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How to Make Your Own Head R&R Tools
How to Make Your Own Head R&R Tools
Published by dave45056
Default How to Make Your Own Head R&R Tools

I made drawings of the Camshaft locking tool, Flywheel Locking Pin, and Rigid Chain tensioner. I made all of these and used them for my head install, so I know they work.
Here are the parts to make... you'll need 1 of each:

tool machining drawings.pdf

You will need a few metric bolts, etc. These drawings show you what to buy:

Also, you will need an E12 size torx socket to remove the head bolts. I bought a Lisle set at pelican parts so I wasn't stuck with just 1 size (and it's cheaper than the BMW tool).
However the O.D. of the socket wouldn't fit in the area where the head bolts were. I modified the socket as shown here to 17mm OD. It came out beautiful, but you must keep a water dish close by and keep dipping it in so you don't soften the tool.
lisle tool mod.jpg
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By Mp3masterS08 on 05-18-2011, 04:01 PM
Default Hey i blew my head gasket last year.

I am just starting out with this head gasket job, and the need for specialty tools is the biggest stick in the works so far. I have never machined metal before and don't know what I would use to do so. Do they make metal bits for a router? I mean you can just saw through metal with a circular saw and a special blade? Would it be possible to purchase one of these tools from you? Being a broke college student I would like to go the cheapest route which usually means making it myself, but if that entails buying bits/ blades/ tools/ supplies/ and taking into account the fact that it may take multiple tries before I have a usable cam locking tool I am at a loss as to what would be the best route. Please Help. Thank You!
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By beemerbeaner on 07-11-2011, 06:14 AM

awesome find. needed this
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By johnsmith3112 on 02-21-2014, 12:56 PM

Great job! Thank You very much for the drawings, that's I've searched long time!!!!!
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By pdxmotorhead on 02-24-2014, 06:28 AM

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By three1eighteye on 01-30-2019, 05:21 AM

Thanks !!! These locking tools are really expensive. Will take diagrams to the shop tomorrow and whip one out! Much thanks!
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