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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 04-05-2005, 11:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where can I find a fiberglass hood for my e30. I would like something that is not pin on and costs less than $300. So far, all I have found is Carbon fiber or the expensive ireland engineering ones. Also, does anyone know of any company making lightweight front bumpers for the non-M3 e30. thanks!
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Where can I find a fiberglass hood for my e30. I would like something that is not pin on and costs less than $300. So far, all I have found is Carbon fiber or the expensive ireland engineering ones. Also, does anyone know of any company making lightweight front bumpers for the non-M3 e30. thanks!
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the unfortunat thing is is that most aftermarket fiberglass hoods have problems cracking. thats why usualy people get them custom made or buy one and get a few more sheets put on it of fiber glass. however some times people are lucky and get one that is made perfect, they also usualy have problems fitting and require some to quite a bit of effort to line up properly.
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check the sites listed there, i remember seeing some fiberglass hoods but i can't remember where... they had 2 or 3 to choose from.. anyways good luck.
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Ireland Engineering are the only ones worth it.
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Ireland Engineering are the only ones worth it.
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i would ALWAYS recommend pins on a CF or fiberglass hood. I imagine if you talk to jeff he would recommend it as well. the only reason to get one is to save weight so you can go fast, and if you are going fast you do NOT want it suddenly giving way and flipping up and potentially blinding you while racing. ive seen more then one unpinned even metal hood bent up while racing when it wasnt pinned and cause a wreck.
it may never happen to you, maybe has never happend to any of your friends, but I always personally like to play it safe.
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well since the e30 hood doesnt open from the front i doubt anyone would have a problem with it flying up unless they were racing in reverse.

In other words, you failed to think before you spoke, there are 2 main reasons people buy pin-down hoods for e30.

1. they are cheaper than hoods that use factory hinges

2. its faster when trying to hurry, two pins and the whole thing lifts off
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well since the e30 hood doesnt open from the front i doubt anyone would have a problem with it flying up unless they were racing in reverse.

In other words, you failed to think before you spoke, there are 2 main reasons people buy pin-down hoods for e30.

1. they are cheaper than hoods that use factory hinges

2. its faster when trying to hurry, two pins and the whole thing lifts off
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hood pins go all the way through the hood, the stock mounting bolts do not. they can rip out. wind does crazy things at high speed. if it does the hood will hinge up on the rollers on the rear part of the hood and cover the windshield. or just shatter the windshield and the hood rips off.

from ireland engineering:"Fit all E30's including M3. Our hoods are hand laid for an excellent fit and finish. Lines and details are very crisp. They are supplied with a gel-coat finish, ready for final sanding. Weight is 14 lb. These are intended for pin mounting. Extra light versions are available. "

but, i also could just be talking out my ass.
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yea, ok, send me a pic of that.

Thank you for quoting what we can read our selfs.

If i was gonna waste my money on something that isnt going to help like a hood then i would definately spend the extra 200 bucks for a CF one. Fiberglass hoods cant be too sturdy either, in order for them to be lighter then they have to be pretty thin. Dont waste your money buying a hood when you could spend that money on your motor.
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yea, ok, send me a pic of that.

Thank you for quoting what we can read our selfs.

If i was gonna waste my money on something that isnt going to help like a hood then i would definately spend the extra 200 bucks for a CF one. Fiberglass hoods cant be too sturdy either, in order for them to be lighter then they have to be pretty thin. Dont waste your money buying a hood when you could spend that money on your motor.
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-shrug- i just dont trust fiberglass on something like that. and at ~425 for a non-pin mounted one, might as well get cf which is way way stronger and potentially lighter.
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my thoughts exactly
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Personaly I would spend the money on the engine or suspension, but if you really want a hood go for CF its much stronger and lighter.
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Personaly I would spend the money on the engine or suspension, but if you really want a hood go for CF its much stronger and lighter.
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I agree with most of what you guys are saying. The reason I am looking for a fiberglass hood is that I want to take more weight off the front of the car. I took 20 lbs off the front bumper already. I drive a 91 318is with 310hp (16lbs of boost). I already have my suspension how I want it. The car could use a diet, currently it weighs 2530 lbs; I would like to get it into the low 2400s with a full stock interior and stock wheels. It main use is as a street sleeper.
As far as hood pins, I have had many cars with fiberglass hoods. On a Mustang the pin on ones are about $150, the non-pin ones go for $259-$300. I have used them extensively and never ever had a problem with cracking or tearing of the mounting brackets. I would assume they would survive even better on the e30 since the structural integrity of the chassis and the mounting locations is much better than on a stang or even a 911.
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why didnt your thread start like that?

it would've made our lifes alot easier

i thought you were a noob
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why didnt your thread start like that?

it would've made our lifes alot easier

i thought you were a noob
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Sorry mate, I didn't expect this kind of responce. I thought you guys could just point me in the direction of a few fiberglass parts suppliers. I don't ever want to make another fiberglass bodypart again. It's a real pain. I guess Ireland is the only place then.
Thanks anyways guys.
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