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Old 04-21-2017, 06:40 AM   #1
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E46 M3 Bumper Variations

So I know that it is a common modification to change out the stock 3 series bumper with the M3 bumper. I personally like the look of the M3 more, so I've been looking to get one.



I see listings like these on eBay all the time, good price IMO

But the more I look around, why does it seem like some bumpers look more boxy compared to others that look more curved? Look at these two as a comparison:


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Looks nice and curved,


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Looks more boxy and flat

Idk if I'm just going crazy, or the angle of the shot is just making it look like that, but I feel like these cheap eBay bumpers may be slightly different styling from the actual M3 bumper.
Like I said I'm not too sure, what do you guys think?
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:50 AM   #2
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Fairly certain the top picture is of an actual M3 since it's for the M3 Strass style lip they sell. It looks curvy because it fits right. M3 has wider fenders. You have to pull in the ends of the bumper when putting it on a non-M to make it match the fenders. Makes it look like the car has an under bite, which is why I personally don't care for it.
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:10 AM   #3
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Fairly certain the top picture is of an actual M3 since it's for the M3 Strass style lip they sell. It looks curvy because it fits right. M3 has wider fenders. You have to pull in the ends of the bumper when putting it on a non-M to make it match the fenders. Makes it look like the car has an under bite, which is why I personally don't care for it.


Whoops, just noticed that, here is a picture of a regular 3 series with a bumper that seems to fit well.
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That's because of the angle and perspective of the photo. I've seen plenty of these in person and it makes it look like the car has an under bite. The front of the bumper protrudes and gets sucked in unnaturally where it meets the fender arches.

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Old 04-21-2017, 08:57 AM   #5
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That's because of the angle and perspective of the photo. I've seen plenty of these in person and it makes it look like the car has an under bite. The front of the bumper protrudes and gets sucked in unnaturally where it meets the fender arches.

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Absolutely agree with this.

Without the fender flares and additional M3 bodykit components, and the M3's more aggressive stance, adding an M3 bumper makes the E46 look very chin-heavy. No thanks.
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The non m E46 cars look way better with the mtech2 bumper


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Funny how opinions have evolved around here. Back when I first joined (when dinosaurs ruled the earth) the M3 bumper was the hot bumper to have, especially when the first ones came out for non-M (prior to that, some people modified a factory M3 bumper). Somewhere along the line (while I was taking one of my hiatuses) the MtechII became the hot bumper to have, although the REALLY hot look was the MtechII with the Arqray lip. Now the Acqray (or rep) lip seems to have generally lost favor.

The second M3 has a lip added to the bottom.

Me? I eschewed all this and went REAL old-school with my Hamann rep airdam. When I first joined, that was the hot bumper combo that has almost been forgotten. There are a few other airdams (lips in current speak) that are available as reps on eBay as well.
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Funny how opinions have evolved around here. Back when I first joined (when dinosaurs ruled the earth) the M3 bumper was the hot bumper to have, especially when the first ones came out for non-M (prior to that, some people modified a factory M3 bumper). Somewhere along the line (while I was taking one of my hiatuses) the MtechII became the hot bumper to have, although the REALLY hot look was the MtechII with the Arqray lip. Now the Acqray (or rep) lip seems to have generally lost favor.

The second M3 has a lip added to the bottom.

Me? I eschewed all this and went REAL old-school with my Hamann rep airdam. When I first joined, that was the hot bumper combo that has almost been forgotten. There are a few other airdams (lips in current speak) that are available as reps on eBay as well.


Thanks, I think I'm going to go with the M-Tech II bumper instead, looks a little more natural


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^I continue to enjoy the fact that MTech1 flies under the radar for most E46 newcomers.
+1, my favorite for non-M cars.

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Thanks, I think I'm going to go with the M-Tech II bumper instead, looks a little more natural


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I'm kinda an Mtech II bumper for non-Ms. i especially don't like the flow of M3 on sedans and the bumper trim not matching.
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^ I regretted putting the m3 bumper on my car.... should have went with m-tech 2 right away. Would have saved me some money.
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Yep, M tech II bumper all the way

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The M3 bumper may look better on facelift models, but it seems to look a little weird on prefacelift

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The M3 bumper may look better on facelift models, but it seems to look a little weird on prefacelift
interesting comment considering the M3 has a "pre-facelift" front and the bumper was made for that car.
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I know, you'd think that it would make more sense on a prefacelife, but I think facelift makes the underbite look less noticeable because the kidneys are farther away from the bottom of the car


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The preface lift bumper for the coupes was always my fav. Especially with the Hartge rep lip or the ACS rep lip. I only say "rep" cause most people won't pay $700+ for the real ones when you can get ABS rep ones on eBay for $120 shipped. The facelift non-m bumpers are way less aggressive looking
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The preface lift bumper for the coupes was always my fav. Especially with the Hartge rep lip or the ACS rep lip. I only say "rep" cause most people won't pay $700+ for the real ones when you can get ABS rep ones on eBay for $120 shipped. The facelift non-m bumpers are way less aggressive looking


Is that the one that sort of looks like the M3 bumper but in a "3 series" sort of way? The two fog lights are "connected" to the bottom vent across the bumper?
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