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Old 12-16-2008, 03:05 PM   #1
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Vorsteiner hood on M3 - fitment issues

Looking for some advice....

I have an M3 Vert e46 2004. My installation shop is having issues with fitment including -

the Front kidney grills.
The washer grill
the front stabilizer strut bar.

I am told by Vorsteiner, and the vendor that sold me the hood, that the front grills need GLUE (Silicon) to attach them to hood? and that the other grill (with the windscreen washers) needs modifying (sanding) before it can fit in the hood... and THEN it also needs Glue to attach?

So - any of you fellow Vorsteiner folks give some advice - confirm how to install and any trick and tips. basically my installers are now refusing to install the grills as they dont want to apply glue to the hood. (a fair position I think).

Also - I have the Agency power bar strut under the hood. But... the Vorsteiner will not close with it on!? I (think) I may be able to angle the bar (so that it follows the line of the hood) and that may work.. but.. again.. the shop wont do this in fear of damage to the hood. Any advice? i.e.. do I need to go back to an OEM strut bar?

If ANYONE can help... as unfortunately... the manufacturer have not been a tremedous help, and the body shop have told me to remove the car tomorrow (without the grills in place). - so obviously I will have to install them myself. Note - I am in the Orlando area, in case someone knows how to fit them or can recommend an installer.

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Old 12-17-2008, 08:45 AM   #2
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Wait, Vorsteiner said to glue the kidney grills on? Was that a joke? Who sold you the hood?
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:57 AM   #3
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Nope - no Joke.... I have spoken to Mike Tran at vorsteiner at length (folks feel fre to call him to confirm).... And ...yes,... VORSTEINER make it very clear that I need to use an expoxy glue on all the grills in order to attach them to the car. Apparently the clips on the OEM set up doesnt work on the carbon fibre (I assume due to thinkness). SO.... as mentioned - and it appears in some earlier posts... YES -vorsteiner sent me directly from California and Vorsteiner have stated that the grills are indeeds 'glued' (expoxied) onto the car!...plus - as mentioned... the washer grill is in fact not going to fit unless I take a dremmel to it...



Im with you... I was shocked... especially having all the work done on the car.. plus the cost of the hood... but.... that's just the way it is.

Vorsteiner... perhaps a little more research and user friendliness in the product...

And... perhaps... TELL THE CUSTOMER about these things prior to selling the item!

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Old 12-17-2008, 12:11 PM   #4
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Wow thats rediculous and unheard of. I've never heard about anytype of glueing involved for the grills and washer grill by vorsteiner you would think for the price they should have that figured out? Whats the point of having a CF hood if you can't put everything else that is suppose to go on it?

Hope everything works out bulldog...someone on here should be able to confirm this.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:22 PM   #5
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Thanks - I will try tomorrow to get the parts mounted. Neither Vorsteiner or the vendor are quick to respond with support or assistance, and the shop refused to do any work to the hood today..... so... I have the car back with a pile of parts to add myself. this includes

1. the kidney grills.. which vorsteiner admits needs 'expoxy'
2. the washer gril.. that needs sanding and expoxy
3. I had to remove my agency power strut.. as it wont allow the hood to close!. and.... (another little gift when I picked the car up..

The hood emblem can not be mounted on a vorsteiner... as the holes on the hood for the emblem are not drilled out... so I dont no whether I can drill small holes for the emblem or.... whether I cut the posts of the actual emblem and 'expoxy' this too!

anyway - ..... I have had a hideous... and 4 month journey with this saga... including... them sending a broken hood, then the worng hood... and now this!

should have stuck to OEM!
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:58 PM   #6
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Something must be wrong because if it took all that to mount a $1k+ hood, people would be b1tching endlessly and everyother thread here would be about this topic.

I haven't heard such issues with hoods from Euro Spec and they are in the replica business.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:03 PM   #7
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Actually - If you look on M3 forum there are some serious threads with compliants about the same issues of fitment, including expoy on the grills, dremeling the washer grill... etc. I wish I had done my reach prior to forking over the money. its been 4 months... and I now have the next few days to try to take care of this myself. As said - anyone wanting the full story... feel free to speak to Mike tran at vorsteiner.....
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Damn. I almost bought a hood from them. I hope there aren't these issues with their trunk lids and diffusers.
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Old 12-18-2008, 12:31 AM   #9
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you can either use double sided tape or you can glue on your kidney grilles in.

as far as the washer grill goes... it should just snap into place? that's how mine is installed... it just snapped into place

again with aftermarket parts... there are some times when a little dremeling or sanding is required to get the perfect fitment you are looking for.

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