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Old 10-18-2018, 12:03 PM   #41131
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What's your thoughts on using mahle rings on m54 pistons? They're significantly less then oem bmw, but the pistons are mahle too, so what's the real difference?

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I'm not sure about Mahle rings in particular, but I know that the m54 and up pistons use a carbon coating instead of a thicker design like the m52 pistons. The m52 and before piston rings drag more and result in slightly less power, but they're also much more durable and can stand up to higher compression or boost better.

The carbon wears off and that's why there are so many E46s buring oil but not very many E36s.
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Old 10-18-2018, 01:24 PM   #41132
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5.3 with lifter tick is common. Especially if itís got the cylinder defeat system. Itís sucks and for a hp build youíll want to remove it, which is not hard to do. I had to replace the lifters twice in a year on my Saab 9-7x with the Aluminum 5.3.

Also, if you are building a motor for pure performance and donít want to go aftermarket heads, get the heads of a 5.3 in the GMT360 body (after they switched to the aluminum block in Ď06). They put the large port/large valve heads on them and flow miles better than even the car LSxĒ ones. When I parted out the motor in mine I had tons of people trying to buy the heads because of that fact..




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Are you talking about the 799 heads? You might be interested in this.
http://www.superchevy.com/how-to/eng...der-head-test/
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:34 PM   #41133
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Does anyone, in the Portland area, have a trailing arm bushing removal tool, that I can borrow for a day or two? I lent mine to someone, and they never returned it.......and of course, I realize it, just as I need to do a rear end overhaul, for a customer. Annoying.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:24 PM   #41134
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Just applied to graduate today (spring 2019).

I'll be out in 4 at least, I haven't really enjoyed school
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Old 10-19-2018, 04:38 PM   #41135
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Just applied to graduate today (spring 2019).

I'll be out in 4 at least, I haven't really enjoyed school
I hate school, im probably 2 more semesters from graduating.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:35 PM   #41136
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Life after school wasn't all that awesome, either...

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Old 10-20-2018, 05:04 PM   #41137
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Life after school wasn't all that awesome, either...

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Yup just sucks more and more.

I just couldn't resist picking up another m54b30 rotating assembly.

Worked from midnight to 8am, then headed to pick and pull at 10, pulled assembly and now I'm gonna sleep.

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Old 10-20-2018, 05:19 PM   #41138
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Did we just become best friends? It's like you're in my head, or something.
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Old 10-20-2018, 06:20 PM   #41139
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Aint this the truth.....
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Old 10-20-2018, 06:26 PM   #41140
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Just applied to graduate today (spring 2019).

I'll be out in 4 at least, I haven't really enjoyed school
Congrats! Were you were a Freshman when I bought your car? Time flies. Did you stick with architecture?
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:07 PM   #41141
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I've honestly enjoyed most of the work I've done over school, problem is I never have money while at classes.

I hated the porter job the most, Working at the Planner company was actually easy and really chill. Made way above minimum wage to sit there and type all day.
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:14 AM   #41142
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Did we just become best friends? It's like you're in my head, or something.
Uh- oh. That may explain why I'm not in my OWN very often, these days.

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Old 10-22-2018, 11:17 AM   #41143
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I have an extremely clean black comfort interior for sale if anyone local is looking for one
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Old 10-22-2018, 11:26 AM   #41144
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I have an extremely clean black comfort interior for sale if anyone local is looking for one
Trade you for a natur sport interior
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Old 10-22-2018, 11:27 AM   #41145
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Congrats! Were you were a Freshman when I bought your car? Time flies. Did you stick with architecture?
Yup haha, I believe that was fall of my freshman year. Still the only e30 I miss. Recently bought a Carrera along with my brother, yours was inspiring.

Majoring in environmental science and terrestrial resource management now. I should be able to make a decent career out of it.
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