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View Poll Results: what you guys think of shaving off coupe side moldings?
YEAH WILL LOOK CLEAN N HOT 17 32.69%
NO will look stupid 35 67.31%
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Old 02-28-2003, 02:35 AM   #21
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no! looks like a honda accord coupe
how does a e46 look anything like a honda accord coupe?...
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Old 02-28-2003, 02:51 AM   #22
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Keep em on

It would look a little too naked without them

side moldings look better... as long as they're painted

maybe try to fit the flat m3 ones on
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Old 02-28-2003, 03:08 AM   #23
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moldings? where
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Old 02-28-2003, 03:58 AM   #24
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the sides of the car..in the middle of the door.
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Old 02-28-2003, 08:49 AM   #25
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I say leave it. It looks funky without the side molding IMHO.
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Old 02-28-2003, 08:59 AM   #26
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If you haven't noticed - our cars look EXACTLY like Accords. ;-)

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Old 02-28-2003, 09:33 AM   #27
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i think it totally break up the lines of the car shaving the molding.

how does d choe get in the damn car with no door handles.

tell me he crawls through the trunk every time
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Old 02-28-2003, 10:15 AM   #28
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leave em on........or paint them........u wanna shave anything, do the door handle, now that looks
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Old 02-28-2003, 06:07 PM   #29
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shave before you go see some girls, otherwise let it be hairy.
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Old 02-28-2003, 06:29 PM   #30
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shave before you go see some girls, otherwise let it be hairy.
Is that why your name say sick in it

We are talking about molding here too funny.

I say leave it Amit.
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Old 02-28-2003, 06:36 PM   #31
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can someone tell me how exactly does shaving the door handles work ?? How does the door open ??
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Old 02-28-2003, 07:31 PM   #32
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If you haven't noticed - our cars look EXACTLY like Accords. ;-)

actually, I believe it was honda that copied BMW in this case...
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Old 02-28-2003, 07:38 PM   #33
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Looks better with the side moldings.
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Old 02-28-2003, 08:25 PM   #34
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can someone tell me how exactly does shaving the door handles work ?? How does the door open ??
Well, to make it short. It's basically from what i understand is two mechanism. One mechanism puts on the cable/rod that opens the door like if you were to use the handle. And another mechanism pushes the door open a bit so you can pull your door open. All via control of a remote control. But, if your remote were to die or ran out of juice, then you're sh!t out of luck. Better hope you have an extra remote. And another thing is that, I believe that shaving the door handle in California is against the law. Not like having no front plate, but it is considered unfair for the driver and its passengers. Since if you were to get involved in an accident, no one will be able to help you if they can't open the door from the outside right? And I was told that it's a hefty fine for a fix it ticket. No quickie way to fix it except to replace the door. But this shaving the door handle has been done many times before especially among the "ricers" so to speak. But hey, do what you want cuz it's your car and you have to drive with it at the end.


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Old 02-28-2003, 09:05 PM   #35
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leave it, you'd be surprised how well those moldings keep other doors from hitting your car. repainting one mold strip is cheaper than a door.

besides, i like the moldings, it works well with the lines of the car.
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Old 03-01-2003, 01:57 AM   #36
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shaving the side molding takes away the line flow from the rear bumper to the front bumper. If you look at where they placed the side moldings, it flows in a perfectly straight line from the fron of the car to the back. To shave the moldings would make the cars's lines stop abruptly and look odd. Keep the moldings I say.

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Old 03-01-2003, 03:40 AM   #37
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I wouldn't shave the moldings...they are there for a reason..to protect the rest of your door from door dings...unless you plan on parking around nobody all the time...you're just ASKING to get door-dented without them.
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Old 03-04-2003, 11:19 AM   #38
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thanks everyone taking all your replies into consideration

and for the few that in on the confidential plans of what actually is going on with my car during all this time ...SHHHHHHHHH:tongue:
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Old 03-04-2003, 11:49 AM   #39
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HHAHA, really!! Share your plans. I know you're gonna shave them huh?? hahah...pictures...pictures. I'll try to post mines if i ever get a digital camera. HAHA.

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Old 05-31-2011, 11:08 AM   #40
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Old thread but I was looking at doing this and found this photo
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