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Old 06-21-2006, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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e36 1998 m3 valve cover

would a 99 valve cover fit a 1994 m50 engine without any problems
i know for a fact that i have to change the valve cover gasket what other problems will i encounter.i have the valve cover and the coils since they are different i want to know if they would actually improve the engine or i t would be a waste of time. any help would be appreciated
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Old 06-21-2006, 04:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nope. 93-95 would fit yours.

Just look at the valve cover. The hole for the location where you pour oil into the engine is located above cylinders 1 or 2 and yours has it above 5 or 6.
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All the heads (vanos heads) are the same, the valve cover should bolt in the same. Im not sure though if the oil filler hole makes a diffrence.

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I know all the vanos heads are the same, but if he switched to the obdii version of the valve cover then wouldnt he switch the ifller hole over to the obdii location. In that case then wouldnt he then be required to purchase the obdii plastic cover than goes on top of the valve cover?

If the new location of the oil filler hole is now in the obdii location would it have any effect other than engine oil being put in at a slightly different location?
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I know all the vanos heads are the same, but if he switched to the obdii version of the valve cover then wouldnt he switch the ifller hole over to the obdii location. In that case then wouldnt he then be required to purchase the obdii plastic cover than goes on top of the valve cover?

If the new location of the oil filler hole is now in the obdii location would it have any effect other than engine oil being put in at a slightly different location?
Dont think so.

Well in the end.. the oil goes to the same place.

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the coils look something like this
i would have to purchase the plastic cover.different than that of the m50/s50. also because of the oil filler the only reason it cant fit now is because of the gasket of the m50. the m50 and s52/m52 engine takes a different gasket due to the fact that the obd II valve cover is abit different in the back other than that everything is ok. i am going to buy the s52 gasket to see if it works if it does not work i guess i am going to sell the gasket which would be brand new, the valcover, the vent pipe, attached to it the coils(6) and the studs to screw in the ignition coils.i hope it works if not what a waste
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cool so once i get my m50 in my car i can rice it a bit and get it bmw m power covers?
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