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Old 10-31-2016, 07:06 PM
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I took AC compressor off and last piece of body work

Got the AC compressor off. Very awkward bolt on the back of the compressor is blocked by engine mount.

I need to lift it back up a bit so that heads clear the frame rail flanges. Next weekend I should be starting on the valve covers and the chain guides. I plan refresh the Vanos units. Once that is done I plan take the oil sump off and replace the seals as well as the front and rear main seal.

I should probably swap the steering rack now that I am this far in?
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Monocoque chassis vehicles like the X5 don't have a front "clip" - that is a concept on ladder chassis vehicles, where the panels do not form a structural component.

Removing a "clip" involves basically all front panels - including guards, inner guards, rad support etc all as one unit. This is not possible on an X5.
disagree here - I have an 2003 x5 4.6is - i removed front parts to get to timing chains - made it easy, one trick - dont dump air con gas as you can move condenser out of the way and tie up with some wire
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Old 11-02-2016, 08:53 AM
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Ready to roll out the sub-frame with motorand AT

At last it is ready to roll out from the chassis, I pulled it forward about 10" and it looks like it will clear the frame rail flanges now that the AC compressor is off.

This weekend it'll be out and ready for work on the motor. I have to hunt down a hoist that will attach to the beam in my garage so I can split the AT from the engine block.
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I would have removed the front clip - the bonnet cable has a joiner up the side guard to enable it to come off
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Thanks, I'll look for it. I did not look for it as it was dark already last night but this will help.
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No idea why you would pull the engine to do either of those jobs.
The X5 has more room in front than an e39 or e38 with an m62 and no one removes the engine in those either.

If you really want more space you can remove the radiator support, front fan, condenser, trans cooler, etc but that is going to require ALOT of unnecessary work and recharging your AC after the job is done. You mention doing the VC's as if its a separate job even though you have to remove them to lock the cams. Remove the cooling system and go at it.
Yeah I am somewhat baffled as to why the OP has removed the engine to do timing chains and leaks. The X5 does not need to go to this level to get it done. Since its coming out then I bet the engine bay area is going to really sparkle after the reinstall.
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Thanks, I'll look for it. I did not look for it as it was dark already last night but this will help.

Since you have your engine coming out I suspect your going to remove the trans from the engine and do the Rear Main seal and there is a rear seal on the block for the coolant.
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I know you guys have waited with abated breath to see if I would come back on this...

Well, finally started on the disassembly after having taken the engine out several weeks back. This project has been languishing whilst I am finishing our expansion of the house. But I want to have done by New Year.....

And yes, I intend to do the RMS and the coolant seals.
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How many hours do you think you have into it at this point? There is guy on youtube who claims he can drop the subframe with engine and transmission, front wheels....in a hour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvPiTvcM-RQ

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Well, that is amazing.

If you do the pan, don't you have to pull the halfshafts? If so, that opens a "since I am already here and it's apart..." can of worms.
So you took the whole subframe off, motor mounts and all? Took the entire driveline along on that little skid you made?

I wonder if it would be an easier process to do this on a 3.0.
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