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Old 04-11-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any experience with the fitment of these front bumper kits. I was gonna go oem from Tischer but I can't ignore the fact that these are half the price...
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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If you are picky, OE is always best. I've heard that aftermarkets shatter/crack/split easily when hit.
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They claim its the same ABS material as oem tho. Fitment is my issue and for a 11-12 yo car I'm not trying to go too crazy.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:48 AM   #4
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OEM isn't ABS. ABS is more rigid, which makes them more prone to cracking.

Umnitzia sells a polypropylene one that is flexible like the OEM one. I would go with that if you are not going with OEM. I had the Umnitzia until I switched to OEM after I got backed into.

Also I had 2 of the ABS ones which I cracked both of. (hit a dear once and some snow the other time. Guess I have bad luck with bumpers...)

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They claim its the same ABS material as oem tho. Fitment is my issue and for a 11-12 yo car I'm not trying to go too crazy.
Chinese imitation parts are also often made of the same materials. If materials were the only criteria, then BMW could save money by using inferior suppliers. The replica bumpers might look good, but they won't fit or look like OE. Depends on how much that is worth to you! GL!
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I vote modbargains. Everything I have from them fits perfectly.
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I'm gonna check out ModBargains too. But it look like I'm leaning toward safe and sound OEM. Especially since it comes with brake ducts and all necessary odds and ends
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Our MTech 2 Replica bumpers (LINK for pre 01 build cars) are pretty much spot on fitment. They utilize your factory mounting points, and the components (grille, tow hook cover, etc) are interchangeable with the factory pieces. As Mango stated yes ABS is slightly more ridged than the factory material, but it still will flex to help protect against cracking in light impact situations, now clip a high curb or a deer at speed and it's going to be damaged just as he factory bumper would be damaged.

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OEM isn't ABS. ABS is more rigid, which makes them more prone to cracking.

Umnitzia sells a polypropylene one that is flexible like the OEM one. I would go with that if you are not going with OEM. I had the Umnitzia until I switched to OEM after I got backed into.

Also I had 2 of the ABS ones which I cracked both of. (hit a dear once and some snow the other time. Guess I have bad luck with bumpers...)

Edit: Link http://www.umnitza.com/e46-mtech-2-s...an-p-1132.html
Yeah, I'd also go with Łmnitza. It's a good price and it's the closest to OEM quality.
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I have the Umnitza one, fitment was a little finicky but looked okay, had a little gap between the fenders.
I hit a tire tread the other day lost the foglight covers, but the fitment is perfect now..
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Great quality from ECS tuning, I hve one on my car.
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Check out khoalty! Mine fit perfectly and the quality was great.
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Ok I just ordered OEM from Tischer
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Ok I just ordered OEM from Tischer

good job. oem or nothing
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Yeah, I'd also go with Łmnitza. It's a good price and it's the closest to OEM quality.
I had an umnitza bumper on one of my ZHPs and it was indistinguishable from the stock bumper. Had the car over a year and it held up perfectly.
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When you buy OEM does it come painted?
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They claim its the same ABS material as oem tho. Fitment is my issue and for a 11-12 yo car I'm not trying to go too crazy.

Yet, your signature. I think you already went too crazy for your 11-12 year-old car. What's a little more crazy gonna hurt.
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I'd go with Umnitza, I have one been on my car for 3 years and the fitment is pretty much spot on. However I did have problems with them sending me the wrong bumper initially but let's not get into that.

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