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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 04-21-2005, 02:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i'd was wondering if anyone could give me instruction on how to do a bumper tuck in the front and back for a 87 325e
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Old 04-21-2005, 10:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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www.r3vlimted.com i think thats the site but its really easy om my front i used a 10mm allen wrench and a hammer to get of the bolts hammer was to losen them cause on the directions it says to use a spray and let it sit on them overnight. after that pull bumper out and disconnect turn signals the shocks are right under the high beams mine bolts were a size 13 i think so take out those bolts remove shocks. Then get a drill a hole in them towards where they connect to bumper i believe then if you have a clamp or a table mounted vice it would really help on front shocks i tired everything else on them and it didn't work. after that oil or foammy oil will come out so becareful i would wear googles while drilling and crushing them down. after down with front place shocks back same way takin out reconnect turnsignal to bumper and place bumper back on. to do back is super super easy i wish front was this easy. you look under back and you will see the shocks right there in front of you drill closer to the body of you car depending on how far you want them in i drill as close as i could get to body oil squirted out everywhere when i finally got it thru make sure you go thru. i made the mistake of thinkin "hey the oil came out, i can push them in now" WRONG!! make sure air pressure is out if you have to get a really long nail and make sure it goes thru where u drilled after you have done that r3vlimited will tell you to back into a wall screw that im not hurting my baby!! what i did was just kicked it in not constant kicks i placed myself between to cars back against the other car and legs against bmw, had the bmw close enough where legs were bent between them and then just straighen them bumper went in easy OIL MAY STILL COME OUT BECAREFUL do that to both sides in rear and you will be fine.

Theres a DIY for Tucking Bumpers
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Question?

What is the reason you would want to ruin your bumpers
ability to absorb impact?

Or are you just metering it to a shorter stroke.

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Old 04-22-2005, 01:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ok now the bumpers and bumper shocks are only good to absorb up 2 a 5mph crash anything above shocks and bumper can't do nothin for you, so basically your ruining your car bein able to take a 5mph crash and most crashes are usally above 5mph. doing this will not hurt it
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Anyone have before and after pics of the tuck? I am considering it, but want to see how it looks first. I know it probably doesn't look as good as the European style, right?

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Old 04-22-2005, 05:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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it doesnt look anything like euro bumpers, but it doesnt look bad
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Old 04-22-2005, 10:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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"so basically your ruining your car bein able to take a 5mph crash and most crashes are usally above 5mph. doing this will not hurt it "

Thanks 88 , That clears it up for me .

5 mph crash ? Hey I do that backing my truck around at the
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I always did kind of like the diving board look.......

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Old 04-23-2005, 07:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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heres some pics but some are blurry
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umm have you ever heard of focusing the camera before you shoot??? just a suggestion for next time bro :P
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I had to tuck my bumpers in order to put the body kit on it was fun i got to crash into a wall after i drilled the shocks ghead
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Originally posted by RealBMW 02+Apr 23 2005, 04:42 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(RealBMW 02 @ Apr 23 2005, 04:42 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-guywithblack88e30@Apr 22 2005, 05:11 PM
heres some pics but some are blurry
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umm have you ever heard of focusing the camera before you shoot??? just a suggestion for next time bro :P
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Not fair, man. He might have a Fujifilm A120. Piece 'o shit extraordinaire. I know because I sell them at work. I feel for him, either way.

Why would you destroy the classic bumpers of an older 3 series by punching them into the car? You want it to look like that, just get some later model e30 bumpers.
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Old 04-25-2005, 11:14 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Nostaticatall+Apr 21 2005, 07:19 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Nostaticatall @ Apr 21 2005, 07:19 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'>Question?

What is the reason you would want to ruin your bumpers
ability to absorb impact?

Or are you just metering it to a shorter stroke.

Thanks
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ok now the bumpers and bumper shocks are only good to absorb up 2 a 5mph crash anything above shocks and bumper can't do nothin for you, so basically your ruining your car bein able to take a 5mph crash and most crashes are usally above 5mph. doing this will not hurt it
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You'd wanna do it for cosmetic looks, honestly i like my 325e metal bumpers, except the rear. Which is why i might do a plastic bumper conversion. I was thinking of custom E36 rear, but cosmetics is last for me.

Anyways that bumper yes TECHNICALLY 5mph bumps, but in real crashes it does prevent a lot of firewall damage, and the fact that our cars are metal.....(i've killed 2 hondas :-D)
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my digital camara is only good for pics at night or mid after noon when Sun is out it sucks, but indoor its fine or night or noon.

and as for bumpers im sure everyone would love to have plastic bumpers but there freakin expensive unless you get lucky at the junkyard i would rather have plastics too but sometimes this is fine for awhile or looks better then metal bumpers thats why i have it pushed in and painted gloss black
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