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Old 02-20-2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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Umnitza M3 front bumper question!?

Hey, I just got off the phone with a umnitza rep as i wanted to purchase an m3 front bumper for my 2001 325i sedan. The sales rep told me its a pain in the ass install because the mount is totally different. Has anyone here bought the m3 bumper for there sedan? If its a hard install and the fitment looks off, maybe I'll just go with the mtechII bumper or maybe order from khoalty? Anyone with knowledge, please help. Thanks!
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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Also why would they sell a m3 bumper for a sedan only to tell me it's not a good choice? Lol doesn't make sense...
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:27 PM   #3
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If you read what they write at the bottom it says something along the lines of, these bumpers don't come with brackets... have to use adhesive to put on thus reflecting the low price.

Then if you read the mtech and csl ones, they use brackets to hold on instead of an adhesive that you'd have to apply, but of course those are more expensive.

I was looking into the exact same thing you are but that install/adhesive has me very worried + I'd like to add the CF splitters which I'm not sure you can do on the Mtech bumper unless you add the arqay lip but that fvckers expensive
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:31 PM   #4
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If you read what they write at the bottom it says something along the lines of, these bumpers don't come with brackets... have to use adhesive to put on thus reflecting the low price.

Then if you read the mtech and csl ones, they use brackets to hold on instead of an adhesive that you'd have to apply, but of course those are more expensive.

I was looking into the exact same thing you are but that install/adhesive has me very worried + I'd like to add the CF splitters which I'm not sure you can do on the Mtech bumper unless you add the arqay lip but that fvckers expensive
Thanks dude! Didn't see the full description? Guess I might have to go with mtech! Where are you buying yours from?
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:39 PM   #5
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I'm not sure right now. For what I want, it'd be 335$ from Khoalty and 333$ from Umnitza. But umnitza will paint yours for an extra 150$ which would be better for me since every place around here is so expensive. Also noticed Khoalty sells the CF splitters for the Mtech on their site for 110$. So indecisive right now...
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:42 PM   #6
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I'm not sure right now. For what I want, it'd be 335$ from Khoalty and 333$ from Umnitza. But umnitza will paint yours for an extra 150$ which would be better for me since every place around here is so expensive. Also noticed Khoalty sells the CF splitters for the Mtech on their site for 110$. So indecisive right now...
Mtech or m3? Where r u located?
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:45 PM   #7
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Was looking at the Mtech II bumper. I just REALLY want the M3 bumper because I love the look of the strassentech lip on it, if only Khoalty sold a legit one that doesn't use adhesive i'd jump on it..

But I'm in Palos Verdes (So Cal) by torrance/san pedro/redondo beach
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:49 PM   #8
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Not far from me. I'm in Burbank! I just picked up my e46 two week ago. What color is yours? I have a few connects to paint shops. Maybe we can get a good deal if two are painted.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:51 PM   #9
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Was looking at the Mtech II bumper. I just REALLY want the M3 bumper because I love the look of the strassentech lip on it, if only Khoalty sold a legit one that doesn't use adhesive i'd jump on it..

But I'm in Palos Verdes (So Cal) by torrance/san pedro/redondo beach
Not far from me. I'm in Burbank! I just picked up my e46 two week ago. What color is yours? I have a few connects to paint shops. Maybe we can get a good deal if two are painted.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:54 PM   #10
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guys if you are thinking about the mtech2 bumper (which Im going to do once the winter is over) look at this thread. Tons of detail.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=848926
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:54 PM   #11
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Nice, mine's TiAg. I'm actually having this guy paint my mirror cover up in montclair who does excellent work, he helps out a lot of fanatics on this site with paint so i could just use him again for it. Either way I don't know what I want to do. Maybe just buy an M3 bumper and retrofit it or something.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:20 PM   #12
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guys if you are thinking about the mtech2 bumper (which Im going to do once the winter is over) look at this thread. Tons of detail.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=848926
Wally, good post! Thanks for all the info! Is there anyone here that can vouch for umnitza's bumper paint jobs! I have a silver sedan and I know silver is a common color but I want mine spot on!
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Wally, good post! Thanks for all the info! Is there anyone here that can vouch for umnitza's bumper paint jobs! I have a silver sedan and I know silver is a common color but I want mine spot on!
I PM'ed them and asked if a paint job was primnig painting and clear coat and they said yes 150$ for painting the front bumper. Im still not quite sure if "150$ for painting" means the whole deal, but a 150$ bumper paint job should be a pretty good one I would think. I mean you can get a pretty whole car paint job from maaco for like 400$ (then again thats a pretty crappy job).

Idk when I get my mtech bumper Im going to try any get a combo deal for paint and install and maybe save some money. Idk if you are going to try to install it yourself, if you are then maybe have them paint it. It will be more convenient.
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Assuming they're good fitment and they don't send you the wrong one, it should be a pretty straightforward job to install.
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Assuming they're good fitment and they don't send you the wrong one, it should be a pretty straightforward job to install.
Have you ever installed a front/rear bumper or side skirts? I am trying to save as much money as possible so if there is a good DIY somewhere for installation let me know. I just dont want to mess it up and have it cost more in the end.

Will I need a lift/jacks for installation?
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:21 PM   #16
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Search the DIY section of the forum.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:24 PM   #17
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Installation isn't difficult look it up. Don't have a close up of the bumper for fitment but here is a recent shot to give you an idea.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:25 PM   #18
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Assuming they're good fitment and they don't send you the wrong one, it should be a pretty straightforward job to install.
I spoke to Matt from umnitza and he said the mtech2 is an easy DIY install so it being pre-painted is okay. Now with the m3 bumper, he(Matt) suggest that it's unpainted cuz of the work trying to put it on.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:29 PM   #19
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Installation isn't difficult look it up. Don't have a close up of the bumper for fitment but here is a recent shot to give you an idea.
Really? Matt from umnitza made it seem like it was a super hard task. Did you put your m3 bumper on yourself?
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:45 PM   #20
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Removing the front bumper is straight forward and simple. It's just some screws and rivets and off it goes. Then just reverse the process. Just have to make sure fitment is good. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go towards khoalty though, but not 100% certain yet
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