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Old 01-21-2015, 08:23 PM   #1
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Question Sedan side skirts fit on coupe?

I seem to be ripping side skirts off a lot more often than expected during off-track excursions. Well coupe side skirts are as much as twice the cost of sedan skirts so if I don't have to waste the money, I'd rather not.


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Old 01-22-2015, 12:43 PM   #2
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Please give us a call, we have mtech side skirts for a very reasonable price. Coupe only fits coupe.
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:29 PM   #3
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That has nothing to do with my question. Please keep the soliciting out of my thread.
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the Sponsor above it appears is just letting you know that they have M-Tech 2 side skirts for coupes inexpensive. Also "coupe fit coupe". since your only reason posted to go sedan skirts is cost, this seems helpful and appropriate.

don't know if they would fit. but I do recall coupe skirts being a tad longer when put on sedans. so it would seem that sedans skirts should at the least of issues be shorter on coupes. also not sure if the shape allows them to fit coupes as sedan skirts are much tighter fitting and contoured closer to rails.

seems your bigger issue is fixing why you are tearing off side skirts in the first place..
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:31 PM   #5
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The above sponsor is just trying to make a buck. His coupe skirts cost 25% more than the sedan skirts. So of course he's going to tell me sedan skirts won't fit on a coupe. If they did, he wouldn't be able to price-gouge like he is.

Beside, $220 for skirts is not cheap nor reasonable. I can get some used M3 skirts for less than that.

As far as your comment about me needing to fix my issue - if you're not crashing, you're not trying hard enough.
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The above sponsor is just trying to make a buck. His coupe skirts cost 25% more than the sedan skirts. So of course he's going to tell me sedan skirts won't fit on a coupe. If they did, he wouldn't be able to price-gouge like he is.

Beside, $220 for skirts is not cheap nor reasonable. I can get some used M3 skirts for less than that.

As far as your comment about me needing to fix my issue - if you're not crashing, you're not trying hard enough.
you don't know what you're talking about. Coup skirts don't fit sedans and vice versa. Quit making yourself look like an idiot.
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If coupe skirts fit on sedans with so much ease, why exactly am I an idiot for expecting vice versa? Or are you just an employee of a sponsor looking to price gouge some more people?
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dude, take a chill pill. yes, the sponsor is trying to make a buck, but it's sponsors that make this site possible. if you don't want to buy from them, then don't. also, if your concern is the cost of replacing your skirts, then spend some time to remove them before going to the track. yes, it may be a hassle, but so is having to purchase and replace skirts every once in a blue moon. lastly, if you think crashing is part of tracking, then either buy a beater car dedicated to tracking, or just allow your car to look beat up. what's the point of spending money to replace skirts only to destroy them again at the track in the future?
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If you want to drive a beater around the track, that's your prerogative. Don't tell me what to do with my car.
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:19 PM   #11
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If you want to drive a beater around the track, that's your prerogative. Don't tell me what to do with my car.
what are you, 16? no one is telling you what to do, i was merely making suggestions cuz it appears your main gripe is the cost of replacing your skirts. also, with your attitude, no one is gonna want to help you--not in this thread or any other threads you'll ever make in the future. my impression is that your motivation for making this thread is two folds: 1, you want to brag to people that you track your car, and 2, you want someone to tell you "yes, the sedan skirts fit the coupes." so fine: YES, sedan skirts fit on the coupes, so go order some from 1 or our sponsors and destroy them months from now at the track...

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If you want to drive a beater around the track, that's your prerogative. Don't tell me what to do with my car.
The bottom line is that coupe and sedan skirts are different. I was going to be more precise so I looked up the wheel base and discovered that all E46s have the same wheel base, coupe, convertible, sedan, and wagon, so I do not know why the skirts are different. That is, I can't say what it is that makes them different because logic says that they are the same length if the wheel base is the same, and the wheel base is the same unless my Bentley manual is wrong.

Personally, if you are taking your car offroading on track day, then maybe side skirts are a poor choice for you, or maybe your side skirts should be made from rubber or something that is able to change shape instead of breaking. I once had a friend that made his own side skirts from conveyer belt rubber. It actually looked pretty good, and the material survived the occasional forays into the great outback. He attached some angle iron to the bottom of his car, and made cuts where it had to bend to follow the body lines. then he attached the conveyer (conveyor?) belt material that was cut to about 1/2 inch from the roadway. Pretty ingenious set up,and it gave him the ground effects he was looking for. His car was black, and the belt looked pretty good when he applied ArmorAll or tire dressing to it.

