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Old 06-30-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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differences in hoods

is there a difference between facelift and pre facelift hoods? ive heard conflicting opinions. how about between coupe and sedan?
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:35 PM   #2
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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yes there's a difference. looks totally different. if you want to know what fits and what doesn't, then coupe and sedan are not interchangeable at all. facelift fits on prefacelift (not perfect fitment), but not the other way around.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:50 PM   #4
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So only a pre facelift coupe hood will work on a pre facelift coupe?
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:02 PM   #5
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So only a pre facelift coupe hood will work on a pre facelift coupe?
did you not read the two previous posts?
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:39 PM   #6
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I've seen someone fit a facelift hood on a pre-facelift coupe. It didn't line up quite right with the headlights, but it wasn't exactly awful either.

Point is, if you wanted a facelift, you should've gotten a facelift.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:08 PM   #7
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did you not read the two previous posts?
Maybe it was confusing for him to read, no need to be a jerk


OP according to what they have said. You can put a facelift hood onto a pre-facelift as long as you use a coupe hood if you have a coupe, or a sedan hood if you have a sedan.

I have no knowledge about this but according to them, you cannot put a pre-facelift hood onto a facelift car. I don't see why not though. Maybe someone will chime in.

And you definitely cannot put a coupe hood onto a sedan, or a sedan hood onto a coupe. Without modification i'm guessing haha.




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Old 06-30-2013, 09:21 PM   #8
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ha i understand what is being said, i was posting from my phone and in the time it took to post my comment, 2 more people had replied.

thanks for the info
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Maybe it was confusing for him to read, no need to be a jerk


OP according to what they have said. You can put a facelift hood onto a pre-facelift as long as you use a coupe hood if you have a coupe, or a sedan hood if you have a sedan.

I have no knowledge about this but according to them, you cannot put a pre-facelift hood onto a facelift car. I don't see why not though. Maybe someone will chime in.

And you definitely cannot put a coupe hood onto a sedan, or a sedan hood onto a coupe. Without modification i'm guessing haha.



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it's because of the headlight design on the facelifts. it makes the hood extend out more. that's why when you put a facelift hood on a prefacelift, you have that gap between the headlights.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:43 AM   #11
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For coupe pics. Need a new hood and want to go facelift, mine is rotted pretty bad. I prefer the facelift kidneys but think the facelift lights are hideous.
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The gap b/w the headlights and hood will look worse. Get a regular hood.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:09 PM   #13
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Maybe it was confusing for him to read, no need to be a jerk


OP according to what they have said. You can put a facelift hood onto a pre-facelift as long as you use a coupe hood if you have a coupe, or a sedan hood if you have a sedan.

I have no knowledge about this but according to them, you cannot put a pre-facelift hood onto a facelift car. I don't see why not though. Maybe someone will chime in.

And you definitely cannot put a coupe hood onto a sedan, or a sedan hood onto a coupe. Without modification i'm guessing haha.




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You cannot do enough modification to put a coupe hood on a sedan, or vice versa. The length of the hood (windshield to headlamps) is completely different.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:22 PM   #14
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The gap b/w the headlights and hood will look worse. Get a regular hood.
What gap?
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Facelift and prefacelift hoods are interchangeable for the most part. With some adjusting and alignment you can get a good fitment. What's not interchangeable is coupe to sedan, one is about two inches longer and they simply wont fit well.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:34 PM   #16
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Just looking for pics of said gap.
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griffin pics of gap please
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I managed to find a pic of the sedan but I need a pic of the coupe.

Facelift sedan hood on pre-facelift

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OK, Mike@Modbargains updated his photoshoot thread with his facelift hood on a pre-facelift. It's also confirmed. Facelift hood is definitely the way to go.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=445082&page=6

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Dang, flashback! Makes me miss my E46... these days I'm driving a 2012 Cadillac CTS-V sedan, quite a different car than my 2000 BMW 323Ci that ModBargains was founded, built around, and launched us into the aftermarket scene!

I think the links are dead on the pics from 2007 due to a server change. Here are the pics (I think they are the right ones):































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Old 09-25-2013, 05:08 PM   #20
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Cool car!
Is it just the pics, or is the hood riding a little higher than the fenders where they meet?

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