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Oops. I was thinking backwards... (archive)

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Posted by Lincoln on June 19, 2000 at 17:40:42:

In Reply to: Re: Why would it be??? posted by Jon Caldito on June 19, 2000 at 13:27:07:

I was thinking that 'interference design' was the one that would not hit if the timing belt/chain was off. Apparently it's the exact opposite??? Either way, my '84 323i ate pistons and valves when the belt broke @ about 90MPH in 4th gear.

: Newer engines such as the M50, M50TU, M52, M52TU, S50/S52, M54, S54, S62, or anything higher than a 10:1 compression ratio is an interference engine.

: Heck you can remove the timing chain, leave the cams in there position without moving and turn over the engine and "clank clank clank... oh shit!"

: Hey, you can always lower the compression to 8.5:1 with a thicker head gasket but you'll have a powerloss, unless you go forced induction.

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