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Old 04-21-2005, 02:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Two questions:

What is this part called? Is it easily and cheap replace and is it connected to the front bumper at all? I want to get rid of that ugly dent, but I think it would easier to buy a new one than to pop that one out...

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Also, what do you guys think of Dinan parts?
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Originally posted by Phrozen@Apr 20 2005, 11:39 PM
Two questions:

What is this part called? Is it easily and cheap replace and is it connected to the front bumper at all? I want to get rid of that ugly dent, but I think it would easier to buy a new one than to pop that one out...

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Also, what do you guys think of Dinan parts?
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It looks like it should come off, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't... It would probably be cheaper to just get it fixed anyway.. not more than a couple hundred maybe?
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Nose panel and I've seen new ones unpainted for around 85-100 bucks. And yes it comes off, have to take out headlights and bumper to remove it I believe.

Dinan parts are awesome but expensive IMO. Too much for me which is why I don't have any dinan parts and don't plan on using many of them in the futrue.
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It's called a grill panel and it dose unbolt
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i had this replaced on mine. Nose panel and you can get one for about $50. The front bumper and headlights have to come off to remove it. I would go to a shop and get an estimate for them to repair the current one. It shouldn't cost more than $200, which would be cheaper than replacing it outright.
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body shop it man. worse case scenerio, they give you a quote on just the nose panel to get paited, then you can do the rest yourself.
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ALSO, a nice little upgrade by removing that piece is replacing it with a bolt on piece that has the 97-99 look which is slightly mroe agressive. Take a look at someones 97+ e36er and you wil notice that their grill looks slightly wider ont he top than the bottom and giving a more agressive look.

Whatever you decide, good luck!
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ALSO, a nice little upgrade by removing that piece is replacing it with a bolt on piece that has the 97-99 look which is slightly mroe agressive. Take a look at someones 97+ e36er and you wil notice that their grill looks slightly wider ont he top than the bottom and giving a more agressive look.

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Awesome! I notice the difference between the two now and the 97-99 part does look alot better, and I think I'll definitely look into getting that, how much do they cost to get? And where can I get them?

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I would of thought anywhere that sold them (sorry seeing as im in the UK I havn't got a clue where you'd go) they should sell both pre & post face lifts panels. Just make sure you ask for post face lift, and new kindey grill while your there. Price? I'm not sure, but they really arn't expensive. And if I were you i'd stick it in a body shop. The panel isn't hard to get off but if your going to get it resprayed I would of though it would just be easier to leave it to them.
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Part mfg+15% is about $85. Most nice mechanics will call you on it for $100-120. Any more, and you're buying a new sphincter.
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PS - that part seems to crumple REAL easy.
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