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post #1 of 16 Old 17th April 2017, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Both sides are leaking, do I order original BMW parts https://www.ecstuning.com/b-elring-p...11120001269kt/ or the ELRING brand from ESC https://www.ecstuning.com/b-elring-p...11120001269kt/? It's $163.82 vs $88.44..things are starting to add up now, lol. I don't want to have to deal with leaks, but I was planning to do Vanos springs, and possibly chain guides in a year or two.

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Both sides are leaking, do I order original BMW parts https://www.ecstuning.com/b-elring-p...11120001269kt/ or the ELRING brand from ESC https://www.ecstuning.com/b-elring-p...11120001269kt/? It's $163.82 vs $88.44..things are starting to add up now, lol. I don't want to have to deal with leaks, but I was planning to do Vanos springs, and possibly chain guides in a year or two.

I like the original BMW ones and with a little permaseal RTV in the valleys of the gasket they rarely ever leak. The BMW ones have vitron material in them vs some of the other aftermarket ones do not and so they start to leak in a 1-2 years of operation.

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I use Mahle, who recently bought out Victor Reinz. My previous Victor Reinz valve cover gaskets lasted about 5 years and over 100k miles. When I did them again recently, they weren't really leaking but I needed to have the engine apart that far anyway, so I changed them.

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My indy where I buy parts tells me all the various gaskets were made from inferior material originally but now all are upgraded and durable , whether BMW labelled or otherwise. Who knows what is really in them though.
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I'd recommend OE BMW for the round rubber bolt gaskets. I attempted to go cheap on those and buy VR and they started leaking after about a year. Replaced with OE BMW and still no leaks.

I believe Goetze is the OEM for the BMW valve cover gasket. I bought those from Pelican and they've worked great. I could even see where the rubber "tag" that has the BMW roundel and part number had been manually cut off with a razor.

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Much of the time, the gasket itself isn't leaking, but the bolt/grommets leak, loose elasticity, etc.

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I'll never buy Victor Reinz gaskets again.

I've had both the Elring set and the OE BMW set and they are very, very similar. I think Elring is the OEM, but can't confirm. Anyways, I've used the Elring set more than 5 times, never had an issue.

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I'll never buy Victor Reinz gaskets again.

I've had both the Elring set and the OE BMW set and they are very, very similar. I think Elring is the OEM, but can't confirm. Anyways, I've used the Elring set more than 5 times, never had an issue.
Needing it 5 times sounds like an issue to me, unless you've owned the car for 300,000+ miles!
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