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BE Rod Bearings Set - BMW S54
BE Rod Bearings Set - BMW S54


SKU: 11-BE-BMW-S54

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Product Details Technical Specs

Designed and manufactured by Clevite to BE Bearing specifications.

These bearings replace the factory BMW rod bearings. The original BMW bearings have too little clearance, which leads to premature bearing wear and can cause early engine failure. Furthermore, the factory BMW bearings are made from tin-aluminum which are 4-times harder than a softer lead-copper bearing design. A softer bearing is better for your engine and more tolerant of foreign particles suspended in your oil.

These BE Bearings feature a state-of-the-art Clevite Tri-Metal design with the Clevite Tri-Armor(tm) coating.

  • Lead-copper design for greater durability and easy tracking with oil analysis like Blackstone (recommended).
  • Designed with extra clearance to "fix" the BMW rod bearing design flaw.
  • Designed for use with factory 10W60 weight oils.
  • Tri-Armor coated for low conditions during cold start
  • Ideal for start-stop vehicles;
    • BMW M5 (2005-2010), BMW M3 (2008-2013) can suffer early bearing failure due to inadequate rod bearing clearance.
    • Insufficient clearance means insufficient oil flow, excessive bearing surface heat, and premature wear.
    • These symptoms can lead to early bearing failure and a very expensive engine rebuild.
    • Problem can be addressed during engine rebuild, but it's expensive.
    • Some people switched to thinner oils -- as a stopgap measure.
    • Other stopgap measures include anti-friction teflon coated factory bearings, WPC anti-friction treated factory bearings, and custom bearings with same clearance as stock.
    • "Coated" factory bearings decreased clearance. This is not a good idea.
    • WPC treated bearings slightly increase clearance, but are a stopgap.
    • Custom bearings keeping factory clearance doesn't fix the problem, but allows you to track lead and copper in Blackstone oil analysis.
    • Newer factory bearings (2010.5 and later) are made from tin-aluminum, not lead-copper. Tin-aluminum bearings are 4-times harder on the surface than lead-copper bearings. This extra hardness shows signs of doing more damage to motors as there seems to be more bearing failures with 2010.5 and later vehicles. Tin-aluminum bearings also don't show the same signs of premature wear in Blackstone oil analysis due to lack of lead and copper.
    • A better solution was needed.
  • Better Design

    • Designed to address and fix the rod bearing clearance issue.
    • Designed for use with factory 10W60 weight oils.
    • Increases oil flow.
    • Improves lubrication for "Start-Stop" vehicles over factory bearings.
    • Designed in consultation with leading industry experts from NASCAR, Indy Car, and former BMW M-Division engine designer.
    • Designed and manufactured by Clevite, factory BMW bearing supplier.
    • Traditional lead-copper bearing design; less wear on crankshaft journals, traceable with Blackstone oil analysis.
    • Each bearing is measured and size-binned. Allows for custom bearing selection when necessary.
Fits the Following Vehicles & Engines
  • BMW S54

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