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Old 02-11-2006, 06:18 PM   #1
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The Sedan Bumper Reflector Mod

Ever notice how the e46 coupes look wider and lower to the ground compared to sedans?. Compared to an XI sedan and it becomes even more apparent. One of the main differences between the coupe bumper and the sedan bumper is that the coupe bumper has two reflective strips on the black part, where the sedan has none. So, thats where this DIY comes into play. Its simple, cheap, and effective (atleast in my eyes).

First, get a sheet of red reflective vinyl, sold at many auto accessories stores, or you can grab a sheet on ebay for a few bucks, thats what I did. Then, cut it into the right size to fit the black part.

Height I used was 140mm. (note, sedans have a ridge right in the middle of the black strip.)


Then, Measure both sides of the black strip so the two vinyls are placed in the same positions on both sides. (one being off center would make it look horrible)




Finished:

Its cloudy outside and the picture is on a cameraphone, so the picture doesn't show it very well, but its a pretty big difference for a few bucks and a few minutes. Enjoy
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:56 PM   #2
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Very well done - looks great. As an aside, it's not your imagination - the coupe's body is in fact lower and wider than the sedan.
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:58 PM   #3
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All coupes have Sport suspension not all sedans do, thats why
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Old 02-12-2006, 12:08 AM   #4
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Interesting, but why would you ever wan't to do this to your car? Everybody always wants to get rid of their reflectors...
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thats exactly what i was thinking. everybody else is paying to get black painted ones to eliminate the reflection. if you wanna be lower, save up and lower your ride.
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Old 02-12-2006, 12:53 PM   #6
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I know it seems kinda weird, but imo, it looks better that way.

If i could, i'd actually buy the red reflectors from the coupes and put it on my sedan, but they don't fit so its not possible.

Yea, i'm one of those kids that loved having the reflectors on their bikes as a little kid. :p
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:22 PM   #7
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i think it looks cleaner without it but if thats what your into i'm all about the cheap mods
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:27 PM   #8
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it does kinda look cleaner without it but hey its your car mod it how u like
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:42 PM   #9
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haha, yea. cheap mods is where its at!. Well, one of the plus'es from this is, its another step (although very small) to make my car stand out from the millions of silver bmw sedans that are around here.

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Old 02-12-2006, 09:40 PM   #10
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thats exactly what i was thinking. everybody else is paying to get black painted ones to eliminate the reflection. if you wanna be lower, save up and lower your ride.
It really stands out in the back.
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Old 02-12-2006, 09:47 PM   #11
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I know it seems kinda weird, but imo, it looks better that way.

If i could, i'd actually buy the red reflectors from the coupes and put it on my sedan, but they don't fit so its not possible.

Yea, i'm one of those kids that loved having the reflectors on their bikes as a little kid. :p

my car came with painted rear reflectors, I actually like the look of the OEM red reflectors so I switched them back to stock.
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