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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 04-05-2004, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice about putting 1991 e30 bumpers on a 1988. Is it hard to do this? Where can i get bumpers? thanks.
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I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice about putting 1991 e30 bumpers on a 1988. Is it hard to do this? Where can i get bumpers? thanks.
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The '88's should have the same bumpers as the 91's. 87 and older had the big bumpers. It takes a lot of work to do this swap, it is not a matter of just changing the bumper. I personally wouldn't atempt this unless you have a lot of body repair experence and the proper tools and body parts to change. If you really want the newer bumpers just sell your car and get a newer one with the different bumpers.
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Goodness, sell the car just to get new bumpers?
If they're the same sub-generation, why would it take so much work?
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actually 88's are pretty much a direct swap with no custom body work or fabrication needed, just paint and bolt on. 84-87's require cutting and custom trim in the rear, but it's still do able
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yea, they started making the taller lights in 88. so i didn't see y it would be too much trouble. Thanks a lot guys! now the next step is getting the newer bumpers...anyone have any suggestions?
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Bavarian Autosport will have new replacement parts, if you're going for top quality with less budget in mind.
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yea, they started making the taller lights in 88. so i didn't see y it would be too much trouble. Thanks a lot guys! now the next step is getting the newer bumpers...anyone have any suggestions?
call Bavarian Auto Recycling (if nothing turns up locally), i once was quoted $100 for the rear bumper and $400 for the front bumper, valance, and lip.
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My mom and dad hit my car in the same day and it required a new bumper.....When that happened I went to a German Car junk yard in Maryland, however they are all over the country.....Just dont let them rip you off. It did require painting.
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