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Old 05-20-2002, 01:38 AM   #1
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clear front reflector

i've heard some bad fitment problems for the front reflectors on the board, any suggestions on which brand fits best? wheres the best place and price to get them for? thanks in advance
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Old 05-20-2002, 01:43 AM   #2
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I'd get the painted reflectors instead. Anyway, you can visit www.bimmertoys.com for both painted and clear reflectors. Not sure about the fitment of the clear ones.
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Old 05-20-2002, 01:46 AM   #3
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The have poor fitment quality. It is not an OEM product (I believe), so whatever brand you buy will be sub-par.
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Old 05-20-2002, 02:50 AM   #4
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got mine from procarparts.com , A bitch to get in - but the fit good for me!!!!
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Old 05-20-2002, 05:38 AM   #5
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got mine from bimmertoys who gets them from turner motor sports.. its a pain in the.. you know what.. anyways, i'll let u in on a secret .. when you get them and u seem to have fitment problems cut one of the prongs - there are 3.. whichever side u cut the prong from just put crazy glue on it.. worked for me i was so stupid - shouldva thought about it before spending 1 hours filing the damn thing
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Are these legal? I have asked this question before, but no one seems to answer.
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no, they are not legal..
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Old 05-20-2002, 10:00 AM   #8
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Who cares if they are legal. Seriously some of you worry too much. You are most likely NEVER going to get pulled over or even fined for it.
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Are these legal? I have asked this question before, but no one seems to answer.
No they arent legal. If your car isnt all modded out like Craig's spaceship, then you shouldnt worry about cops pulling you over just for that.

There are 3 prongs on each reflector. Use a big screwdriver, press down and run it back and forth over the prongs as much as you can to weaken them so that they will fit better later. Once you are tired of stabbing the hell out of the prongs, then place the lower part of the reflector in first. Use 2 smaller screwdrivers and press down on the prongs, then try to pop the reflector inwards to the bumper. If you get frustrated, DO NOT USE TOO MUCH FORCE!! Take a breather, calm down and try again. Once the reflector is halfway in, you can just give them a friendly tap, and it should just pop in. I installed them on all of my friends' cars, I got it down to about 5 minutes.
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Old 05-26-2002, 12:33 PM   #10
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Just wanted to thank you guys for the help, I tried to use the two screwdrivers thing and didn't work, I got really irritated so then I just bent one of the prongs back to get a hold of the springs and stretched and worked it out. Went in stubbornly but with a little vaporub on my car and the reflector, it finally went in! you guys were right, it was worth it.
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Who cares if they are legal. Seriously some of you worry too much. You are most likely NEVER going to get pulled over or even fined for it.
I won't even say anything..
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