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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 01-26-2008, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tucked my front bumper, last night!

Took off work early, yesterday, and it only took me two hours. Including cutting the side bellows and spray painting the side reflectors semi-gloss black. Since I can't afford the expense of Euro bumpers and the related bodywork, this (FREE!) option works for me. At least I can finally look at the front of my car now. U.S. bumpers are hideous.




Next up, replacing the reverse light switch and installing Hella H4 & H1 headlights.
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Put the reverse light switch and Hella headlights on, this weekend.


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Old 01-30-2008, 11:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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^^^ that pic is with the front bumper tucked??

I can't imagine how huge it was before...

Lookin' good.
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Yep... it was HUGE! Wish that I could afford Euro bumpers and all of the related bodywork on the valances. But at least my bumper ain't a foot past the nose, now. HAHAHA!
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you know you can just remove the front bumper and install just the bumper trim...looks even 100,000,000x better...
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hope alex doesnt mind me hijacking his pic
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*Disclaimer* i do not endorse running no front bumper as it is not safe

that being said i would NOT run that front bumper...lol bumper delete FTW
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Yeah, I thought about runnin' no front bumper while I had it off. But I don't prefer the look of non matching ends (rear bumper would remain intact) and I want more protection. So I decided on this. I'm pleased with it.

In a perfect world, I'd have Euro bumpers... maybe some day.
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YIKES! Just noticed that the picture I posted DOES make the front bumper rather large. Should've taken the wide angle lens off of the camera. D'OH! Oh well.

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Would be nice to have both before and after pics. Looks great!!!
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Would be nice to have both before and after pics. Looks great!!!
Okay, here's the car before... with the original bumper, side reflectors, and sealed beams.



And, here's the car from the other day.



Also put on some new center cap logos, as you can see in the latter pic.

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looked like a 'cow catcher' before eh?!
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looked like a 'cow catcher' before eh?!
HAHA!! Yep... that's puttin' it mildly.
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I had tucked my awhile back. What sucks is that I got a rear bumper from a 91 from the junkyard like last year, but I still can't find a front one
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I had tucked my awhile back. What sucks is that I got a rear bumper from a 91 from the junkyard like last year, but I still can't find a front one
Bummer... hopefully, you'll find the one that you need. Just noticed that you're in Downey, not far from me in Lakewood. I'm at the Downey skatepark a lot.
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