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Taking your daily driver to Track Day will turn it into a beater faster than any other kind of driving, so if you want to drive a beater everyday, that's your prerogative.
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The above sponsor is just trying to make a buck. His coupe skirts cost 25% more than the sedan skirts. So of course he's going to tell me sedan skirts won't fit on a coupe. If they did, he wouldn't be able to price-gouge like he is.



Beside, $220 for skirts is not cheap nor reasonable. I can get some used M3 skirts for less than that.



As far as your comment about me needing to fix my issue - if you're not crashing, you're not trying hard enough.

You are wrong. If you're crashing, especially frequently enough to need extra side skirts, then maybe you should work on your technique and/or your cars setup. Ive track my sports cars hard at least 10 times every year for the last 8 years and I've never ripped a side skirt off or even had to replace anything other than tires and brakes. Part of being a good race driver is knowing the limits of you and your car and being able to take it too that limit without tearing the **** out of your car.

Oh, and your attitude sucks. You need to work on both your people skills and your racing skills.
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Your car is invisible. Whether you have skirts on it or not is irrelevant. No one can see if it's a beater car or not.

On topic though: logic says that if coupe skirts fit on a sedan, then sedan skirts would fit on a coupe. Whether they look good or not is another story, since the coupe skirts on a sedan leave around a 5mm gap(?). Now, I'm not sure if they DO FIT for sure, so do that at your own risk.

P.S. everyone in here is trying to help, and your attitude is quite crap in understanding what other people say. My opinion is that if you're ripping skirts off your car, or crashing it enough in a track session or as you said (Off-track excursion), which sounds like you're offroading to my ears, then why are you doing it in an E46. You'll be wasting money replacing parts you otherwise wouldn't destroy on a more capable/appropriate car.
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P.S. everyone in here is trying to help, and your attitude is quite crap
Help who? Because it's sure not me they're trying to help. So far there have been 2 on-topic answers - but yet again they're filled with more crap - including yours. I don't care about your opinion of my driving style. I don't care about your opinion of my attitude either because my attitude was just fine until some door-to-door salesman tried to sell me something I didn't ask for. If this was a WTB post, it would have been in the classifieds.

If you don't know what's involved with putting sedan skirts on a coupe, then your post is nothing but a means to inflate your own ego.

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dude they won't fit. either the sedan or the coupe is longer. probably the coupe.

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Beside, $220 for skirts is not cheap nor reasonable. I can get some used M3 skirts for less than that.

As far as your comment about me needing to fix my issue - if you're not crashing, you're not trying hard enough.
oh sorry i didn't catch that you were tracking and breaking the sideskirts off. i was thinking you were dumped extra low and hitting speedbumps that were ripping them off.

for what it's worth Khoalty sells both their Sedan M-Tech II side skirts and the Coupe ones for the same price. $185 pr.
but as you probably know M-Tech II sedan and M-Tech II coupe are different looking designs. so this info might help some but doesn't help if you're thinking of buying used and retrofitting. good luck
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Help who? Because it's sure not me they're trying to help. So far there have been 2 on-topic answers - but yet again they're filled with more crap - including yours. I don't care about your opinion of my driving style. I don't care about your opinion of my attitude either because my attitude was just fine until some door-to-door salesman tried to sell me something I didn't ask for. If this was a WTB post, it would have been in the classifieds.

If you don't know what's involved with putting sedan skirts on a coupe, then your post is nothing but a means to inflate your own ego.
This is a community of enthusiasts. If you want help you're going to have to play nicer then that. No one here is required to help you, if you keep acting like a jerk even the nicest members aren't going to bother. People might not be giving you the exact answer you want, but they are helping.

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While the wheelbase is the same on all cars, the portions before and after the wheel openings is longer on some cars than others. You must match the door-count for aero kits.
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Help who? Because it's sure not me they're trying to help.
Keep going, because soon you'll be pulling in others from other posts to diss you. Oh, I get it; everybody else is wrong, and you're right! Makes sense to me.

Coupe and Sedan are completely different bodies sharing no parts in common. Nothing from one fits the other.
Can read Bentley to learn that.
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