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diving boards to plastic

i have an 84' 318i with metal bumpers "diving boards" is it possible to swap them out for plastic bumpers or do they even make plastic bumpers for this year and model?



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yep i use to have diving boards, heres a stock pick when i got my car

the deal is the front valance and bumper bolt right up, the rear you have to cut the side sections and take out about 1 inch, then plastic weld it back together...then repaint...heres while it was drying

the rear is a big chore, but i love it...heres the finished product

so i skipped the rear valance weld up conversion but thats what this write up starts with, you can skip that part, still looks good either way...

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as another option, in case you haven't heard, you can "tuck" the metal bumpers so they don't stick out as far.

for my car, I personally like the chrome/black combo so I'd rather tuck the bumpers than put plastic ones on.

Just throwing it out there as another option.

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as another option, in case you haven't heard, you can "tuck" the metal bumpers so they don't stick out as far.

for my car, I personally like the chrome/black combo so I'd rather tuck the bumpers than put plastic ones on.

Just throwing it out there as another option.
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Listen you little kanuck, I don't know what life's like up in your little igloo...but don't you be blowing me anymore kisses...at least not until you buy me a drink first...

It's a rather large and sumptuous 2 story igloo, thank you very much. That's all it's gonna' take? One drink? JACKPOT!

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i did the tuck first as seen here, pulled off the bumpers, covered the chrome in black vinyl then reinstalled rubber strip, drilled the shocks then remounted...

gave it the E28 M5 bumper look cause they were diving boards painted black...i cheated and used vinyl

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Kyle, have you ever gotten any flak for having yellow high-beams?

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nope why would i?? its completely legal, in fact im going to redo them, with the lows and highs yellow...

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how hard would it be to just tuck them?



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how hard would it be to just tuck them?
Not Hard, at all, I think you need to somehow drain the fluid in the hydrolic shocks or whatever is behind the diving board and then basically use a tree or something that won't move easily and bump into it to compress them. You might want to do a little searching 1st (i'm sure e30tech.com has some info if there isn't anything here) on the proper procedure but it shouldn't be too hard.


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nope why would i?? its completely legal, in fact im going to redo them, with the lows and highs yellow...

ive never gotten anything but compliments to be honest
That's good to hear...I installed my E-code w/yellows for my low/high beams and haven't gotten any grief for it so far, that's fine by me. I know the E-codes aren't DOT approved, but I doubt a cop would be able to notice from their cruiser anyways. I don;t know yet if I am going to do the highs in yellow or not. I do love the E-code lenses though...soooooo much more light on the road!

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here is a link to tuck:

strictlyeta.net /// technical /// exterior /// aluminum bumper tuck

from what I have found wear saftey glasses because you might get a money shot from the bumper shock.


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