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Default what's in your N54 toolbox? - 08-18-2015, 01:57 PM

what are the essential tools in your toolbox to work on the N54?

looking for suggestions but pix of toolporn is welcome too!

ive decided to invest in some quality tools but don't want to buy an entire set (other than basic metric sockets), would rather assemble my toolbox a la carte so curious to know if certain tools come to mind

haven't been the most DIY person myself, so I don't have much experience working on the engine yet, but with my warranty up I've been wanting to change that

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Default 08-18-2015, 02:53 PM

Multiple sets of Etorx, torx, spark plug tool, o2 sensor. Like 5 8mm sockets reg and deep.
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Alternator pulley tool. Oil filter cap tool. Walnut blasting tools



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Default 08-18-2015, 08:16 PM

torx set, etorx set, all metric wrenches, 8mm sockets, spare spark plug & coilpack in trunk at all times. (might be overkill haha)

I run without an underpanel splash guard which saves me about 30 8mm bolts when working on the car too which is lovely.


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Default 08-18-2015, 10:18 PM

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torx set, etorx set, all metric wrenches, 8mm sockets, spare spark plug & coilpack in trunk at all times. (might be overkill haha)

I run without an underpanel splash guard which saves me about 30 8mm bolts when working on the car too which is lovely.
Lol well its not just a "splash guard"
It helps block the engine from debris, helps cooling/air flow, and most importantly reduces the drag coefficient.
But u kno better
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Default 08-19-2015, 01:27 AM

I have tiny screwdrivers for ECU box and opening connectors.

I use a towel to wrap the battery connector when I disconnect it. I also use a towel to cover the trunk lid so that it doesn't close on me. (this is near impossible to open if you don't have power).

I use towels to cover the side of the front fenders so I can work without scratching the paint.

I have cleaners and micro fiber cloths as I intend to keep this car so I take care of the paint as we go. This is between details and washes.

I'm wondering what everyone else does to keep the engine bay 'clean'. It can get so dusty and filled with junk. Air compressor?

And also have spare parts! Spark plugs, microfilters, oil filters, oil, injectors, even the OEM charge pipe incase my upgraded one breaks.
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Haha, but seriously.
JK of course, I seem to be using mine a lot lately. Just bought a hydraulic press and some other tools. It never ends. A lot depends on what you want to do, and each new job/capability needs more tools. I would add to basic metric tool wrench/socket kit and torx/allen set:

1. thin wall spark plug socket
2. Floor jack, 4 jack stands, ramps.
3. Oil drain pan and 5 gal gas can for waste oil.
4. For suspension work, good spring compressor.
5. Bench vise.
6. Dremmel
7. TQ wrench.
8. Code reader/flash tools such as BT scan tool, INPA/NCSexpert (BMW Tools set up on laptop).
9. Bentley shop manual.

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Default 08-19-2015, 08:17 AM

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torx set, etorx set, all metric wrenches, 8mm sockets, spare spark plug & coilpack in trunk at all times. (might be overkill haha)

I run without an underpanel splash guard which saves me about 30 8mm bolts when working on the car too which is lovely.
Lol I thought I was the only dude that kept every tool he's had to use on this car in his trunk.


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Default 08-19-2015, 09:50 AM

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Lol well its not just a "splash guard"
It helps block the engine from debris, helps cooling/air flow, and most importantly reduces the drag coefficient.
But u kno better
Theoretically yes, the undertray does these things. However, not having to remove it all the time is huge time saver when working under the car. It'd be great if you would quantify the cooling and drag benefits for us. A good wash and wax also reduces drag coefficient. Hell, I roll race with my windows down just to give the other guy a lil help cause they seem to always need all the help they can get. Lol.


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Theoretically yes, the undertray does these things. However, not having to remove it all the time is huge time saver when working under the car. It'd be great if you would quantify the cooling and drag benefits for us. A good wash and wax also reduces drag coefficient. Hell, I roll race with my windows down just to give the other guy a lil help cause they seem to always need all the help they can get. Lol.
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Default 08-19-2015, 09:59 PM

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Lol well its not just a "splash guard"
It helps block the engine from debris, helps cooling/air flow, and most importantly reduces the drag coefficient.
But u kno better
It's a short term situation haha, my splash guard/debris shield/plastic wasn't tightened down before a long drive and was partially ripped from the car on Hwy. 5 - I'm going to pickup a new one soon. These cars need all the aerodynamic help they can get (E82s)


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Think he agrees with you?


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Ignorance is bliss.
I agree with everything you said, I just don't think it makes as much of a difference as you do. I don't recall any appreciable difference in 60-130 times with and without undertray and I don't think I'm suffering from any cooling deficiencies. No salt where I live so I'll just go without.


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Default 08-19-2015, 10:51 PM

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Think he agrees with you?
Ignorance is bliss. It's more like apathy though.


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Default 08-20-2015, 11:44 AM

haha definitely need to keep the credit card in the toolbox

thanks for the suggestions
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Default 08-20-2015, 12:46 PM

I think the undertray hels keep the engine area clean.
It also catches dropped tools, which is both good and bad.



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Default 08-21-2015, 11:06 AM

Parts always on hand:
- spark plugs
- serpentine belt

Tools on hand:
- torx, inverted & reg.
- spark plug socket
- torque wrench
- serpentine belt tool (thin long wrench)
- metric sockets and wrenches
- code scanning tool (I use JB4 w/ IOS app)
- modified jack stands (fit directly into plastic lift points)
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Default 08-21-2015, 12:17 PM

BMS Spark plug tool
BMS Jack pad adapter
6x bosch oem spark plugs
ECS oil filter housing wrench adapter
2x 5 quart mobil 0w-40
Multiple mann oil filters
3 ton hydraulic jack
4x jack stands
Full metric wrench and socket set with 10-20mm impact sockets
Impact gun
Compressor
Metric allen wrench and hex drivers
Torque wrench
JB4 & INPA for scanning/flashing
Carly BMW adapter
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Default 08-24-2015, 05:05 PM

i notice BMS spark plug tool being mentioned alot, is there something about our spark plugs that need a special socket? i have one that was included in my craftsman set that worked fine for my prev car (b5 a4)
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You need a thin walled sparkplug socket, like the BMS one.
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