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Old 03-10-2011, 12:55 AM   #121
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I have to give you props for a very good, very detailed DIY!!
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:04 AM   #122
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Cd330 rofl at the bumper shocks. Did u have on goggles and stuff? I didn't have a shirt on when I did it but I was wearing goggles and I got hydraulic fluid all over my chest lol. It was classic.

But it looks sexy as hell! Get that diffuser painted and route ur exhaust!
I was expecting it and it still kind of scared me.... Yeah, I was wearing a long sleeve shirt and goggles. The first one wasn't to bad, but the 2nd one exploded everywhere....

Thanks.... I might leave the CSL one black.... I also have an OEM one painted steel grey, so I can change them back and forth...
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:55 AM   #123
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question: i took my oem 325ci bumper off. i bought an oem m3 rear. does the metal bar from the 325 bumper replace the foam from the oem m3 bumper? i am a bit confused on what to do
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:15 PM   #124
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question: i took my oem 325ci bumper off. i bought an oem m3 rear. does the metal bar from the 325 bumper replace the foam from the oem m3 bumper? i am a bit confused on what to do
Yes, take the foam bar off the m3 bumper and the metal re-enforcement bar goes in it's place.
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:40 PM   #126
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I was expecting it and it still kind of scared me.... Yeah, I was wearing a long sleeve shirt and goggles. The first one wasn't to bad, but the 2nd one exploded everywhere....

Thanks.... I might leave the CSL one black.... I also have an OEM one painted steel grey, so I can change them back and forth...
Nice, that's pretty sweet actually

I think we started a new trend Chad lol everyone is gonna do this now
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sweet you guys made it even easier to understand! thanks alot
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:55 PM   #128
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Nice, that's pretty sweet actually

I think we started a new trend Chad lol everyone is gonna do this now
should have been our secret huh ....... lol
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Chad/AW330: is that gap due to the bumper flexing? Or because of the different shape due to the M3's fat rear fenders?

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Chad/AW330: is that gap due to the bumper flexing? Or because of the different shape due to the M3's fat rear fenders?

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because the m3 bumper is wider, when you remount the bumper brackets, it pulls the bumper in some by the body. YOu can't avoid it. Honestly, I looks worse in the pic than in person
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because the m3 bumper is wider, when you remount the bumper brackets, it pulls the bumper in some by the body. YOu can't avoid it. Honestly, I looks worse in the pic than in person
I hate it test mounted on my silver sedan, and I couldn't handle that gap. Looked awful on mine.

I'm just wondering if body work could help eliminate that gap completely. But if it's being caused by the bumper flexing because it's pulled in so tightly, I'm not sure if bodywork will fix that. Dammit, there MUST be a way to do this perfectly without touching the rear fenders.
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I hate it test mounted on my silver sedan, and I couldn't handle that gap. Looked awful on mine.

I'm just wondering if body work could help eliminate that gap completely. But if it's being caused by the bumper flexing because it's pulled in so tightly, I'm not sure if bodywork will fix that. Dammit, there MUST be a way to do this perfectly without touching the rear fenders.
Yeah, there is a way to do it. You would have to cut up your stock bumper and mesh it with the m3 bumper
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Yeah, there is a way to do it. You would have to cut up your stock bumper and mesh it with the m3 bumper
You mean by cutting the corners off a stock bumper and plastic-welding them onto the M3 rear right? I was hoping to avoid that too, since I can't find anyone willing to attempt that.
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You mean by cutting the corners off a stock bumper and plastic-welding them onto the M3 rear right? I was hoping to avoid that too, since I can't find anyone willing to attempt that.
Yep

There is a company in europe that does it but they won't ship to the US
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