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Old 09-09-2005, 03:15 PM   #1
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M3 front retro: need definitive answer

Yes, I've searched It seems like some say it's really involved (cutting/body work or M3 fenders+hood), some say it bolts on and just needs to have the non-M3 fenders realigned using the stock brackets.

Can anyone that has retrofitted a M3 front the "bolt-on" way to a non-facelift Coupe confirm what exactly the install was like? Please post pics of the alignment at the fenders if at all possible. I have an '02 325Ci that I am wanting to install an OEM M3 front on, but really only want to do it if it does not require body work other than painting it

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Old 09-12-2005, 01:45 AM   #2
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cost me $1700 in labor
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Old 09-12-2005, 01:53 AM   #3
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That looks sweet, but dayum. I've seen several posts saying it is "easy" and lines up pretty well without any body work and more others saying it was much more involved. For $1700 in labor, I may just need to stick with a Rieger or FD lookalike

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Old 09-12-2005, 01:56 AM   #4
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Make sure you purchase a 01 M3 bumper with a CF support bar, less modifying to do and wont cost you an arm or leg
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Old 09-12-2005, 02:08 AM   #5
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Yeah, I read that thread 5x already It's not the only one I've seen saying it's not that difficult to do, which is what prompted my question. I should probably do wheels first anyway, but is there any quick way to tell an '01 M3 bumper just from looking at it or would I need to verify the P/N?

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no they look the same...

I'm sorry I dont have p/n, I ended up picking up a 02 bumper and the CF support bar separately...

Labor cost me less then $500 and they found a way without modifying the corners...I'll find out more info for you
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Thanks man, every little bit helps...and I'll keep digging around myself
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Old 10-07-2005, 03:47 AM   #9
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no they look the same...

I'm sorry I dont have p/n, I ended up picking up a 02 bumper and the CF support bar separately...

Labor cost me less then $500 and they found a way without modifying the corners...I'll find out more info for you
any new info?? I got 01 M3 bumper with CF bar for my 330CI but my bodyman says it's still doesn't align on both sides simulateniously

Cougargirl, can you pleaaase check with your shop what they've done...- I sold my OEM bumper thinking I'm set and now car chilling in the shop

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Old 10-08-2005, 01:58 PM   #10
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i have successfully put on a 2003 OEM m3 bumper without cutting, molding, or modding my fenders. It was a PITA and i would NEVER do it again, but it can be done. Has a lot to do with the brackets that support the sides of the bumper, as well as shaving off 8 inches of your bumper reinforcement on each side. I would HIGHLY recommend not going the OEM route, because unless you have an ///M, you will have a gap underneath your headlights (see my sig), even though my corners of the bumper match up with the fenders. It can be done, dont get me wrong, but soooooooooooooo wish that i bought a reiger instead!!!
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Old 10-09-2005, 11:55 AM   #11
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no problem

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I was thinking the same thing when he wrote that. Tell 'em all, "chicks can have phat whips too...don't get it twisted!"
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Old 11-13-2005, 10:56 PM   #13
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any new info?? I got 01 M3 bumper with CF bar for my 330CI but my bodyman says it's still doesn't align on both sides simulateniously

Cougargirl, can you pleaaase check with your shop what they've done...- I sold my OEM bumper thinking I'm set and now car chilling in the shop

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m3 bumper

Ive seen the threads sayin it will fit with no modifacation , thats bs either you have to shave the bumper corners or you have to bring out the fender corners no way around it , trust me I did it myself so I know.........and if you like that style it is well worth it , and you wont be happy with any other but if I was to do it again I would get the one from ebay
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Mine wasnt the oem one but it was a straight mold from the OEM one so its basically the same thing. You should have it done at a bodyshop. $1700 for labour is too much man. Mine was $300 labour/paint.
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Old 11-14-2005, 02:19 PM   #17
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I paid $800 for my retrofit including paint and shaving the front bumper reflectors off. They just played with the brackets and what not, they didn't alter the fenders of the car nor did they cut the corners of the M3 bumper off.
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I bought the ebay ABS version for $300 shipped, its an exact replica and doesn't have the reflectors that most enthusiasts will shave anyway.
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