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Old 12-12-2006, 10:33 AM   #21
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:18 PM   #22
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:13 PM   #23
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Very good post for everyone to know.

Interior Trim works for coupe and sedan ? (Manual)
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Old 12-12-2006, 09:24 PM   #24
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Very good post for everyone to know.

Interior Trim works for coupe and sedan ? (Manual)
INTERIOR TRIM:

- interchangeable between all prefacelift/facelift coupes & M3.

- interchangeable between all prefacelift/facelift sedans.

- i'm pretty sure that dash trim (the three or four pieces that travel across the dashboard and run by the LCM and Radio) is totally interchangeable (coupe, sedan, vert, prefacelift, facelift - whatever).

- door trim is NOT interchangeable between sedan and coupe - reason being that the pieces are totally different shapes.

- coupe and sedan/vert shifter trim is different.

- something is different between coupe and vert trim, but I don't know off the top of my head.

So basically, about a third of the trim parts are interchangeable... it's complicated though.
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Old 12-13-2006, 04:55 AM   #25
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Old 12-13-2006, 06:41 PM   #26
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:21 PM   #27
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how about M3 seats, put them in my 330xi, fit perfectly, no problems. I did have to switch the seat belt buckle with the original.
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Alright, here are just a couple little things..

TAIL LIGHTS:
- DO NOT FIT SEDAN
- Totally interchangeable between M and non-M coupes, or M and non-M verts (however, coupe tails are different than vert tails so they are not interchangeable between body styles).
- No modifications necessary.
I hope this does not sound nit-picky, but I think it's important to make a side note on this one for those not knowing. Although the early M3s had easily swappable clear tail lamps(filament bulbs). Most M3s will have the LED clear tail lamps. So unless the Coupe is already fitted with LEDs(like the non-Sport Pacage coupes with amber LEDs) there will be several things/modifications that need to be done. First the 2 outter rings for the "Brake Force Display" will not function and be inoperative(only thing to do is to splice them in, or buy an aftermarket inertia trigger). Also one would need one or more of the following; The correct Light Control Module, a reflash for LEDs, the LED cable/wire adapter, resistors hooked up inline, and/or check system fuse pulled. Otherwise those M3 tail lamps will throw fault codes, strobe and flash rendering them unsafe and non operative.
Once again, not taking anything away from Alec's great work, but I feel this is an important point to someone reading this info for the first time to know what to expect.
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Remember, facelift coupes have different grilles, hood, and headlights. So an M3 hood won't fit a facelifted coupe.

Great write up. But why do the M3 front bumper retrofit when you can buy one from EuroSpec for $350?
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Most of the OEM M3 parts will not fit a sedan. Believe me, I have tried to fit the hood, fenders, etc.

The instrument cluster was actually one of my favorite mods. You are correct about the parts that don't work and the tamper dot. My dealer says that my actual mileage can be programmed into mine and the dot will go away. The only reason I haven't done that yet is because I have a new motor, so the mileage wouldn't match anyway. =\

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Remember, facelift coupes have different grilles, hood, and headlights. So an M3 hood won't fit a facelifted coupe.
Actually, the hood itself should fit just fine. The only problem is that the shape around the headlights is different so there will be a little gap around that area. With about $100 of custom work it'll fit and look just like OEM
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I have a facelift hood on a pre-facelift sedan. It will work the same way for coupes.
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side question: are the 330 chrome kidneys interchangeable with the 325 black ones? both prefacelift
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I know i am beating this to death, but...
is there any way to get the coupe headlights into a sedan w/o loosing the curved line between the headlight and corner light?
do i need hood, trim or fender mod?
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I know i am beating this to death, but...
is there any way to get the coupe headlights into a sedan w/o loosing the curved line between the headlight and corner light?
do i need hood, trim or fender mod?
Yeah, you should be able to get it to work. The only differences between the coupe and sedan headlights are the outer headlight lenses, corner lights, and inner trim. Assuming all the bracketry and dimensions are the same, all you'll need is a fender reshaping. The hood should be fine..
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Mmmmmmm, how about the one piece headlight from a coupe to a sedan?
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Mmmmmmm, how about the one piece headlight from a coupe to a sedan?
That's probably a little bit harder, but try privatemessaging MITE46 about it, he did it in his 332i project.
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BRAKES:
- No modifications needed except for custom caliper carriers to support the bigger calipers and rotors.
So the rotors will install onto the hubs? Nice.

So the stock M3 calipers won't work? Can the custom carriers be purchased anywhere?
Has anyone actualy performed this mod?

What about the baking plates? These are presumably larger as well since the disc diameter is larger.

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So the rotors will install onto the hubs? Nice.

So the stock M3 calipers won't work? Can the custom carriers be purchased anywhere?
Has anyone actualy performed this mod?

What about the baking plates? These are presumably larger as well since the disc diameter is larger.
Yeah, the rotors should work just fine by themselves as far as I know. The stock calipers or M3 ones should also work just fine, all you'll need is the custom caliper carriers. I know there are at least two people here who have done this mod... I have no idea who though.
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