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WheyArea 12-28-2012 07:20 PM

M3 hood on ZHP coupe - it can be done!
 
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Been researching this for the past week and noticed alot of back and forth about "is it possible?" I stumbled on a great deal for an OEM M3 hood via CL and got it on today. I had one on my old 330 but couldn't swap hoods in time :(

The fitment is about an 8.5-9/10. It's about as good as it gets without any modification (only need a ratchet and a torx bit). Took about 45 min. of tweaking the guides screws and pulling the fender about about 2-3 cm. There's a small gap above the headlights towards the inside (kidney grills) but its not that noticeable. I got some rubber lining and 3M double-sided tape that I'm going to use to close it a bit. If all goes well it should look like an extension of the rubber headlight lining.

Let me know what you guys think

E46330iguy 12-28-2012 07:22 PM

Not sure if i really like the look on a facelift but to each their own

BMW#3 12-28-2012 07:32 PM

I think it looks great with the mtech II, awesome work!

WheyArea 12-28-2012 07:59 PM

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Originally Posted by E46330iguy (Post 15014509)
Not sure if i really like the look on a facelift but to each their own

I actually like the pre-facelift front more but the 6th gear helps :)

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Originally Posted by BMW#3 (Post 15014548)
I think it looks great with the mtech II, awesome work!

Thanks man. It'll look a lot nicer once I get the black kidney grills and angel eyes in. Here's my old 330ci with the same setup. God I miss that thing....

Bumper still for sale BTW haha

M1992 12-28-2012 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by WheyArea (Post 15014622)
I actually like the pre-facelift front more but the 6th gear helps :)



Thanks man. It'll look a lot nicer once I get the black kidney grills and angel eyes in. Here's my old 330ci with the same setup. God I miss that thing....

Bumper still for sale BTW haha

I don't know. I can't decide whether I like it, I don't love it or hate it. Its just kinda there and barely noticable. Possibly out of place, but whatever, its unique I guess.

BMW#3 12-28-2012 08:15 PM

Definitely, looking at the picture of your first car the black kidneys really make that hood look good.

dinan19 12-28-2012 08:31 PM

I think its looks pretty sweet man! nice job.

Alex323Ci 12-29-2012 03:14 AM

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Originally Posted by M1992 (Post 15014661)
I don't know. I can't decide whether I like it, I don't love it or hate it. Its just kinda there and barely noticable. Possibly out of place, but whatever, its unique I guess.

x2. sorry not sure i like it yet, will wait for other photos to decide. but for now it just doesn't look right to me. and this is coming from someone who retrofitted an oem M3 hood on my non-M coupe years ago.

Mango 12-29-2012 10:41 AM

looks waaaaaaay off. obvious too

Fern2899 12-29-2012 11:59 AM

Fitment is deffinetly off but not as bad as I thought it would be, especially since I'm anal about that stuff... If you like it great, but I know if it was me that would annoy the living hell out of me.. Good luck !

WheyArea 12-29-2012 01:34 PM

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Originally Posted by E46Mango (Post 15015689)
looks waaaaaaay off. obvious too

It's definitely not going to be perfect. But way off? That's a little exaggerated don't you think?

Alex323Ci 12-29-2012 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by WheyArea (Post 15016009)
It's definitely not going to be perfect. But way off? That's a little exaggerated don't you think?

No I wouldn't say it's "way off". I have seen so many aftermarket hoods much worse. But I wouldn't give it a 8.5-9/10. I'd say 7.5-8/10 for now.
It should still need some shims under the fender to raise it to line up flush to the M3 hood(which is taller) than non-Ms. where it meets the front fender tip is going to be an issue where I don't think it can be fixed more. But heck it does look pretty good from a distance. just the front lines seem off with the lines of the facelift headlamps. look forward to see it adjusted more and grill blacked out. :thumbup:

BMW#3 12-29-2012 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Alex323Ci (Post 15016054)
No I wouldn't say it's "way off". I have seen so many aftermarket hoods much worse. But I wouldn't give it a 8.5-9/10. I'd say 7.5-8/10 for now.
It should still need some shims under the fender to raise it to line up flush to the M3 hood(which is taller) than non-Ms. where it meets the front fender tip is going to be an issue where I don't think it can be fixed more. But heck it does look pretty good from a distance. just the front lines seem off with the lines of the facelift headlamps. look forward to see it adjusted more and grill blacked out. :thumbup:

I agree, def want to see it with the blackout grills. I think those will really make it look good.

WheyArea 12-29-2012 02:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Alex323Ci (Post 15016054)
No I wouldn't say it's "way off". I have seen so many aftermarket hoods much worse. But I wouldn't give it a 8.5-9/10. I'd say 7.5-8/10 for now.
It should still need some shims under the fender to raise it to line up flush to the M3 hood(which is taller) than non-Ms. where it meets the front fender tip is going to be an issue where I don't think it can be fixed more. But heck it does look pretty good from a distance. just the front lines seem off with the lines of the facelift headlamps. look forward to see it adjusted more and grill blacked out. :thumbup:

8.5-9 was in reference to not having to do any modding other than dry fitting and playing with a ratchet. But I agree that overall it's not as nice as it was on my 330ci. When it's dressed up with the grills and I play with it more I think it will eventually be an overall 8.5 maybe 9

Thanks!

Define ///M3 12-29-2012 02:14 PM

It doesn't look that bad to me. Personally I love the M3 hood but I don't know if I would go through all the trouble just to have a " bulge " on my non-M hood ya know? Never the less good work.

WheyArea 12-29-2012 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Define ///M3 (Post 15016105)
It doesn't look that bad to me. Personally I love the M3 hood but I don't know if I would go through all the trouble just to have a " bulge " on my non-M hood ya know? Never the less good work.

That's the thing, it's not as much trouble as people make it out to be. Overall it took 1.5 hours with nothing but a torx bit and some elbow grease. The hood was a trade (traded an unpainted CSL boot lid) but between $400-500 is a good deal.

Blueandwhite85 12-29-2012 03:01 PM

I think I like the facelifted kidneys more.. I think...:hmm:

stookin 12-29-2012 04:10 PM

looks like more time and money than its worth....for a minimal cosmetic modification.

Zell 12-29-2012 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Blueandwhite85 (Post 15016246)
I think I like the facelifted kidneys more.. I think...:hmm:

Yeah I don't like the tiny kidneys

choxor 12-29-2012 04:27 PM

I dunno, my eye is immediately drawn to the power bulge, but there doesn't seem to be any other lines on the car to compliment it. It's just there. May look better in person, I suppose.


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