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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-25-2004, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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hey guys, i got one of those aftermarket M3 bumpers off ebay. The thing is, is that it said in the auction that it bolts to the stock mounting locations, but im pretty sure that, that is a load of crap, because on the bumper i got, there is only 2 mounting locations. One on each side of the bumper, and there is no moldings on the front like the reall thing. How would i go about mounting this thing? Anyone have any ideas of how it might mount up??

This is my second problem on top of the fact that it came with a huge crack in the left side, and a big chunk is about to fall off. I am in the process now of putting in a claim with the Airbourne Express to get $200.00 for the thing. Hopefully i will get that, becuase then i have someone who will fix the bumper for me for nothing, and then hopefully i can get it painted and put on, cause i really cant stand the 328i bumper anymore. I just really want to get that M3 bumper on there.

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I don't have any real advice for you. But my friends and I have learned a very important lesson. Never buy fiberglass front bumpers! Some are high quality and actually mount properly, but most of the ones I've seen (like the one you've mentioned) are attached quite poorly. When I see these cars on the highway I can see their bumpers flapping around. I avoid them like the plague because their bumpers could fly off at any moment.

You could permantly mount the bumper to the rebar. Drill holes in the bumper and attach it with screws or bolts. When that's done, try to use Bondo or fiberglass filler to fill in the holes made by the screws/bolts. Also try to attach a few screws from the inside of the fender to the bumper. It won't be an OEM fit, but those 2 mounting screws definitely will not hold long. I'd suggest selling the bumper and finding a better one. Preferably OEM if possible

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hey buddy, I almost made that mistake you just did... I have a OEM rear M3 bumper, paid just under $500 for mine, and saw those for $200. so I was gonna sell my OEM and buy the ebay cheap stuff but I asked a lot of questions only to find out they are a complete shitbox.... try and get your money back from the shippers and save up for the real M3 rear'll be wayyy happier..

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