In Reply to: Re: installing the tensioner posted by C///MR on June 08, 2001 at 19:18:50:
The e36 tensioner has no marks on it. It is a solid unit with the slotted end that fits on the tensioner rail.
Doug, I know you installed this mod on your car. I have one simple question. Do you have to point the tensioner piston (the part that contacts the chain) in a certain direction? The original tensioners have a mark on them as the piston can be rotated. Which leaves room for installing it 180deg wrong. I don't know if the e36 3.2L has such reference marks. And if so which way it should point.
Sorry, I can't give you prices on the timing chain pieces as I haven't replaced those (but I don't think they are expensive - labor is though!). Anyway use the tensioner from the E36 3.2L euro M3. It's a piece of cake to install and works great. The cost is around $75.00 if I remember correctly. Search the archives from about two months ago for the specific P/Ns and prices. HTH...