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BMW E46 Rod Bearings

BMW E46 Rod Bearings Rod bearings continue to be a sore subject among M3, M5, and M6 owners. The rod bearings in the S54 I6, S85 V10, and S65 V8 have been known to fail within 60,000 miles. There could be a number of reasons for premature failure with a lot of finger-pointing as to the real cause. Whatever the reason, rod bearings are wearing out sooner than expected and their replacement should be considered a required preventative maintenance item. We suggest a replacement interval of between 60,000-80,000 miles with frequent engine oil analysis done along the way. Driving moderately and allowing the engine to warm up before hard use will also extend rod bearing life. Our rod bearings and overhaul kits are developed with input from our own service department and we offer everything needed to replace the bearings. In most cases removing the subframe, and supporting the engine from above, is the best method to access the bearings. Professional installation or previous experience is very strongly recommended.
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E46 M3, Z4M WPC Treated S54 Rod Bearings (Set)

What's better than using Original BMW connecting rod bearings in your next engine build? WPC-treated OEM bearings! 

What is WPC, you ask? WPC is a surface treatment that reduces friction and adds strength - two improvements that benefit internal engine components. Ultra-fine particles are fired at the surface at very high speeds, like shot-peening - but much, much smaller. The parts come out smoother and stronger due to thermal discharge. The two largest enemies of any high-performance engine are heat and friction - and WPC has found a way to reduce both. What are you waiting for? Use WPC-treated bearings on your next engine build or rod bearing service!

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Part #: 1124783543KT9TMS
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 BE Bearings Connecting Rod Bearing Upgrade Set - BMW S54

Designed and manufactured by Clevite to BE Bearing specifications.

These bearings replace the factory BMW rod bearings. The original BMW bearings have too little clearance, which leads to premature bearing wear and can cause early engine failure.  Furthermore, the factory BMW bearings are made from tin-aluminum which are 5-times harder than a softer lead-copper bearing design. A softer bearing is better for your engine and more tolerant of foreign particles suspended in your oil.

These BE Bearings feature a state-of-the-art Clevite Tri-Metal design with the Clevite Tri-Armor(tm) coating.

  • Lead-copper design for greater durability and easy tracking with oil analysis like Blackstone (recommended).
  • Designed with extra clearance to "fix" the BMW rod bearing design flaw.
  • Designed for use with factory 10W60 weight oils.
  • Tri-Armor coated for low conditions during cold start
  • Ideal for start-stop vehicles
  • Applicable for BMW engines S54
  • Standard size
  • Sold as complete set (6-cylinders)

Fits the following BMWs:
2002-2006 E46 BMW M3 S54
2002-2003 Z3 BMW M Coupe, M Roadster S54
2006-2008 Z4 BMW M Coupe, M Roadster S54

BE Bearings
Part #: SP1534HKSTDS54
Price: $399.00 (USD) 
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E46 M3 Rod Bearing Overhaul Kit Replacing the rod bearings requires mechanical knowledge and skill, a clean workspace, and several specialist tools. Our preferred procedure is to leave the engine in the car but remove the front subframe. The engine must be supported from above with an engine brace. Removing the front subframe involves disconnecting the control arms and steering rack and steering column. The oil pan can then be removed and you can access the connecting rods and bearings. Replacing the rod bearings themselves is straightforward but patience and forethought will be extremely helpful. In addition to analyzing the severity of the rod bearing wear, the crankshaft must also be inspected closely for damage. Rod bearings that have been severely worn may have damaged the crankshaft (requiring replacement or machining).Replacing the rod bearings requires mechanical knowledge and skill, a clean workspace, and several specialist tools. Our preferred procedure is to leave the engine in the car but remove the front subframe. The engine must be supported from above with an engine brace. Removing the front subframe involves disconnecting the control arms and steering rack and steering column. The oil pan can then be removed and you can access the connecting rods and bearings. Replacing the rod bearings themselves is straightforward but patience and forethought will be extremely helpful. In addition to analyzing the severity of the rod bearing wear, the crankshaft must also be inspected closely for damage. Rod bearings that have been severely worn may have damaged the crankshaft (requiring replacement or machining).
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Part #: S54RBPDK
Price: $839.71 (USD) 
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