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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 03-03-2004, 06:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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can someone help me identify what i'm supposed to drill in the rear bumper....as what i read on the strictlyeta.net, the rear bumper shocks are exposed and you can directly drill into them. However, I do not see them "exposed" and i cannot quite seem to see where i am supposed to drill. For those of you who have successfully completed this task, please help me! Here are some pictures of the rear bumper shocks. Sorry if the pictures are bad quality, they are from my camera phone
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Old 03-04-2004, 06:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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those are pics of the bumper shocks. Just drill into them, a bunch of oil will explode all over you and then you can push them in. Thats what i did on my car but i took the shocks right out and drilled from the back so you can't see the hole
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oh cool thx.....how come i can't just drill straight up for the front bumper shocks?
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I still cant figure out how to get to the front ones without taking the bumper and shocks out.
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whats the advantage to doin this? not messin your frame?
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whats the advantage to doin this? not messin your frame?
you lose most of your low speed bump protection and risk damaging your frame in a minor collision just so the bumpers dont stick out as far as they did. also in most cases the plastic around the bumper gets wavy and warped which is a real eyesore, but i can't say thats a deffinate consequence cause ive seen very nicely done bumper tucks
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wait are u guys talking about the big steel bumpers on say a 87 325? they can be pushed in? So they look like a 90?

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The thing is... the rear bumper is pretty low profile to start with, Its the fronts that hang out so much..

However why i wouldnt do the rear but only the front is, I can control how fast i stop and not hit something in front of me. I cant garuntee that for the moron driving behind me. I want all the rear protection i can get.
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