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Cam tower and Pan Gasket WYITs

What is the list of things I should fix/add/change/upgrade while I am doing the pan and cam tower gaskets. It sucks that they are both going at the same time.
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I don't know from experience,but it seems to be a good time to do rod bearings when the pan is off.
The most labor intensive part of replacing the bearings is removing the pan.
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Be sure to use lock washers with the three screws for the rear cam tower cover. They have a very low torque setting and the lock washers will help keep them from getting loose over the years to come.

+1 on the rod bearings. I have yet to do it, but it looks like a relatively easy job once the pan is off.

It would be a good time to do the cap, rotor, belts, rollers, and water pump while the cam is off. The water pump is the most pricey part, but if you have an extra couple hundred dollars to spend then now's the time to get them out of the way too.
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Can this be done with out loosening the tbelt? The car had a new waterpump and tbelt less than 15k ago.
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if oil pan is coming off. get oil pickup reinforced....if it's not falling apart already.

make sure u time the balance shafts correctly when u put it back together.
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If you are doing the cam gasket, then yes, the t-belt has to come off to get the cam off.

I had a recent post on here asking people if they actually used the tool to tension their belts or not. Most do not use the tool. Get a good feel for the tension of the belt and you should be ok. I wasted money having the Porsche dealer do my belts. A few weeks late I did the cam gasket. I got a good feel of the tension they set it and I put it back where it felt to be the right place. This was 2 years ago and no problems yet.
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+1 On replacing the rod bearing while the pan is off, also use only NEW NUTS on the rods. Before you install the cam belt give it a good inspection. When you put the belt back on tighten it so it is hard to turn it to 90* with thumb and fore finger, but get the full 90* turn. It should be OK. The belt has about 15k left on it before you need another one.

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Any cheap performance mods I should make while I am in there?
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Paragon sells a crank scraper you could put in for about $80. I wouldn't say it is cheap but it is cheaper than a lot of other mods and realistically this would be your only chance to put one in.
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good time to do motor mounts
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Did the motor mounts not too long ago.
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+1 on rod bearings and +1 for new nuts (yes, many jokes spring to mind).

A little blue Loctite on the cam tower bolts will save you having to do the gasket again in a year when they work loose. And a nice long straightedge slipped under the tower when you remove it will prevent a shower of lifters clattering off the engine and falling to the ground.
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Ok so on the lower end I need these?
http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/smart/more_info.cgi?pn=944-101-205-02-M17&catalog_description=Oil%20Pan%20Gasket,%20924S%20( 1987-88),%20944/944S/944%20Turbo%20(1983-88),%20944S2%20(1988-91),%20968%20(1992-95),%20Each%20%20
http://www.*****************.com/Crankshaft_Scraper_p/944-2.5l-crank-scraper.htm
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http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/smart/more_info.cgi?pn=928-103-143-15-4CYL-M41&catalog_description=Rod%20Bearing%20Set,%20Standar d%20Size,%20924S/944/968%20All%20(1983-95)%20
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