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      05-18-2018, 04:58 AM   #1
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Is the special "thin wall" socket honestly required to change plugs on an N55? Will a normal 14mm not fit? Worked fine on my M54's and I pulled them out with a magnet tool if needed..
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Is the special "thin wall" socket honestly required to change plugs on an N55? Will a normal 14mm not fit? Worked fine on my M54's and I pulled them out with a magnet tool if needed..
No it won't fit
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      05-18-2018, 07:50 AM   #3
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You'll need the special tool. They come in like every larger socket set. Be sure it has a U-Joint, it's what BMW recommends...
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      05-18-2018, 11:03 AM   #4
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You'll need the special tool. They come in like every larger socket set. Be sure it has a U-Joint, it's what BMW recommends...
Are you referring to a basic spark plug type socket coming in larger kits? Those aren't "thin wall". The only real benefit they have is the rubber insert to grip and pull the plugs. The joints aren't a problem, I do mechanical work by trade and have access to pretty much anything I could need, except this specific BMW socket apparently.

I just find it hard to believe you can't fit a regular deepwell metric in, given how thin they are already.. It just takes so long to get to them, lol, but at this rate I might bite the bullet and try.
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You'll need the special tool. They come in like every larger socket set. Be sure it has a U-Joint, it's what BMW recommends...
Are you referring to a basic spark plug type socket coming in larger kits? Those aren't "thin wall". The only real benefit they have is the rubber insert to grip and pull the plugs. The joints aren't a problem, I do mechanical work by trade and have access to pretty much anything I could need, except this specific BMW socket apparently.

I just find it hard to believe you can't fit a regular deepwell metric in, given how thin they are already.. It just takes so long to get to them, lol, but at this rate I might bite the bullet and try.
Just try it out then
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Are you referring to a basic spark plug type socket coming in larger kits? Those aren't "thin wall". The only real benefit they have is the rubber insert to grip and pull the plugs. The joints aren't a problem, I do mechanical work by trade and have access to pretty much anything I could need, except this specific BMW socket apparently.

I just find it hard to believe you can't fit a regular deepwell metric in, given how thin they are already.. It just takes so long to get to them, lol, but at this rate I might bite the bullet and try.
I think I actually used a normal plug socket, but I'll be able to check on that in 3 hours...
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I used a regular socket when I changed my spark plugs.
No real issues that I remember
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Is the special "thin wall" socket honestly required to change plugs on an N55? Will a normal 14mm not fit? Worked fine on my M54's and I pulled them out with a magnet tool if needed..
It's a 12 pt. Like said above, it won't fit.
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I thought only a special thin walled socket was needed for the N54 or N55.
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I thought only a special thin walled socket was needed for the N54 or N55.
OP has an N55.
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      05-18-2018, 01:59 PM   #11
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OP has an N55.
Gotcha. I was directing my comment at chris_flies.
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      05-19-2018, 10:00 AM   #12
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Get this cheapskates:

http://www.burgertuning.com/N54_BMW_...t_adapter.html

It has a nifty magnet to grip the plug.
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      05-19-2018, 02:32 PM   #13
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I find there is significant wall variation in sockets. Cheaper ones are often thicker, presumably to make up for not as good steel. If what you have seems reasonably thin, seems worth a try.
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So as I changed my oil today I noticed the first plug is easy to access. Got the coil out and tried a few different sockets. They all seemed to drop in just fine, however, none we're able to fully seat on the plug due to the angle.. Why it was designed like this is beyond me. It's still hard to believe this specialized one is thinner than what I have on hand, and will work in this situation, but looks like I'll have one on the way soon..

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Get this cheapskates:

http://www.burgertuning.com/N54_BMW_...t_adapter.html

It has a nifty magnet to grip the plug.
BMS socket is perfect. Just buy it.
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So as I changed my oil today I noticed the first plug is easy to access. Got the coil out and tried a few different sockets. They all seemed to drop in just fine, however, none we're able to fully seat on the plug due to the angle.. Why it was designed like this is beyond me. It's still hard to believe this specialized one is thinner than what I have on hand, and will work in this situation, but looks like I'll have one on the way soon..

This is why it's important to put a universal on the socket before the extension. that way you're at the correct angle. Otherwise, you risk cracking the ceramic insulators.
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This is why it's important to put a universal on the socket before the extension. that way you're at the correct angle. Otherwise, you risk cracking the ceramic insulators.
Bav Auto sell a socket for plugs that is 12 inches long, magnetic insert. $19.95
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