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Old 08-06-2016, 05:03 PM
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Thumbs up M103 head gasket, revisited

What is the best head gasket on the market currently for the M103.983?

I did a Victor Reinz around 40k ago and it is leaking profusely from the pressure gallery by the number five exhaust port.

All I am seeing are VR, Elring, and OE. I will spend extra for OE if needed.

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Old 08-07-2016, 04:25 PM
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I've al alway used oe gaskets. Too big of a job to cut corners. I've never had an issue after
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:26 PM
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2 choices

O.E. as Lora suggested.

Or Custom Manufactured from "Gaskets to go"

Gaskets-to-Go Custom Gaskets-Home Page

upon request He'll make a MLS gasket.

Multiple Layer Stainless Steel Gasket.
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Old 08-08-2016, 12:49 PM
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Personally I would go with OE since you have bad experience with the aftermarket ones..

But to save money..

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Old 02-02-2017, 10:35 PM
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I ordered an OEM gasket (1030162120, apparently by Elring...the factory installed on mine I pulled years ago was a Goetze) and an aftermarket Elring. Once both here, I can compare to see what, if any differences there are between them.

BMW's Elring for the M30 is slightly beefier than the aftermarket Elring. Odd I know.

Also ordered OE timing cover sealant.
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BMW's Elring for the M30 is slightly beefier than the aftermarket Elring. Odd I know.
That, apparently, is also the case with TRW lower control arms for the W124. The MB ones are made by TRW but to a totally different spec. to the direct-from-TRW ones.

I can't verify this as I bought some MB ones and they look very similar to the Lemfoerder tie rods I bought.

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Old 02-03-2017, 04:48 AM
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After hearing about the horrors of M103 / M102 gasket failures due to corrosion I have been using Hylomar as a gasket dressing


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