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Old 05-25-2012, 12:41 AM   #1
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Coupe hoods CAN! fit sedans

Disclaimer: Don't get technical with the word "fits" since obviously this hood doesn't fit exactly like stock hoods, but it is pretty darn close to the point where the differences are very hard to notice and in general the hood differences look better than stock to me. Let me know what you think.

*Update* I had a previous thread based on my confusion with the kidney grilles on my CF hood that I purchased. My old facelifted sedan grilles would not fit and so I ordered the next logical grilles which would be a set of pre-facelifted sedan grilles since every response I got said it was impossible for a coupe hood to fit on a sedan. Well it looks like I may have the first e46 sedan with a coupe hood on it. After having tried both versions pre-facelift and facelift sedan grilles with no success. I returned my previous set of sedan grilles and ordered a set of pre-facelift coupe grilles (due to some help from a member on here who matched his grille measurements to mine). Sure enough they fit. So now my facelifted sedan has a CF pre-facelifted coupe hood on it. Who would have known? I took pictures but I can't find the stupid cord for my camera right now. I'll try to get pics up tomorrow sometime. Just thought I'd let everybody know that it is possible to use a coupe hood on sedans. Yes it doesn't sit flush with the headlights so there are small gaps between the grilles and inner headlight section, but the upper section of the headlights actually sit closer and actually overhang the headlight by maybe 1/2 an inch. This looks better in my opinion than the stock sedan hood. The coupe hood basically brings the emblem more forward and squares up the front end more perpendicular to the ground (if that makes any sense), but honestly, once again this looks better in my opinion than the stock sedan hood look. Once I get pics up, I'm sure there will be mixed reviews and everybody can decide on their own. Just thought I would let you all know that this CF coupe hood fits my sedan.







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Old 05-25-2012, 01:02 AM   #2
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Not trying to be rude or bash you in any way. Yes, the hood technically fits BUT it doesn't fit correctly. I'm not sure if you've fully installed it and adjusted it but in the second pic you can see that the ENTIRE hood is about a half inch too big. In all honesty, it looks as if the car got into an accident and the hood was replaced but replaced with an aftermarket part.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:07 AM   #3
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Not trying to be rude or bash you in any way. Yes, the hood technically fits BUT it doesn't fit correctly. I'm not sure if you've fully installed it and adjusted it but in the second pic you can see that the ENTIRE hood is about a half inch too big. In all honesty, it looks as if the car got into an accident and the hood was replaced but replaced with an aftermarket part.
You're not bashing, it's all good man. I said this in the post, that the hood overhangs by 1/2 inch and extends out a little more than stock. I like it and perfectly understand when others don't. I got a very good deal on this hood and my stock one was complete garbage due to paint damage so I'm okay with this one.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:08 AM   #4
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Not trying to be rude or bash you in any way. Yes, the hood technically fits BUT it doesn't fit correctly. I'm not sure if you've fully installed it and adjusted it but in the second pic you can see that the ENTIRE hood is about a half inch too big. In all honesty, it looks as if the car got into an accident and the hood was replaced but replaced with an aftermarket part.
I have to agree. I'd like to see daytime pics, though.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:09 AM   #5
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I'll get some daytime pics up once it is daytime
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:06 AM   #6
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Not trying to be rude or bash you in any way. Yes, the hood technically fits BUT it doesn't fit correctly. I'm not sure if you've fully installed it and adjusted it but in the second pic you can see that the ENTIRE hood is about a half inch too big. In all honesty, it looks as if the car got into an accident and the hood was replaced but replaced with an aftermarket part.
oddly enough, that is an aftermarket part on there.

A good aftermarket sedan hood will fit a lot better than that.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:14 AM   #7
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doesnt look too bad. def need better pics thoq
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:33 AM   #8
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Pictures updated. Don't worry about hurting my feelings. The hood makes "me" happy. I just want to know what you guys think and also to let people know they can use coupe hoods on their sedans. Granted the hoods will look like this one once installed.
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:28 AM   #9
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Ok so it does somewhat fit. but I would not be comfortable doing 130km/h when my hood sticks out 2 inches.

Might want to get some hood pins...
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I still don't think too many people will go with this. The corners of the hood sticks out too far from the corners of the fender. Also, there are gaps on each side between hood and fender. This isn't like when people put facelift hoods on prefacelift sedans. Those actually fit perfectly and improve the cars look. Why don't you just get a hood that fits?
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:55 PM   #11
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I still don't think too many people will go with this. The corners of the hood sticks out too far from the corners of the fender. Also, there are gaps on each side between hood and fender. This isn't like when people put facelift hoods on prefacelift sedans. Those actually fit perfectly and improve the cars look. Why don't you just get a hood that fits?
Maybe he found a free hood on the side of the road? It could happen!
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:58 PM   #12
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The hood hanging over the edge like that would drive me nuts, but I'm not hating.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:00 PM   #13
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I really just wanted to try it out and see if it would fit. Had the option to go CF so I did. Obviously I knew it would fit differently, and I'm okay with the differences in look. Like I said, I can totally respect and see how people wouldn't want this look. I just think it's a waste if I do it and don't post pictures for others who might want to try.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:13 PM   #14
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Sorry but it is extremely obvious that it doesn't fit. Just because it will bolt down and stay there doesn't mean it looks good.

Not trying to be a dick. Sorry!
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:23 PM   #15
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I think if you had a facelift coupe hood it would fit better..... The prefacelift headlights come out more and this is why there is a gap now.

Would be interesting to see a facelift coupe hood in a facelift 4 door.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:26 PM   #16
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honestly, I think you made the car worse. put the facelift hood back on.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:20 PM   #17
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WTF is that? Looks like absolute sh*t dude. Honestly. Just being Honest here.
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