Rod Bearing Overhaul Kit (Basic), BE-Clevite Bearings - E9X M3

Bare minimum Clevite bearings, gaskets, hardware, and oil for an experienced DIY replacement

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Price:
$795.41 – $1,142.46

  • BE-Clevite rod bearings and hardware
  • OEM gaskets
  • Your choice of engine oil with an OEM filter
Rod bearing replacement is a fact of life for any E9X M3 owner and this kit has you covered for a DIY rod bearing replacement on the S65 engine. This package uses lead-copper bearings engineered by BE Bearings and manufactured by OEM supplier Clevite. These bearings use the industry-standard materials so that bearing wear is easily calculated in oil analysis and the softer material is less likely to damage the crankshaft. The sizes and clearances have been carefully chosen, after consulting with engine-building experts, to work with the factory BMW 10W60 engine oil.

From the menu above you can select the engine oil to include in your kit: Genuine BMW 10W60, Red Line 15W50, or no oil (you supply your own).
- Genuine BMW oil is obviously the factory recommendation and its the latest TwinPower formula
- Red Line 15W50 is our preference because of the research we have done. Even though classified as an SAE 15W it's actually thinner when cold than the factory 10W. This allows easier access to tight bearing clearances and faster warm-up temps. The SAE 50 rating is lower than the factory oil but the Red Line has greater shear strength and lower evaporation than the factory 60 oil. We feel that the RL 15W50 is a better overall choice for street and mildly-tracked M3s and it's what we use in our own cars.

Genuine and OEM gaskets and o-rings are included.

Kit contents:
8 x 11247841703, BE-Clevite S65 upper rod bearing shell
8 x 11247841702, BE-Clevite S65 lower rod bearing shell
16 x 1124834522, rod bearing bolt
1 x 11137841085, OEM Elring oil pan gasket
1 x 11417839832, Genuine oil suction tube o-ring
1 x 11417839833, Genuine oil return tube o-ring
2 x 07129904819, Genuine oil tube bolts
2 x 07119906464, power steering hose crush rings (for disconnecting the steering rack)
2 x 07119906463, power steering hose crush rings (for disconnecting the steering rack)
Your choice of oil with an OEM oil filter

Important Notes:
Note 1: front subframe must be removed (lowered) to access oil pan and bearings. This creates multiple opportunities to replace other parts. This kit only includes the crush washers for disconnecting power steering lines to lower the subframe and steering rack. See below for additional items we recommend.
Note 2: BMW calls for a set of new oil pan bolts when removing the oil pan. We don't feel this is necessary and have re-used these M6 bolts multiple times. We do offer a replacement set, see the Related Items link below.
Note 3: when engine re-assembly is complete, prime the engine with the fuel system deactivated. Priming is done by engine cranking without firing and allows oil to circulate to critical areas.
Note 4: Correct oil operating temperature is 220°F - you should properly warm your engine before subjecting it to higher throttle angles and RPM.

BMW Fitments:

3 Series
E90 / E92 / E93 (08-13) > M3
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