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Old 01-29-2017, 02:12 PM   #1
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Custom lip/spoiler for stock front bumper

Hi guys.

I'm thinking about a little visual upgrade for my stock front bumper - a small spoiler on the bottom. Since I want to keep the car in "OEM+" style, I do not want to swap the bumper for Mtech or Mstyle etc. I also do not like the Alpina spolier (it is too vertical and too big, loks like snowplow). Also other spoliers which can be bought for the e46 look like they are cheap rice tuner nightmares. On the other hand - with completly stock bumper and it's shape, I still miss something on the front of my car. I want it to look a liiiittle bit more agressive. But still decent.

So I think I will have to create a custom lip myself. My questions is:

How would you create spoiler like this in DIY conditions?
I am thinking about using small pieces of duct tape from the bumper to the ground to create the rough shape(mold) and to find the right angle, and then cover the duct tape with couple of layers of fiberglass. Sand the surface to make it smooth. Then add some mounts, paint it black and consider it done.

Some visualisations with and without the lip.
(The car is not mine, found a photo on the internet - but I use it as a target-looks for my coupe).

I do not expect any performance gains from this, it is only for improving the looks of the stock front.

What do you think about the looks? Love it / Hate it? Thx




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Old 01-29-2017, 02:18 PM   #2
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Almost forgot - I have found one coupe with similiar lip on the front but I just can' t fide this type of spoiler ANYWHERE to buy.


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Old 01-30-2017, 10:17 AM   #3
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Does look cool with a lip.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:30 AM   #4
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Both of the picture/visualizations look like the added lip is tilted with the leading edge a bit forward. You might consider one that goes straight down (and maybe that's what you're thinking). I attached a picture of a Porsche 964 with a RUF valance just to show what a straight down lip might look like up close.

If your e46 isn't lowered, the front bumper probably just clears the cement block stops in parking spaces. You'd need to keep in mind to stop short of them with a lower lip, especially if you fabricate it with fiberglass.
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Old 02-05-2017, 08:17 AM   #5
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Both of the picture/visualizations look like the added lip is tilted with the leading edge a bit forward.
Hey Sansho, thanks for the image. The truth is that I realy would like the lip to be angled forwards. I somehow do not like the lips which are "flat" (vertical).

About the ride clearance - that is true - ride and park with a lip in the city might by a pain in the a**...I will have to be careful!
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:36 PM   #6
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i'm trying to wrangle up a carbon fiber lip or splitter set for my stock '01 bumper, any ideas? and i'm with perfecto on the angle part. it should be a wedge/wing shape. the hamann style is a great looking lip

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Old 03-01-2017, 01:35 AM   #7
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Is this the infamous "garage door lip spoiler"?

http://forum.mazda6club.com/interior...l-diy-lip.html

http://www.corvetteforum.com/forums/...p-spoiler.html
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