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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 02-13-2009, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody who makes plastic bumpers for diving board style E30s.

I'm tired of my diving board bumpers, I don't have the time to make the bumpers myself and I was wondering if there was anyone, anywhere, company or individual who will/does make bolt on plastic bumpers.

Model is a 1984 318i.

I'd pay shipping, parts and labour.

Thank you, Colin.
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what the heck is a diving board bumper?
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^ the stock mid 80's bumpers on the 3 series they hang out and look like diving boards
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the AFL ones don't fit, right?
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the AFL ones don't fit, right?
AFL = After face lift?(1988+)

If so, then no they don't.

The front bumper assembly fits but the rear bumpers you need to do some cutting and drilling.
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what did gotkraut do? He's got plastic bumpers on his 325e
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oh that, yeah. well, I happen to like that look but that's just me. I am not positive but I know on the 2002's there were little shock absorbers that were attached to the inside of the bumper and the body. What people used to do to get the euro look was drill holes into these tiny shocks and let fluid drain out and then carefully press the bumper back towards the body. I could never see that logic but people did it. That might not hold up for the E30's, I don't know. Seems to me like you'd have to change other shrouding, moldings to do that...I don't know
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that's right, I use my 'diving board' bumper as a bench to change into my golf shoes at the course.
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Are there any aftermarket plastic bumpers that won't make my car look like a failed audition for the transformers movie?
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there were aftermarket body kits for the pre-facelift e30

f.e. this



which can be ordered here: Untitled Document

or this M-tech package which actually looks a lot better
84-91 BMW E30 M-Tech Body Kit.

or this Rymax Kit

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Yes, thats exactly what I was looking for. (m-tech)

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BMP Design has some very tasteful bumpers that are a direct replacement for 84-87 cars.
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Yes, thats exactly what I was looking for. (m-tech)

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