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      04-29-2014, 08:54 AM   #45
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Getting this done as we speak at Phi's shop (along with an oil filter gasket thanks Phi ), took some pics will update later, bump for a sweet deal
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      04-29-2014, 10:10 AM   #46
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Any plans of a group buy event? A slight discount and an opportunity to meet up with my fellow carbon-filled members would be nice.
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      04-29-2014, 12:55 PM   #47
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I talked with him a few months back. Doesn't have the space to host one, and can only do one car at a time.
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      04-29-2014, 02:04 PM   #48
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How long does it take to do this from start to finish?
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      04-29-2014, 02:58 PM   #49
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3-3:30 hours
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      04-29-2014, 08:30 PM   #50
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Yeah, I would love to do a event . But due to the space of parking and collision work being done, I'm only able to do one car at a time by appointment.
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      04-30-2014, 08:31 PM   #51
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Pics from this week's blasting

Trying to post pics, let's see if this works...

First couple are BEFORE shots and the last 4 are AFTER shots (if you can't tell which is which then there is something clearly wrong with you )

This is after 80,000 miles, never did a blasting before, the valves were absolutely caked. Phi said he had to go over some of them 2 or 3 times. Feel free to talk cr@p about how bad they were Phi .

Seriously thinking about investing in an OCC to reduce the amount of buildup at least.
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      04-30-2014, 09:11 PM   #52
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Looks like quite the difference. Did you notice any differences with the cars performance?
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      04-30-2014, 09:22 PM   #53
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Looks like quite the difference. Did you notice any differences with the cars performance?
Yeah for sure. I had rough idles when I was stopped - those are non existent now. Also, when I was switching from 3rd to 4th, 4th would feel a little rough at low RPMs - now it just feels so much smoother.
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      04-30-2014, 09:33 PM   #54
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I really need to get this done
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      05-01-2014, 07:30 AM   #55
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Pretty incredible that BMW released an engine with a problem this bad, refuses to publicly acknowledge that it's an issue, won't cover it under warranty, and then allows dealers to charge $1,000+ for the cleaning.
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      05-19-2014, 12:38 PM   #56
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Had this done by RsPhi this past weekend and wow what a difference.

bump for a good guy and great price!
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      06-10-2014, 08:47 PM   #57
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bump!
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      06-11-2014, 07:56 AM   #58
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I've heard the process for the N55 is much more difficult and that there are little benefits

Have you guys performed this procedure on one? I am at 51k and would like to get more info
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      06-11-2014, 03:51 PM   #59
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We haven't gotten any N55's in yet, procedure shouldn't be that much more difficult. But the N55's have a well worked out PCV system. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=717303

This guy has about 48k~ you can see the top of the valve isn't as caked up as n54 valves would be.
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      06-12-2014, 12:11 PM   #60
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Re: Pretty incredible that BMW released an engine with a problem this bad, refuses to publicly acknowledge that it's an issue, won't cover it under warranty, and then allows dealers to charge $1,000+ for the cleaning.


My first BMW car - a '78 530i required the walnut shell blasting for the same
reasons noted above.

so - that was for a BMW manufactured 36 years ago...


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      06-13-2014, 10:37 AM   #61
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My car idles like crap most of the time. On a couple of occasions I've left the car running while going in to a store or the house and I'd come back out and the car would be misfiring and chugging - one time throwing a code that went away on restart . I'm under warranty and going to see if they'll perform this procedure for me next time I'm at the dealer.
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      06-17-2014, 08:54 AM   #62
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Great price. I definitely need to schedule this.
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      07-16-2014, 08:03 PM   #63
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Another satisfied customer. Phi's price and quality were well worth the drive. The job was done for almost 1/2 the price of my local indy shop and done in 1/2 the time.
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      07-22-2014, 12:22 PM   #64
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Hello everyone! I wanted to post a few pictures of the intake valves from a N55 with 60k~ on it since there aren't many pictures of N55 valves here. You can see the build up is significantly less than what the N54s do.




This car was driven mostly highway. Hope this gives N55ers a good idea on what yours could look like.
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      07-22-2014, 12:27 PM   #65
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Hello everyone! I wanted to post a few pictures of the intake valves from a N55 with 60k~ on it since there aren't many pictures of N55 valves here. You can see the build up is significantly less than what the N54s do.




This car was driven mostly highway. Hope this gives N55ers a good idea on what yours could look like.
Any material difference in time spent on an N55 vs the N54?

I want to get this done within the year
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      07-23-2014, 10:57 AM   #66
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The procedure and time is pretty similar. they use the same intake manifold gaskets as the N54.
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