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Old 04-12-2013, 06:50 PM   #661
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Im having a hell of a time installing my side skirts, anyone know any tips or tricks? Its been like 3 hours, i feel like a dumbass lol
Well, first thing is to make sure you have the M3-specific side skirt clips. Without those (for sure) only the (1) front and (1)rear clips will fit in. Other than that, should be straightforward.. a few clips aren't used on the skirt
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:34 PM   #662
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Well, first thing is to make sure you have the M3-specific side skirt clips. Without those (for sure) only the (1) front and (1)rear clips will fit in. Other than that, should be straightforward.. a few clips aren't used on the skirt
I purchased all M3 clips, im assuming i need someone to help me? Also did you put the clips on the car first or did you put the clips on the skirts first?
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:52 PM   #663
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I purchased all M3 clips, im assuming i need someone to help me? Also did you put the clips on the car first or did you put the clips on the skirts first?
Put the clips on the skirts first, but make sure that everything lines up. Coupes and sedans share a few clips, but not all. That applies to both - the clips on the side, as well as the push rivets on the bottom.

On mine, I just eyed it out and called it good when I had more than 4 clips holding my skirt up. I rocked it with only 2 clips per skirt for 3 years or so, because I was using my OEM sedan clips and that's all that would fit.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:05 AM   #664
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Put the clips on the skirts first, but make sure that everything lines up. Coupes and sedans share a few clips, but not all. That applies to both - the clips on the side, as well as the push rivets on the bottom.

On mine, I just eyed it out and called it good when I had more than 4 clips holding my skirt up. I rocked it with only 2 clips per skirt for 3 years or so, because I was using my OEM sedan clips and that's all that would fit.
Are you using all the clips now? I purchased 22 clips and some did break lol
If you're still using two clips how come yours doesnt look wavy at all?

One side skirt is on but its wavy because i need to clip it properly, im going to try again tomorrow, hopefully i can get it on easy
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:09 PM   #665
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Are you using all the clips now? I purchased 22 clips and some did break lol
If you're still using two clips how come yours doesnt look wavy at all?

One side skirt is on but its wavy because i need to clip it properly, im going to try again tomorrow, hopefully i can get it on easy
When I was using OEM 328i clips (the ones off my stock skirts) I only had the front and rear clips in.

Now, since I got M3 clips, I have 4 or 5 clips in per skirt. Plus a few on the bottom, whatever fits.

The only thing that you need to know is, certain clips will NOT line up, and you need to make sure that those clips aren't installed. My skirts were kinda wavy with the stock 328 clips, and still are, only because I raped them trying to get everything to fit right away.
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would the m3 side skirts make it look much differaint ?
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:09 PM   #667
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would the m3 side skirts make it look much differaint ?
I think so.

But... that's for you to decide
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are those m3 skirts you have on yours? dose it make it look lower and look wider?
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:03 PM   #669
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are those m3 skirts you have on yours? dose it make it look lower and look wider?
Yes sir, mine are OEM M3 skirts.

The stock non-M side skirts swoop inward, which causes the car to look taller and narrower. M3 and Mtech skirts both have nice little flares at the bottom to accent the lines of the car
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i have mtec2 body kit is that the same
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i have mtec2 body kit is that the same
no they're different
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:10 AM   #672
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Jesus man, do some research!

This is not the thread to be asking these kinds of infantile questions
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this is a bmw forum init so thats why am asking ..if its too much trouble they why are you here
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I hope this does not sound nit-picky, but I think it's important to make a side note on this one for those not knowing. Although the early M3s had easily swappable clear tail lamps(filament bulbs). Most M3s will have the LED clear tail lamps. So unless the Coupe is already fitted with LEDs(like the non-Sport Pacage coupes with amber LEDs) there will be several things/modifications that need to be done. First the 2 outter rings for the "Brake Force Display" will not function and be inoperative(only thing to do is to splice them in, or buy an aftermarket inertia trigger). Also one would need one or more of the following; The correct Light Control Module, a reflash for LEDs, the LED cable/wire adapter, resistors hooked up inline, and/or check system fuse pulled. Otherwise those M3 tail lamps will throw fault codes, strobe and flash rendering them unsafe and non operative.
Once again, not taking anything away from Alec's great work, but I feel this is an important point to someone reading this info for the first time to know what to expect.
Any one know where I can get any of the parts or reflash mentioned "the correct Light Control Module, a reflash for LEDs, the LED cable/wire adapter, resistors hooked up inline, and/or check system fuse pulled. Otherwise those M3 tail lamps will throw fault"
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this is a bmw forum init so thats why am asking ..if its too much trouble they why are you here
It's not too much trouble, I'm answering your questions. All I'm saying is that the last 20 posts in this thread have been you asking noob questions, instead of me answering the specifics of putting OEM M3 parts on a non-M. If you want to ask a broad variety of subjective questions on mtech and M3 parts, you can create your very own thread. Instead you've chosen to clutter up my 300k+ view thread that I made in 2006.
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if I knew the difference I wouldnt be asking and if you answered I wouldn't be asking 20times and clutter up your thread right :o
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if I knew the difference I wouldnt be asking and if you answered I wouldn't be asking 20times and clutter up your thread right :o
That's why I suggested using the 'search' feature prior to asking questions from hence forth
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Just need confirmation, if i currently have the sport steering wheel on my 02 330ci, I can purchase an M3 steering wheel without an airbag and use mine?
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Just need confirmation, if i currently have the sport steering wheel on my 02 330ci, I can purchase an M3 steering wheel without an airbag and use mine?
correct. an '02 330Ci uses the "round" airbag which is the same for the M3
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