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    How easy to change the rods on your own?

    Just wondering if its possible/easy to change the rods on your own car, in your own garage? Im thinking sticking it up on ramps and cracking on? Ive got a good set of tools and a fair whack of mechanical prowess but dont want to start anything that I cant finish, especially if the car aint gonna be able to run. Is it a simple case of head off, sump off, pistons and rods out, split, add new rods and re-assemble?

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    I just finished re building my bam s3 but I removed the engine/gearbox as I wanted to completely disassemble my engine and measure all my service limits and do a full blue print for peace of mind.
    Of course you don't have to when it comes to replacing just the rods but these engines are getting on a bit so would recommend a full re build if time permits and you don't need your car for a while.
    It's not the worlds most difficult job BUT does requires a lot of patients.
    And don't do it half arsed either. New rings and de glaze would be beneficial too while your at it.
    Theres loads of build threads to soak up info on and great tips as well
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    BAM S3 full rebuild for Hybrid or BT
    Hope this helps

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    I have done a fair few rod swaps (including my own twice) with the engine still in... its easy enough for a competent DIY mechanic... biggest ballache is all the stuff you have to remove to get at the engine lol

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    Biggest ball ache I had was finding the bloody tool I put down 10secs ago lol swear they got legs lol
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    Make sure everything is laboratory clean too, esp when putting the bearings in..

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    Don't forget assemble lube the al girl likes a bit of lube lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffmanvp3 View Post
    Biggest ball ache I had was finding the bloody tool I put down 10secs ago lol swear they got legs lol
    Its in a safe place...

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