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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 04-09-2006, 10:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Plastic Bumper Upgrade Problem

I decieded to ditch my huge metals and get an updated valence and bumper. I ran into a problem when i was installing the valance. The front tow hooks aparently stick out too far and wont allow the valence to go in all the way. What the hell do i need to do?
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Old 04-09-2006, 10:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Saw off the tow hooks.
Seriously.
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Old 04-09-2006, 10:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yea thats what I was thinkin about. I was hoping there was a way around it.
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dude, honestly just tuck your fucking metals and call it a day. They're already paint matched and they'll look just like fucking plastic ones.
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dude, honestly just tuck your fucking metals and call it a day. They're already paint matched and they'll look just like fucking plastic ones.
If you do that, let me know, I want your plastic ones. The 'fucking metals' are too 'fucking heavy' for my taste.
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Hell no. First of all, I already bought these, and second, they dont look the same at all. I hate the black plastic crap around the sides. And my plastic ES spoiler is falling apart.
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hey how much did you get your plastics for?
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I got the valance for $140 and the bumper/shocks/lights/lenses for $120 including the mounting hardware.
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I got the valance for $140 and the bumper/shocks/lights/lenses for $120 including the mounting hardware.
Sweet! Where'd you get it all?
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cut off the hooks, passenger side bumper shock is traded so you can screw in new tow hook when in need.

here's my 87 cabrio with upgraded bumpers, reused lip from old valance as iC ones do fit, early coupe and sedans lips are too short for late valance.

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That lip looks absolutely awesome on the late model valence. Very unique too.
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That lip looks absolutely awesome on the late model valence. Very unique too.
thanks man,

sanded and sprayed with Krylon Plastic Specific paint, like 3 coats, waited 15 + minuts per layer.

will have to swap to slim lip if i lower her.
a friend's iS lip came off as he pulled away from my driveway, it was a late style valance and lowered cabrio. :
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I'm not a huge fan of the plastic bumpers...I kinda like the shiny metal look...but that's just me...
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Then Euro bumpers are still more attractive than the bucktooth driving boards.
I agree though, I prefer not to have plastic on BMWs.
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bah, tucked metals are where it's at. Tucked and painted body color.
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