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Old 06-22-2010, 12:25 PM   #796
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Have the magnaflows held up? I put in a pair of magnaflows and they melted in my 540i. I had to replace them again just before I sold it.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:18 PM   #797
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The first set didn't last, but I had done nothing about the intake leaks. After that set went, I got new cats, and did the intake manifold gaskets, et al. I got the CARB-certified ones both times. So far, so good (touch wood).
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:38 PM   #798
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When it comes to parts, I can be a bit anal about stuff like this. I'd want the cats to be OEM and looking stock if possible. I'd hate to just buy aftermarket cats and weld them.

And +1 on something failing cats. What else needs to be changed when tackling intake manifold gaskets?
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:53 PM   #799
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. I'd want the cats to be OEM and looking stock if possible. I'd hate to just buy aftermarket cats and weld them.
Stock ones are welded too. You'd be looking at around 8 times the price if you go OEM, with no added benefit. Personally for something like cats, I'd go with the cheapest that works, there's no benefit otherwise.
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:36 AM   #800
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When it comes to parts, I can be a bit anal about stuff like this. I'd want the cats to be OEM and looking stock if possible. I'd hate to just buy aftermarket cats and weld them.

And +1 on something failing cats. What else needs to be changed when tackling intake manifold gaskets?
I can be wise to change the valley pan gaskets on a V8, but this is a severe PITA job due to the water manifold on the back of the block. With my bug hands I had to do this blind, and I couldn't get a torque wrench back there. It's held fine, however.

It's a good chance to get the heater lines in back of the engine as well.

Drain the coolant before doing these two -- not doing so made the work on mine extremely messy, with coolant EVERYWHERE.

While the intake's off, it's wise to do the CCV and related gaskets, as well as the throttle body gaskets -- mine were rock hard and very brittle.

I used this guide, which was very helpful:
http://members.cox.net/rlacm/IntakeIndex.htm

As for using OEM cats, BMW quoted me $1400 each for remanufactured cats. That's garbage, and there's no guarantee they'll last longer than anything else. Buy the Magnaflows.
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:26 AM   #801
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Yeah, I'm not looking forward to the valley pan...though I will be doing the VCG's on both sides and the upper timing chain covers in the next month. The car isnt' leaking anymore but it has and will again.
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:22 PM   #802
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Good point guys, but I'd never buy new cats from dealer, no matter what car.

Philboski, I've seen that tutorial, and yes, it does look to be a PITA. How much woul the CCV and all those various hoses and gasket run?
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Old 06-24-2010, 08:31 AM   #803
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They ran me about $450 all in, IIRC. There are some parts in the list on that tutorial that I didn't need, like the valve cover gaskets.
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:50 PM   #804
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Attention Carjoe:

http://www.usedottawa.com/classified...-528-_12410246
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:38 PM   #805
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Got mine already...
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:41 AM   #806
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I dig those types of steering wheels, but it would be very hard to give up the heated wheel in my car. It's awfully nice on a cold winter's day....
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:29 AM   #807
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I'll be swapping it back if I feel it's a necessity. No big deal. Probably even easier on your car with the single stage...
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:20 PM   #808
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This makes me want to give my leased car back and buy this.

http://ottawa.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehic...dIdZ215638986#

Love this pic included in the ad (judging the kms on the car at the time the picture was taken, it was on the Autobahn)

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Old 07-06-2010, 12:24 PM   #809
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Awesome. and so damn sexy. the only thing is it would be nicer with black interior, or something from the "individual" line. But barring that, yes I agree you should probably get that.
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Old 07-06-2010, 02:03 PM   #810
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Wow. That's the second one for sale this Summer...so pretty. :drool
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