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Old 02-14-2014, 10:07 PM   #1
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GTR Vented Bumper and Fenders + Extras (LONG)

Updated pics as of 04/20/14

And done...

















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If you want to see the build process, continue to view the posts below!

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Just wanted to start a thread documenting some work I have been doing on the side.

I've always loved the look of the GTR style venting on the OEM bumper and fenders. It's pretty rare for them to come up for sale and not a lot of body shops around me were willing to do this for me so I said screw it, I'll do it myself.

Because my fenders and bumper I have now are in great shape, I purchased used bumpers and fenders to work off of because I don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to bodywork and if I screw up, at least it's on spare parts.

I did a lot of researching and figuring out what supplies I would need and set out with a handful of precise measurements also known as, eye balling from a dozen pictures I printed off online :lolhit: and had at her.

Project is far from done but at least it might help some people it.


Parts measured and marked....











Primary tools for cutting after....




Cutting and bending....I made sure they were the same front and back, but basically the "vent gap" on the top is 2" and the bottom is 1.5"











Showing what needs to be trimmed off the rear bumper brackets to clear the vents....




Rear vent pieces cut and adhered. Parts were cut from another donor BMW bumper to maintain similar plastics







Teaser picture #1 with the new AGT diffuser. Diffuser has been shortened by width as can be seen by the two primer spots. It is now somewhere in between AGT and Varis width





Many steps of sanding and filling and primer to make eveything smooth and seamless....But getting there!!!






Teaser picture #2 - Floss. Hood will be fully painted less the vents...Like everyone else :p




More progress on post #21
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:21 PM   #2
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:42 PM   #3
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your cuts look very precise. At first i thought it was going look very "rigged" but turned out great with the paint. I'm not a fan of the GTR look, but i wouldn't be able to tell the difference and i'm sure you saved alot of money. Please post pics with the finished product on the car. Very well done!
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:47 PM   #4
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I need to see this in person when all said and done ! Looks awesome. Hopefully summer time when your down in vancouver !


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Old 02-15-2014, 08:38 PM   #5
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your cuts look very precise. At first i thought it was going look very "rigged" but turned out great with the paint. i'm sure you saved alot of money. Please post pics with the finished product on the car. Very well done!

Definitely understand. It's hard to tell in the pictures but I wanted to make sure the curves were as smooth as possible, following the factory wheel flare arches. Saving money on this is huge! But I love to learn as well so it's a win win.

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I need to see this in person when all said and done ! Looks awesome. Hopefully summer time when your down in vancouver !
Definitely this year! I plan to attend a few more shows down that way this year. Last year I was at RevScene and Driven to Perform.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:38 PM   #6
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Finished the bumper tonight. For the vent openings, I don't like leaving them open and I want to sort of maintain the OEM look. I am buying a spare factory front grille and cutting that up to sue in the vent openings in both the bumper and fender.

Filling




Sanded down/Blended




Both sides down. The lines may look "wavy" but it is just the picture, the are in fact a constant curve following the body line of the factory fender flares.




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Old 02-15-2014, 08:39 PM   #7
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Plates cut and welded onto the fender. Not the prettiest, but it works and is solid.




The process of filling and blending!





And as of today this is where it sits. I am going to fill the vent holes with a cut piece of the OEM front grille so it looks sort of OEM like and matches my bumper grille. More to come on that.






:jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop:
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:39 PM   #8
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Spent some time to assemble the diffuser properly. Goes together pretty good. Going to change some of the fasteners and what not but basically this






Removed my fenders in anticipation to test fit the modified ones to make sure there is clearance and to also roll and pull the fenders a tad bit out





Fender isn't fully bolted on or adjusted as this was just to check general fitment and then do some rolling. Things are looking well so far



Updated as of April 3rd,2014

Well great news! All my stuff has been finished now. I'm in the process of slowly picking up the parts. I picked up the fenders today and completed the vent grilles. I had painted them matte black. I am more then ecstatic of the turnout so far. I'll let the pictures do the talking.









Tomorrow I'll try to get around to picking up the rear bumper and doing the grilles too and assembling the bumper brackets back on it. I'll try to get the hood as well before the weekend. It's all looking amazing though!
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:40 PM   #9
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Well. Big weekend! Grabbed my bumper and hood! I made the grilles for the bumper and test fit everything before tightening down. Everything is on now minus the rear under diffuser. The hood still needs minor tweaking, but overall it's great!!

I cannot explain in words how happy I am it has turned out. After the hours and hours of work... It's an amazing feeling seeing plans come to fruition. With the carbon black paint, I like how some angles it's completely inconspicuous, yet at other angles it's very obvious.

Thanks for the support along the way! I'll update more pics eventually when I get better proper pics taken and not with my iPhone :p


The amazing hood..








Test Fit!!






Headlight washer delete! :thumbsup2:






Bumper Off!






The bumper and before and after pic!







Test Fit!






Done! (Sort Of)







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Old 02-16-2014, 06:51 PM   #10
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:55 PM   #11
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:20 PM   #12
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:55 PM   #13
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:27 AM   #14
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:28 AM   #15
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Amazing work! Love the GTR look. Subscribed. Cant wait for more updates!
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Sub'd for the final product. Looks great so far man, quality work.
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Wow! I'm really not a big fan of non-functional vents/scoops, (Love that functional diffuser!) but that is beautiful work! Turn those into actual functioning air extractors and I'll be 100% sold on everything you did top to bottom. It looks amazing and is super clean work.
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Thanks guys!

Not a lot of work has been done as my schedule has been busy but I've updated Post # 8!
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