and smoother, especially noticeable at 6-8k rpm, and I'm sure there's a slight increase in performance.
     
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    They would want to be all severely out of whack to notice anything. Changing a shim or two is just a placebo effect
     
  17. 22 Jun 2018 at 9:07 AM #17
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    Way way to much of a hang up regarding shims,, and paying hundreds of pounds having them done. Feeling the need of a stamp in the book, I’m not saying don’t do them,, most would find very minimal adjustments needed,, unless someone previously did a crap job ,, :eek:
     
  18. 22 Jun 2018 at 9:40 AM #18
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    At my first inspection service owning this car, when it had roughly 100k miles, Redish changed 16 out of the 24 shims. It made a big difference!

    It had probably never been done, despite the BMW stamps in the service book.
     
  19. 22 Jun 2018 at 10:25 AM #19
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    My M3 came back from it's Insp 2 a lot quieter from the valvetrain, and fuel economy was improved - I didn't ask specifically how many they changed though, I think it was quite a few. I can't think what else would improve FE after an insp.2 (new air filter will help)

    I'm sure the car is generally smoother but it might be the placebo effect of spending a lot on the car in one go :eek:
     
  20. 22 Jun 2018 at 11:01 AM #20
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    Air filter, spark plugs, fuel filter - all will have played a part no doubt. But that being said I did my own valve clearances and 6 needed changing. It sounded very slightly better.. It still needs doing even if there's no noticeable difference.
     

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