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      03-26-2013, 01:01 PM   #23
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Is there a place we can RENT one of these things?
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      03-26-2013, 02:37 PM   #24
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They are only like $100 plus the use of an air compressor/shop vac and the walnut shells

You can buy the intake attachment from BMW or make your own.
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      03-26-2013, 02:58 PM   #25
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Hmmmmmm
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      03-26-2013, 03:17 PM   #26
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http://www.harborfreight.com/25-lbs-...dia-92155.html

http://www.harborfreight.com/portabl...kit-37025.html

You have to modify the sprayer a bit larger to fit the walnut shells.

ahhh here we go:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=645616

If a few people with some garage space want to try this out, I am game to do it over a weekend




EDIT - a photo of the BMW vacuum adapter is on page 2, you put the walnut nozzel in the little hole and the vacuum thing goes right on the valve

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      03-26-2013, 09:09 PM   #27
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Thought I was really rallying the troops here...
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      03-27-2013, 08:08 AM   #28
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My dad has an air compressor and a small-medium garage. I just am not sure I'm completely comfortable doing it myself. I have yet to take the intake mani off and we would have to rotate the crank to open/close the valves manually. I don't have any experience doing this myself, so I can probably offer up space and tools if someone's a little more comfortable with at least showing us how to do the blasting.
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      03-27-2013, 11:32 AM   #29
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after doing more reading, this is not something I am comfortable doing without having someone more knowledgeable then I present. There is too much of a risk of having some particles not getting sucked out and things going south. At least with a professional you can hold them accountable.
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That little bit of calculated risk makes it more fun?!
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      03-27-2013, 01:10 PM   #31
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That little bit of calculated risk makes it more fun?!
Not when its a 30k car note...
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      03-27-2013, 10:26 PM   #32
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That little bit of calculated risk makes it more fun?!
Not when its a 30k car note...
Well there's got to be someone around that has a little more experience
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      03-28-2013, 10:41 AM   #33
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My dad has an air compressor and a small-medium garage. I just am not sure I'm completely comfortable doing it myself. I have yet to take the intake mani off and we would have to rotate the crank to open/close the valves manually. I don't have any experience doing this myself, so I can probably offer up space and tools if someone's a little more comfortable with at least showing us how to do the blasting.
I was reading that thread again and I think if one just takes their time and follows the instructions on how to ensure the values are closed properly, it really is pretty fool-proof, taking the mani off is no more complicated than an expensive erector set if you follow the service guide.

I may just go for it, only issue being lack of an air compressor, but I think I could just craigslist a beater.

After all, a walnut shell crumb or two are combustible, unlike any water based cleaner / solution or something scary like sand
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      03-28-2013, 12:24 PM   #34
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I was reading that thread again and I think if one just takes their time and follows the instructions on how to ensure the values are closed properly, it really is pretty fool-proof, taking the mani off is no more complicated than an expensive erector set if you follow the service guide.

I may just go for it, only issue being lack of an air compressor, but I think I could just craigslist a beater.

After all, a walnut shell crumb or two are combustible, unlike any water based cleaner / solution or something scary like sand
I wouldnt mind giving you a hand with the project, but until i see it done with my own 2 eyes, i wont be making this a DIY. Im more than willing to learn on someone elses car though
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hmmm... looks like I might be making at stop at harbor freight
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I wouldnt mind giving you a hand with the project, but until i see it done with my own 2 eyes, i wont be making this a DIY. Im more than willing to learn on someone elses car though
i am with you on this.
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      03-29-2013, 08:06 AM   #37
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I've got access to a large compressor tank, air lines and connections, tools and shop vac just off 495 in Marlborough if someone needs the space.
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Let me know if this is happening. I would chip in for some of the part costs if I can make it. I have a 2007 335i with ~55k miles, but have no idea what my valves are like.

I agree that it is a bit involved and time consuming, and I don't have much expertise in engine dismantling.
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had Ace Performance do the job. Night and day difference!!!!! Back to loving this car.
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had Ace Performance do the job. Night and day difference!!!!! Back to loving this car.
Do you mind telling us how much it cost?
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      05-16-2013, 03:51 PM   #42
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had Ace Performance do the job. Night and day difference!!!!! Back to loving this car.
+1 on price!! let us know!
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sorry guys haven't really been on here much.

So the cost is $825 but that includes intake manifold gaskets, and replacement of the spark plugs with OEM replacements. They replace the spark plugs because the tech at Ace like to run the engine after doing the walnut blasting and he showed me how it tends to still foul up plugs right after the cleaning. Once he runs everything he puts in new plugs and does an oil change.

I can say the attention to detail at Ace really made me comfortable leaving my car with them. I would say give Baer a call let him know Seelan sent you there and he will take care of you.
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sorry guys haven't really been on here much.

So the cost is $825 but that includes intake manifold gaskets, and replacement of the spark plugs with OEM replacements. They replace the spark plugs because the tech at Ace like to run the engine after doing the walnut blasting and he showed me how it tends to still foul up plugs right after the cleaning. Once he runs everything he puts in new plugs and does an oil change.

I can say the attention to detail at Ace really made me comfortable leaving my car with them. I would say give Baer a call let him know Seelan sent you there and he will take care of you.
got that quote from them too... sounds like its the right way to too it but $825 is just too much cheddar for me to shell out when I have seen it in the neighborhood of $400 from other people on the boards
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