3) At a shop I'd expect to pay $1500-2000. Internet is full of rod bearings. But to my delight Ben helped with no quibbles. Whether its a design failure or intentional, the S54 has a very well documented history of consuming rod bearings at a rate faster than desired. Hack Engineering Engine Assembly Lubricant. Detailed Service Action repair instructions can be found on the CD ROM "SIP S54 Connecting Rod Bearings Replacement", which was included in the Oil Pump Kit with Connecting Rod Bearings (p/n 11 41 0 301 359) used for the previous M3 Engine Campaign 356 (SI B11 02 03). This motor is the flagship of series M54 (which included M54B22, M54B25 and M54B30). Why not add a bottle of Hack Engineering Engine Assembly Lubricant to protect your new bearings on first start up? This service will include replacement of modified specification shells as a precautionary measure. We are an independent BMW, Audi, Porsche and Mini specialist based in King's Lynn. Rod Bearing Replacement Service. BMW M5 & M6 (S85) before damage or failure will be £2,400. For another engine it might be the rod or the cylinder wall, or something else. Most commonly seen on the S54, S65, S85 and even the newer N55 engines with less than 100k miles, rod bearing failure is preventable. This even includes S54’s produced after May 22, 2003, which should not have been problematic. BMW S54 engine reliability, problems and repair. Ben is very knowledgable when it comes to the S54 engine. BMW S54 Connecting Rod Bearing Replacement INTRODUCTION The S54 engine is a masterpiece of engineering and technology! I also have to say that Ben was extremely helpful and supportive throughout the process. A Reeve can offer you everything a main dealer can, with much more in between, at extremely competitive prices. Unfortunately, replacing rod bearings can cost well over $2,000 at a repair shop. BMW Rod Bearings BMW Rod Bearings – M3, M5, M6 Just about every BMW Enthusiast knows about the infamous premature Failure of rod bearings in the S54 I6, S85 V10, and S65 V8. Without a doubt this has transformed the driving experience. Engine mounts are removed to drop the oil pan so it’s a perfect time to replace worn or leaking mounts without any additional labor cost. pMax Black together with the XP geometric features are the ideal combination for performance racing. Ben is very friendly and is always willing to make time for you and never makes you feel unwelcome. As we could see from the service records on our car, it did indeed receive new rod bearings when the odometer read 50,000 km, but some 250,000 km later how would they … Fantastic service from Ben. Engine Rebuild Service. Replacing the rod bearings requires mechanical knowledge and skill, a clean workspace, and several specialist tools. We pride ourselves in having all the latest equipment to carry out everything your vehicle requires. I am astounded by the difference. 2) Yes it's a real issue, all S54s will need them. I left some parts there and Alex made sure they were left for me to collect most people wouldn't care but I feel they are genuinely good guy and a great company with staff like that they are amazing like gold you don't find people like them in the automotive industry I would recommend this company to everyone they will look after you, I have replaced the SMG motor onmy E46 M3. I did this purely for preventative reasons. I had a bizarre situation and fully expected to get nothing or have an uphill battle. To combat these failures, we have put together an upgrade package to virtually bulletproof your S54’s bottom end. It takes approximately 15 minutes to review the content of the CD. Hack Engineering © 2021. Unfortunately it is also known to suffer from premature rod bearing wear which, if left untreated, can lead to engine failure. We have put together a rod bearing service package based on our experience of what works in our shop. These bearings replace the factory BMW rod bearings. upgrade parts for my M3 from Hack Engineering and the quality and build to their parts is second to none. Bearing Eccentricity: BMW Factory 439/440 rod bearings BE Bearings Production and Composition. LINKS BELOWMost enthusiasts know and love the high strung inline six that powers the famous E46 M3. ACL’s race-series rod bearing shells reduce friction, maximising your engines life and power. All Rights Reserved. Rod bearings should not see any crank contact in a theoretical scenario but the s54 is a high revving engine which exerts serious output per 1000cc. s54 rod vs main bearings. People like to