Rod Bearing Overhaul Kit (Basic), OEM with WPC Bearings - E46 M3 -2/03
Bare minimum WPC-treated bearings, gaskets, hardware, and BMW oil for early E46 M3
There are multiple ways to replace the rod bearings on E46 M3 and this kit includes the bare minimum basics for replacement with the subframe and steering rack removed. Our preference is to support the engine from above and remove the subframe with the steering rack and control arms still attached. It sounds like a lot of parts but is actually the fewest number of bolts/disconnections to make. All parts are Genuine or from an OEM supplier. This kit includes Genuine BMW 10W60 engine oil.
The bearings in this kit are Genuine BMW parts that have gone through the WPC treatment process. WPC is a microscopic shot-peening of the bearing surface to remove irregularities and imperfections. This reduces stress risers and improves fatigue resistance. Oil retention on the surface is also improved for better lubrication. Unlike physical coatings, WPC treatment will not decrease critical clearances between the bearing and crankshaft. WPC is our preferred bearing type over any stock bearing.
This kit fits M3 models up to 2/2003 production date.
S54 rod bearing kit includes:
6 x 11247835439, Genuine BMW bearing shell with WPC treatment, red, standard size
6 x 11247835440, Genuine BMW bearing shell with WPC treatment, blue, standard size
1 x 11137832023, oil pan cover gasket
1 x 11131437237, oil pan gasket
1 x 11431707164, dipstick tube o-ring
1 x 11411401769, suction pipe o-ring
2 x 32411093596, power steering supply hose crush washer
2 x 32411093597, power steering outlet hose crush washer
2 x 80311, Red Line Assembly Lube
1 x 11427833769, Mahle oil filter
6 x 83212365944, Genuine BMW 10W60 engine oil
Connecting rod bolts are not included in this kit for early model M3. Cars produced up to 2/2003 have a M11 connecting rod bolt that can be re-used for reassembly. BMW actually does not sell the M11 rod bolt separately. Unlike most other rod bolts, the M11 is not a torque-to-yield and it can be re-used. If you would like a replacement M11 bolt set, see the ARP bolt link below.
This kit includes parts for unbolting the steering rack and subframe from the chassis. This includes the crush washers used for the power steering pump on the engine but does not include any other hardware for subframe removal. Most hardware can be re-used so this kit favors the DIY or shop that only needs the basics. Obviously additional other parts can also be replaced at the same time - motor mounts, tie rods, boots, oil pan bolts, etc - contact us for a package deal!
Genuine BMW 10W60 oil is included. We prefer Red Line but won't discourage you from using the factory-approved oil, especially if your warranty dictates it. Red Line 15W50 is our preference because of it's superior characteristics in nearly ever spec.
E46 (2001-2/2003) > M3