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Old 09-09-2004, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When you look under the car there is some sort of covering that runs the length of the car, i dont even know what kind of material it is, but is coming off because it looks like its really easy to rip where it gets bolted on to the frame.. what is it and how important is it.. doesnt even look like it was put together to withstand much..
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Old 09-09-2004, 02:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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See if u can post a pic dude... Might b able 2 help then...
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Old 09-09-2004, 02:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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without a pic of what you're talking about im going to say exhaust heatshield.
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Old 09-09-2004, 02:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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that sounds bout right, sorry for no pic, sitting at work and it just popped into my head..how important is it, dumb thing is starting to come off where it ripped through the bolts holding it on
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Old 09-09-2004, 02:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If it is the heat shield thas hangin off, i wouldnt let it fall off completley coz its probably loads to replace it n that exhaust gets pretty hot. C if u can re-attach it. Other than that it'll probably just rattle round a lot on top of ur exhaust...
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yes, it WILL begin to rattle if it falls off enough. It's very annoying.
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why is this such a flimsy piece? i'll fix it with a zip tie when i get home.
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ziptie could melt...
If it's right above the exhaust and looks metalic, that's the heatshield. It's job is to protect the rest of the body from absorbing the heat from the exhaust pipe.

If it's the heatshield, see if you can use a big washer on the bolts you were talking about to help hold it together. If not, try zipties I guess... but you don't want your car to always smell like burning plastic do you?
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i say heatshield too..............but i wanna know how you flipped the ? in your title?
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It could be that aero underpiece originally used on M3s...
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Heatshield sounds right

hes doesnt hav an M3. i was thinking the aero piece or any piece like that that is protection for the underside of your car, except those dont usually run the length of the car
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Does it look plastic?....if so I just ripped mine off..cuz when you look at it sideview it hangs and looks really fugly.
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Its the heatsheild I got the same problem, the bolt which was holding it rusted off, so not it just rattles.
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Old 09-10-2004, 07:26 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I will post a pic later this week.. im always stuck at work.. but the damn thing is a flimsy material.. i will put this mystery to rest once the pic is up. thanks al for you help..
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