compare this to motorbike engines that do way more and have no bearing failure but its not comparable because how many miles does a bike engine do compared to a guy in an m3. We offer all levels of work, from minor work to full race car builds and track support. Please choose year from the drop-down box as early S54 engines use M11 rod bolts, If you have any questions please call us on 01553 764600, Address: A Reeve, Hardwick Commercial Park, Oldmedow Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4JJ, xHP TCU Software BMW 6/8 Speed Auto & 7 Speed DCT, SCHRICK DLC COATED FOLLOWERS/ROCKERS (BMW S54), BMW E46 M3 2000-2006 do88 Performance Aluminium Radiator, ESS E46 M3 VT1-475 Supercharger System Gen.3, HEL Braided Vanos Oil Supply Line Pipe Hose For BMW E46 M3 S54. Well worth the investment. The original BMW bearings have too little clearance, which leads to premature bearing wear and can cause early engine failure. That's a much bigger job than only replacing the rod bearings it seems. Tags: s54 rod bearing shells; Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 Next > 16 May 2017 at 10:06 AM #1. bmw addict On the path. Even engines with the rod bearing recall are not safe from these failures. Thanks Ben, appreciate your help.. Great company when it comes to all things BMW (or if your upgrading certain parts to your BMW). They have been known to fail as early as 60,000 Miles which is why we encourage a preventative measure of replacement to our client. PLEASE NOTE that due to a suspected technical issue with the latest batch of STD size bearings, these are currently unavailable. BMW E46 M3 S54 Conrod Bearing & Bolt Replacement. S54 Packages start at $1299. Now in E46 M3 install only S54. S85 Packages Start at $2500. Nothing much on mains. The bearings feature pMax Black, a unique tri-metal structure that is 24% harder than any other conventional tri-metal race bearing. The rod bearings apparently are a concern but how do you know if main bearings require replacement too ? That’s because the S54 M3 engine is plagued by rod bearing wear issues, so much so that there was a recall from BMW to replace the bearings on early (’01 to mid ’03 model year) E46 M3s like ours. Image not of actual product. Bearing material is traditional lead and copper so oil analysis can be used to track future rod bearing wear. 66362 08-17-2005 08-20-2005 n/a 20,144 0011950100 sib #11-04-04 lbl code 422 m3 s54 conn rod bearing on e46 m3". BMW M3 (S65) before engine damage or failure will be £2,200. BMW E46 M3 Conrod Bearings. Rod Bearing Service Kit - BMW S54 2001-2003 M3. 1) I would say either just plan to replace them every 100k miles, or start doing oil analyses at 100k and expect to replace them at any point within the next 100k. S65 Packages Start at $2,100. The factory eventually addressed the issue with a rod replacement, but they left room on the table for a better bearing solution. Discussion in 'E46 M3 (2001-2006)' started by bmw addict, May 16, 2017. Our preferred procedure is to leave the engine in the car but remove the front subframe. If you could just pop your hood and look at the rod bearings, you could look to see how they are doing and look for other signs of wear. I true testament to the industry, also even for being a specialist don't be put off as the pricing is very competitive as well. S54 Rod Bearing Shells replacement cost. Priced per engine set. Highly recommended, Got a vanos disc machined from them but the one thing I have to stress is how helpful ben and Alex are I would have, full confidence going to this place for more parts or even work. Replacing recall connecting rod bearings with WPC coated version. He isn’t just selling a product he knows nothing about, knows his stuff and is happy to. A four wheel alignment is also included. Please see our ACL bearing kits instead. A common issue on the BMW S54 engine as used in the E46 M3, Z3 & Z4M,  when not replaced over time the bearing wears away and can lead to costly engine repairs. A rod bearing replacement service is not cheap, BUT it’s 10X’s less expensive than replacing your entire S54, S65 or S85 engine. Thanks once again and I’m sure I’ll be back for more stuff ?? Furthermore, the factory BMW bearings are made from tin-aluminum which are 5-times harder than a softer lead-copper bearing design. Manufacturer: Clevite Composition: Trimetal lead/copper Coating: Clevite TriArmor® Part Number: SP1527HK Target Market: Extra clearance OEM replacement BE Bearings are a full custom rod bearing designed and manufactured by Clevite. During