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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 03-23-2006, 08:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 86 325 front end to a 90 325 front end is that possible???

I was wondering if theres a bodykit for a 86 325 that makes it look like the 1990 325. witch covers the ugly big crome bumper and the rear.
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There are a few kits that do literally what you said, fit over the driving boards and sort of look like the newer bumpers. But they're still bigger than the original bumpers since they have to fit over top of them.

It's possible to just mount plastic bumpers on an early chassis, though.
Done quite a lot, actually.
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^^ yeah, what he said. It's pretty much plug and play for the front. The back might take a little bit of fabrication.
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diving boards can be pushed in -- you take them off, compress bumper shocks then put them back on ... a cheaper alternative ... not sure how safe it is in case of accident tho.
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c'mon, we're talking about an '86. The only driver safety thing that MY '86 has is ABS (not working presently), and seatbelts. We don't even have an airbag (ftw!!). Besides, how much better can the plastic bumpers be?
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You can just buy new bumper shocks and pull the boards back out if you have a baby. Or want to sell the car to someone. Can't imagine you'd want to have those things visible for any other reason.
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I would check out ebay for some post-88 plastic bumpers and front valence. And also maybe an infinity lip spoiler to give it a sexier look.
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Ok cool, yeah thats something i really wanna look into doing so if anyone has done it could you give me more information on like what i need do and what i need to get
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hey JoeMadoo, where did u get the smoked tail lights i cant find them anywhere??
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He gave you a link in the second post. It's the blue type up there. Click on it.
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I smoked them myself. I'm thinkin about selling them and getting different ones. If you'd like to buy them let me know
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I dunno....make me an offer...
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Im not sure beacuse i think i might end up smoking my own. but if i dont ill get back to you about yours if you still have them.
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Alright. I just did a few light coats of flat black and a few top coats.
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