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      02-07-2014, 02:41 PM   #1
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DIY Head replacement....

Wondering why i can't find any head replacement DIYs or if there just isnt one.
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I think you can save yours by changing the lifter(s)
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how do you propose i change the lifter without taking the head off....
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the lifters install from the top side of the head. you should only have to remove parts of the valvetronic and the valvetrain, not the head itself.
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Wondering why i can't find any head replacement DIYs or if there just isnt one.
Try pelican DIY they might have something
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Geez man if your going to do this at least pay $80-90 for the Bentley Manual on amazon, btw I looked at that procedure, and saw lots and lots of (BMW Special Tool XXX required) probably because of the complex VANOS.
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Here's a link to the BMW shop manual. It's not intuitive but it has the entire procedure to remove/replace the lifters. The BMW shop manual is not descriptive since it takes into account that you are a trained tech, I actually have the cheap haynes (autozone) manual and it's a lot more descriptive and easy to understand.

http://workshop-manuals.com/bmw/

I haven't replaced my lifters but I need to, so I've done a bit of research. You need to remove the exhaust cam to access the lifters, to do this you need a couple of special tools that keep the number 1 piston in TDC and the crankshaft locked while you are servicing the head. You need another special tool re-install the exhaust camshaft so it's seated correctly on the bearing guides. You can get these tools but all in all they'll cost around $500 in total. BMW changed the head design to provide better oil lubrication in the lifters (I think cars 2010 and up have this new head revision). Buying a used head from an lci is the easiest way to go.
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