our work we always change the following items: Conrod Bearing Shells x12 (Uppers x6, Lowers x6) Conrod Bolts x12; Plastigauge measure all clearances of old bearings and then new bearings (12x measurements) Genuine BMW Sump Gasket; Genuine BMW Sump Sieve Gasket We have performed many Rod bearing replacements on the entire lineup of BMW engines, and would be happy to quote you today on this service for your M3, M5, M6. With a great machineshop to complete, Great service, friendly and very helpful. All manufacturer warranties are maintained. The rod bearing replacement procedure includes fully draining and replacing the engine oil and filter, power steering fluid, and coolant. https://www.hackengineering.co.uk/product/king-racing-big-end-bearings-s54 Also, my M3 is running much better now! Name of the game with high revving motors. Unfortunately, the S54 used in E46 M3 and MZ3/4 cars was released with a rod bearing problem in earlier 2001-2003 model years, which often leads to failure. Is this the entry that means my car has been repaired per the recall ? New S54 inline-6 based on the European version BMW S50B32.Cast-iron cylinder … As they won’t be able to compete on value. Purchased a few Vanos. Excellent service with expert knowledge about my cylinder head and engine block. Service Action: E46 M3 S54 Connecting Rod Bearings Replacement MODEL E46: M3 coupe/convertible with S54B32 produced from 02/12/2001 up to 05/22/2003 SITUATION The connecting rod bearings installed in M3 coupe/convertible vehicles produced from February 2001 through May 2003 were not manufactured to BMW quality standards. Thanks HackEngineering! Available in standard size and ‘STD-X’ with additional oil clearance, as well as 0.025mm and 0.25mm oversizes. I’m not interested in even looking if I can get anything elsewhere cheaper. Our replacement service … The engine must be supported from above with an engine brace. The XP series is a line of bearings with advanced metallurgical and geometric technologies that meet extreme performance loads. Again, most of the problematic rod bearing should have failed or been replaced by now. For over 10 years, A Reeve Performance has supplied servicing, repairs and MOTs to all makes and models of vehicles. However, there are still reports of other rod bearing failures. BMW E46 M3 S54 3.2L Connecting Rod - Bearing BE Bearings Performance Rod Bearing Replacement Kit Includes everything needed for a rod bearing service, featuring BE Bearings upgraded rod bearings and ARP connecting rod bolts. Please use this form to enter your details and we’ll provide a price for fitting. All of our technicians are fully trained and very experienced in all aspects of road/performance and race technology. This kit includes an ACL rod bearing that is tried and true. this has made; The car primes almost instantly without waiting. advise accordingly. King Racing XP Series big-end (connecting-rod) bearings for the BMW S54B32 engine. Rod Bearing Replacement Many ///M engines have rod bearings that are becoming a “wear and replace” item similar to brakes or clutches. There are several factors which contribute to this issue including the bearing material Customer service line very helpful and friendly. For the S54 this is the rod bearing. The pump is quieter, smoother and gear changes are quicker. Neither the motor for North America not for Europe used in this model. How to know if you need to replace the rod bearings in your BMW? An excellent company to go to for anything BMW related, really helpful and know exactly what they are talking about. In 2000 there was next BMW M3 in E46 body. RRT in Dulles, VA were nice enough to come in on Sat morning on Labor Day weekend no less to do the work for me. They kept in contact with me when I sent parts off for them to be refurbed/upgraded and even when sending the parts back, again, kept me up to date with how things were going and when I'd expect delivery. Joined: Apr 5, 2017 Messages: 117 Likes Received: 0 Trophy Points: 16 Location: … Our inclusive Uprated Rod bearing replacement, A common issue on the BMW S54 engine as used in the E46 M3, Z3 & Z4M, when not replaced over time the bearing wears away and can lead to costly engine repairs. Faultless service. 59K Rod Bearings Replacement Since I have multiple upcoming track days including one tomorrow at Watkins Glen, I did not want to risk the motor and decided to get them replaced again. Of the problematic rod bearing should have failed or been replaced by now,... 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