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Old 10-23-2013, 12:28 AM   #1
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Molding CSL Splitters ~ OEM /// Bumper

My car is at the shop and this is a perfect opportunity to play with some semi custom ideas on the front bumper. I can't part with my fogs, so I can't go with a csl bumper. I really like the status gruppe 1 piece lip and the CSL style splitter. But I have a dilemma, I don't like the pasted on look.. especially from the side and edges.

So i'm going to have my body shop mold the CSL splitters on to my bumper. IMO the lip will flow better with the bumper. Also the splitter will level with the bumper.

Example on Ray's car. He molded a Vorsteiner 1 piece lip on his OEM bumper.

 photo csl8.jpg

What i'm trying to do (my car is apline)
 photo csl3.jpg

 photo csl2.jpg

 photo csl1-1.jpg

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Non molded and not level.
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What do you guys think?
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:33 AM   #2
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Even if you have the shape cut into the bumper its still going to give you that pasted on look. Would you consider doing a full-mold? Blend it into the bumper then either fully paint them or expose a certain amount if it. This way it looks like a part of the bumper.

Edit: Just remembered you are doing the full 1-piece splitter, that will look fine because of the way it lines up with the bottom of the bumper. I'd say go ahead and cut into your bumper, that will look much better than the 2 splitters.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:38 AM   #3
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I've seen a full mold + paint.. it looks odd, not contrast and it extends the flow of the bumper. I think I like the semi mold because it eliminates the gaps and provides a backer for the splitter to rest on.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:48 AM   #4
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Even if you have the shape cut into the bumper its still going to give you that pasted on look. Would you consider doing a full-mold? Blend it into the bumper then either fully paint them or expose a certain amount if it. This way it looks like a part of the bumper.

Edit: Just remembered you are doing the full 1-piece splitter, that will look fine because of the way it lines up with the bottom of the bumper. I'd say go ahead and cut into your bumper, that will look much better than the 2 splitters.

Actually, I'm going with the 2 piece splitter.. I will have to cut/shave the bottom of my bumper to level the splitters. The contour of the bumper will naturally bring the inside edge of the splitter downwards.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:05 AM   #5
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I'm not sure I understand the concept of molding the splitter, then leaving the carbon exposed. Kind of defeats the purpose of molding it.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:39 PM   #6
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Will it look better? Sure but I'm not sure its worth all that effort and $. Its still going to look like an afterthought. The thing I always noticed about CSL splitters on OEM M3 bumpers is that they are never fitted properly and they tend to droop on the insides of where the opening of the bumper is. That always looks funny and makes them look worse. If you can shave yours down and attach in some way to be more steady I think you'd be better off.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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The pic's above show molded vs non molded.. IMO the molded splittler looks clean
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Will it look better? Sure but I'm not sure its worth all that effort and $. Its still going to look like an afterthought. The thing I always noticed about CSL splitters on OEM M3 bumpers is that they are never fitted properly and they tend to droop on the insides of where the opening of the bumper is. That always looks funny and makes them look worse. If you can shave yours down and attach in some way to be more steady I think you'd be better off.
Yup, the contour of the bumper will cause that to happen. Shaving and adding a backer (mold material) will place the splitter level with the bumper.
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I actually really like the molded 2-piece CSL splitters.

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