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post #1 of 32 Old 11th April 2018, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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Reputable shop in Balt. - D.C area

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I'm looking for a reputable shop in the Baltimore - DC area to upgrade the rod bearings. I have gone to Induktion in Linthicum for other work, but they claim to not have experience with this job. I usually go to BMW of Annapolis for service, but I'm looking to some price comparisons. Anyone got recommendations or had this kind of work done in the area?
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Wish I could help. Looking for one as well that is competent and can be trusted!
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I'm planning on doing mine at RRT in Sterling or Aktiv in Gaithersburg next month. It really depends on my schedule. I have been to both places and both have done numerous S85 work such as rod bearings. Just call them up and inquire. Talk to Alex or Mike at RRT and at Aktiv ask for Kevin. They are both awesome places and they don't make you feel like you are wasting their time when you ask them questions - like some places I have encountered around here..

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Ashton/Sterling BMW will rip you off....been there done it. They replaced the slave cylinder in the my M5 trans and couldn't get it working. Claimed the SMG pump was faulty. All's it needed was primed and everything was fine. Had I not known better they wanted to replace the complete SMG system for +$10,000. I paid them for their work...almost $2k.... trailered the car home and primed the SMG myself for $15 for a INPA K+D Can dongle and SW.

Never again for me....

FWIW....my son and I did the rod bearing job ourselves.

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I just sent a request for quote to RRT last night. I'll post up when I get the work done with details of the experience.
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I just sent a request for quote to RRT last night. I'll post up when I get the work done with details of the experience.
Can you ask them about the ACL bearings? I'm looking into using them instead of the BE's that they wanna use. I heard from some BMWCCA members that RRT doesn't like it that much when you bring your own parts. Just wondering what RRT says about them. You can potentially save $400 off the bat - that's still a lot of money for some people.

I think I can tackle this on my own but maybe with a friend who had done this already.. seems pretty straight forward. Im feeling a little intimidated with that V10.. lol.. I just did my Nissan Frontier 4x4 clutch swap on my friend's lift weeks ago and that wasn't a pleasant experience at all..

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I just sent a request for quote to RRT last night. I'll post up when I get the work done with details of the experience.
I called RRT earlier and they said they have never heard of ACL bearings and don't use them. They only use BE bearings and they do rod bearings on a weekly basis so they definitely have a lot of experience in that area. I was given a reasonable quote over the phone for a shop with such expertise. But it might not be an exact figure as they might recommend other items while they are working on the car such as Vanos lines, engine mounts, etc.. NOT really looking forward to this as it is a pretty big expense (I can take my family to a nice weekend vacation with this money).. but it needs to get done since I decided to keep it for the long run..

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I just got my bearings done by RRT on my newly purchased '08. So far, I've had them fix rear diff leak with new seals, new belts/pulleys/tensionerss all new, BE improved bearings, motor mounts, vanos, oil squirters, the works pretty much. Although I only have a few weeks experience with them so far, their willingness to answer all my stupid questions was tremendous, their pricing was very competitive and most OEM parts, they quote cheaper than I can find them anywhere. So far based on my experience, this will be the only shop that will see my BMW. Just don't expect a loaner like a BMW "stealership" and plan your ride home accordingly. These guys get a A+ in my book

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I just got my bearings done by RRT on my newly purchased '08. So far, I've had them fix rear diff leak with new seals, new belts/pulleys/tensionerss all new, BE improved bearings, motor mounts, vanos, oil squirters, the works pretty much. Although I only have a few weeks experience with them so far, their willingness to answer all my stupid questions was tremendous, their pricing was very competitive and most OEM parts, they quote cheaper than I can find them anywhere. So far based on my experience, this will be the only shop that will see my BMW. Just don't expect a loaner like a BMW "stealership" and plan your ride home accordingly. These guys get a A+ in my book
What does something like this cost? how much was labor?
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What does something like this cost? how much was labor?
Labor was about $1900 for rod bearings, vanos updates, oil squirters, mounts, LCA's, and belts/pulleys/tensioners (probably missing something). The shop did not charge me labor for several items like motor mounts, etc. since they were already in there. I believe just bearings/vanos would be like 1300?

We won't get into the cost of all the parts since I'm being anal and replacing everything, nuts/bolts included. You'll be able to do it much cheaper on the part side than I have.

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