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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 01-17-2014, 11:13 PM   #1
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Bumper removal pre 10/01

I'm having hard time finding info how to remove a bumper on a m3 produced before 10/01. I need to do some work behind it so it has to go for now. Mine was manufactured on 07/01. There are two screws in each fenderwell and a few underneath. Do I have to take the bumper mesh off to get at the connecting to the bumper? they aren't torx, they are phillips heads.
These diagrams don't do much help
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:54 PM   #2
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You don't need to take off the mesh. Jack up the car, there are two holes with two long torx screws hanging down which will need to be removed.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:58 PM   #3
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You don't need to take off the mesh. Jack up the car, there are two holes with two long torx screws hanging down which will need to be removed.
That's it? I thought that was how to take off the bumpers on the 02+.

I know there are some screws in the fenderwall and underneath it but someone said it was a little more involved
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:42 PM   #4
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the 01 uses an aluminum carrier. after removing all screws from under the bumper and the fender wheels from the bumper... there are 2 long ASA bolts (about 6") under the bumper. there are 2 round holes (about 1.5" diameter). remove these long bolts with a 10mm socket (i think). now your bumper should pull right off. but be careful, as there are still wires and water hoses attached to the bumper.

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