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Old 06-27-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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Another paint/body work thread (So.Cal residents chime in)

Ok, I'll try to summarize this. I'm looking to have the X5M bumper fitted to my non-M X5. It has been done on multiple occasions (..click here and here), and per the info in the first link, all that was needed for an LCI X5 is the bumper and X5M fender flare extensions (..they are shorter on the X5M than on the X5 M-Sport). If any body work is needed, it will likely be very minimal (...possibly around the area where the bumper attaches to the fender/fender extension). I'm trying to find a quality shop that won't try to break my pocketbook for this very minor conversion. My questions to the forum are:
  1. Does anybody have a recommended shop in the IE/LA/OC area that does good body work and charges a fair price?
  2. How long do you guys think the turnaround would be on a minor project like this?


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Old 06-27-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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You keep saying "minor" and "minimal" but have you done your homework... Does the M bumper line up with the original liners, undertray, etc.?

If not, would you be doing that work and you just want them to paint and fit the bumper?

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Old 06-27-2013, 08:59 PM   #5
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You keep saying "minor" and "minimal" but have you done your homework... Does the M bumper line up with the original liners, undertray, etc.?

If not, would you be doing that work and you just want them to paint and fit the bumper?

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It is minor/minimal, and YES it is obvious that I have done my homework (...hence my heavy activity on XBimmers, the associated links, etc.). It has been done multiple times. I just need a fail safe in case some minor cosmetic body work - a'la...some fiberglass work on the corners where the bumper meets the fender extension - is needed in the area that I mentioned prior. The bumpers bolt up/line up; fitment in that respect isn't an issue (...for LCI X5's; pre-LCI X5's need new fenders as well). There aren't any liners or under trays to worry about.

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The X5M's bumper line is slightly off-line from the fender; my bumper is not. That's the area that may require some minor trimming/fiberglass work. Everything else lines up and the fender extensions are an easy swap (...mine are longer/travel further down the front bumper than the fender extensions on the X5M).


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Old 06-27-2013, 09:04 PM   #6
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My old shop could have gotten that in and out in a day, people used to pre-order bumpers and we would paint them before they dropped the car off. Other shops it might take a week or more because it's 'custom work'

So, for the best turnaround time, make sure you find the best shop. I've seen a full side repair/repaint take 3 days, and I've seen a 'bumper job with minor custom tinkering' (like yours) take weeks. The one that comes to my mind is when a guy wanted an OEM RS4 bumper put on his S4. It's pretty easy to do, but these body guys are used to OEM parts and doing straight swaps, no retrofits or anything of that nature. So, some of their brains aren't as adequate to do that kind of work. Other people it's no problem and they can figure it out in a reasonable amount of time.
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My old shop could have gotten that in and out in a day, people used to pre-order bumpers and we would paint them before they dropped the car off. Other shops it might take a week or more because it's 'custom work'

So, for the best turnaround time, make sure you find the best shop. I've seen a full side repair/repaint take 3 days, and I've seen a 'bumper job with minor custom tinkering' (like yours) take weeks. The one that comes to my mind is when a guy wanted an OEM RS4 bumper put on his S4. It's pretty easy to do, but these body guys are used to OEM parts and doing straight swaps, no retrofits or anything of that nature. So, some of their brains aren't as adequate to do that kind of work. Other people it's no problem and they can figure it out in a reasonable amount of time.
Thanks alec. It's too bad your shop isn't here. See my photo area of the potential problem area above.
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