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Old 10-25-2012, 07:41 PM   #21
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After consulting with several users here, decided to have shop drill 3 holes from underside of grill to the reinforcement bar. Got home and had to adjust the ends that meet fender because shop said fit was due to aftermarket bumper. Now there is still noticeable gap under the headlight area. Do i need to raise the bumper or just put foam inserts on top of the reinforcement bar? Thanks.
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:35 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by AMCINK View Post
A) Need to remove the metal carrier
B) Need to remove the plastic holder form your old bumper
C) Need to glue the plastic holder to the new bumper
D) Then install the metal carrier

Brought back from the dead. Whats a good glue to put the bumper holder onto the bumper? Is there another way?
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:35 AM   #23
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What about this bumper? http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E46-M3-S...81624623&rt=nc

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Old 08-28-2014, 11:30 AM   #24
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I went through this process a month or so ago. Here's what i wish i knew the first time.

1. that bumper looks fine.
2. Make sure you also get the following, both 330ci front lower fender well plastics. The sides of the bumper attach here and it is more secure if these are new or newer. Also the M3 radiator intake shroud. it uses a different one than the stock bumper. M3 brake ducts if you can. not an absolute must but does help.
3. You don't need to remove the old metal reinforcement clips from the old bumper. you can glue the new bumper to the metal clip. you just need to call 3m and make sure you get the glue specifically for gluing aluminum to plastic.
4. The process is a pain but looks really nice in the end.

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