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Old 09-26-2009, 09:07 PM   #406
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Chain tensioner? Done.

Thanks J, Adam and Rob!
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:58 PM   #407
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Chain tensioner? Done.

Thanks J, Adam and Rob!
Did you do it yourself?
How long did it take?
Oh and, did you change the rail guides too?
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Old 09-27-2009, 11:12 PM   #408
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E39s are still "young" enough that a tensioner change by 160k-200k km (or even more) will probably be good enough. The guides/rails don't deteriorate badly unless they are subjected to lots of heat cycles and lots of milaeage, or pure age. If the tensioner gets weak, the deterioration will accelerate, so swapping it for a new one is a good idea, and a fairly easy job. Doing the chain guides and or the sprockets and chain itself is not a trivial job.

Don't freak out by the stuff on various forums talking about chain/guide issues. It's not as common as it might appear because it gets reported on the internets. If the car is properly maintained (and that means oil changes at a more realistic interval than the computer will tell you) you'll probably have no problems. Even if it is only maintained at the dealer intervals, it shouldn't be trouble unless someone was in the habit of taking it to Jiffy Lube and putting in oil at $1.95/L.

I just had my '86 M5 opened up to do the chain components. It's much more of an issue on a 20+ year old car. Despite some evidence of missed service intervals when things were opened up, most of the guides showed little wear. The only real problems were the lower sprocket and the return guide. That's on a car with a single-row timing chain and a high-revving ///M engine. The M62 should be a lot better off.
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:28 AM   #409
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Chain tensioner is a 30 minute job.

Rail guides don't get done unless they've exploded. That's an all week project and not a maintenance item like a tensioner.
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:05 AM   #410
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I had the guide rails go. It is unpleasant both timewise, and financially. Replacing the tensioner *should* help, though I do not claim to be an expert.

Adam, what ramps do you have? I just have the old stamped-steel red ones you used to be able to get at CT and the like.
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:13 AM   #411
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Home made wooden ones. Solidly built.
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Hey Adam,

Where did you say to grab a new MAF? Most places are over $300 except EACtuning.com-OEM Bosch for $175.
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:41 AM   #413
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Hey Adam,

Where did you say to grab a new MAF? Most places are over $300 except EACtuning.com-OEM Bosch for $175.
Get cool parts. $155 for OEM Bosch
http://getcoolparts.com/item.wws?sku...ch&weight=0.82
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:05 PM   #414
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Awesome. "audi" coupon code gets 5% off too.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:46 PM   #415
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Home made wooden ones. Solidly built.
Bear style? (Sorry bear, had to LOL)
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:10 PM   #416
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OH MY LORD I LIKE THIS

http://ottawa.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehic...AdIdZ159032745
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:12 PM   #417
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Minus the Decals/stripes and with different wheels, it would be nice.
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Is it turbo in any way other than the badge though? It's clearly a big-bumper NA-spec car with an Alpina sticker set. The gauge on the dash looks like a boost gauge. No engine compartment shots.

I like the 4-speed shift gate pattern on the dash. I wonder if it's still the original 4-speed trans.

It's a nice E12 from the look of the pics, though they can be deceiving.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:27 AM   #419
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I love the E28s myself. Little motor swap, M5 body kit, rims....

http://www.usedottawa.com/classified-ad/10110066
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:34 PM   #420
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I love the E28s myself. Little motor swap, M5 body kit, rims....

http://www.usedottawa.com/classified-ad/10110066
That has the super eta motor too. TURBO.
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