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#1 (permalink) Old 05-19-2004, 07:37 PM
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hey guys, i bought my car with some front end damage, its only one piece, but i cannot find a replacement anywhere online. (wish i had a digicam) it's the piece that the grilles are in, and it wraps around the front. Above the bumper below the lights
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call up bavauto....
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I know the part you mean.

You need a nose panel. Searching yahoo will lead you to more results that I was willing to look through to find you the lowest price. Speedy was under 60 though.

Also, buy the 96+ nose. It is the exact same shape but the kidneys are more agressive.

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thanx guys, i could not get the name right for any searches i did. im going to e-bay right now
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Good call prez, i have been wanting to do this, but really isnt cost effective...

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I think the aggresive one started in '97...?

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I'm in the same boat. Replacing with 97+ grilles is cool. Dunno if 92-96 and 97+ nose panels are interchangeable. I plan to work on it later this year.

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look up ken baker's bmw salvage
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Lemmie know how taking it off goes, i gotta pull mine off and paint it, so many rock chips

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Originally posted by AL3925i@May 20 2004, 03:35 PM
Dunno if 92-96 and 97+ nose panels are interchangeable.
They are.

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if you guys are sure about the '97 fitting, i'll definately check it out. By the way kevin, my brother was a bmw mech. and he said there is only a couple of bolts for the piece, should be an easy job.....After i find the damn part.
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good luck. he is right, it should be very simple.

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Hey Guys...97 was the year that more aggressive grilles were introduced. However, I beleive that the grilles will fit into any nose panel made for an e36. I actually have a nose panel for sale that I was going to use, but my car was just totalled. I want $70 for it. It's primed black and ready to paint. Let me know...

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And by the way, it' s not easy to replace the nose panel. the bumper cover comes off, the head lights and blinker lamps come out and sometimes the radiator must be partially uninstalled to get to the bolts...
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using the 97 grill on a 92-96 nose results in an unsightly gap.

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good thing i haven't purchased one yet. In inches how big would you the gap can be?
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