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  1. N54: Interesting. So this isn't a failure of the Index...

    Interesting. So this isn't a failure of the Index 9 injector...it's a design flaw? So even if I had a brand new Index 9 injector this would still be the case? I had not realised that...I assumed it...
  2. N54: Thanks for the additional advice. I'm a long time...

    Thanks for the additional advice. I'm a long time BMW owner so familiar with the coding process for injectors. This motor is not in a vehicle, just in the process of tearing it down and assessing its...
  3. N54: Ahh...it's getting sprayed with fuel and looks...

    Ahh...it's getting sprayed with fuel and looks like a 'typical' over rich plug...I see it now. Direct Injection requires some different in diagnostics for sure! Thanks.
  4. N54: Black dry/slightly oiled plugs thoughts?

    Plug looks fouled with oil or carbon. It's fairly dark black and sooty...not oily. This is clearly not normal , but this is my first N54 teardown so I don't know better.

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  5. N54: Thanks! That makes a lot of sense!!

    Thanks! That makes a lot of sense!!
  6. N54: Anyway to test for bad stem seals on an removed...

    Anyway to test for bad stem seals on an removed motor? I don't want to take the head off really.
  7. N54: Thanks for the input. I'm in New Zealand so...

    Thanks for the input. I'm in New Zealand so unfortunately used engines are not quite as easily available as they may be elsewhere. I picked up this 54k motor because it came complete, with turbos,...
  8. N54: Yeah I'm in no hurry to get this engine rebuilt,...

    Yeah I'm in no hurry to get this engine rebuilt, it's just if it's worth it at 54k. It seems like beyond doing the seals, rubber gaskets and maybe the big end bearings it's probably not worth a full...
  9. N54: 100%. It's going to be on an engine stand until I...

    100%. It's going to be on an engine stand until I complete the work and decide what vehicle to put it into.

    Regarding the rod bearings it sounds like a good idea. We are talking the 'big end'...
  10. N54: Thanks much appreciated. Seems the people have...

    Thanks much appreciated. Seems the people have spoken. I'll check the health of the engine and turbos. Change the rubber and keep it as is! The rebuild project can wait until it's actually needed.
  11. N54: :cool: Now you are making me doubt myself. Surely...

    :cool: Now you are making me doubt myself. Surely everything starts getting tougher above 500...cooling, oil etc etc, that's all going to need upgrading too?
  12. N54: I think 500whp would likely be the upper limit of...

    I think 500whp would likely be the upper limit of what I'd want to do in truth. This will be a weekend/fun car only so having some kind of 'not totally insane' would be sensible.

    So it looks like...
  13. N54: Thank you. Makes sense, I need to fully assess...

    Thank you. Makes sense, I need to fully assess the condition of the 54k motor, and replacing the head gasket and engine seals (main seals , gasket pans and the like) makes good sense too.

    If I do...
  14. N54: Novice rebuilder. 54k miles N54 crazy to rebuild now?

    Hi all,
    First disclaimer, I'm a very novice engine rebuilder having build a couple of small Honda K20s and a M54 a few years back. To my knowledge all 3 engines are still running well with their...
  15. I was a detailer in the UK in a 'previous life'....

    I was a detailer in the UK in a 'previous life'. No doubt the detailer did an excellent job, but 90% of the improvement in the paint is down to the machine polish/paint correction there and not the...
  16. General: Hi all, very late to the N54 party :( but got my...

    Hi all, very late to the N54 party :( but got my first 135i last week as a project/weekend car. Even having many more miles the 135i is just more fun than my M135i for some reason I cannot quite...
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