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I know this forum has many genius minds who can think innovations. I appreciate your thoughts and feedbacks on the following option that I have been thinking for a while. I have a 2002 540i BMW. I was thinking of filling the lower bumper area with a suitable mesh or billet grill to look close to either a M3 or M5. I have been exploring various sites that make custom grills for this purpose. Unfortunately, I haven't encountered with any success. Have anyone thought about it? Of course one can buy sheet of mesh grill that can be cut to the dimension. However, what is the best way to install it? I couldn't come up with a solid solution. I hope you understand the portion of the front lower bumper area that I have been referring above. It is the area in between the two front fog-lights. You may be able to see if you visit my gallery pictures using the following link under "hkochat". http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/inde...showtopic=9022
nice car, I like the color.... You should check on Ebay and do a search for an insert that would make your car look similar to the M5. You can also modify the F. bumper to the M5 bumper and it would look extremely nice.. Just my 2 dollars and 35cents..
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Originally posted by mrmpl@Mar 1 2004, 05:11 PM B)
Something along these lines?
Many thanks for you response to my initial query. It is a magnificent work on your 5 series with the mesh grill. I also like the idea from the second response pointing out that a billet grill may bring more solid apprearence. Can you both please reveal me where I can get this done. I truly appreciate your help.
Silver4evr - The gasket is a u-channel with metal inside to crimp down on the mesh. It is fairly flexible stuff. I purchased the gasket from someone, $1 per foot. I don't know the name or manufacturer, and seller will not share that info.
I fabricated this grill myself and as a matter of fact I'm in the process of building one and perhaps another for a couple of E39 owners as we speak.
Your ride is absolutely amazing. You mentioned in your last post that you are fabricating another mesh grille for another car. I will seriously like to commission you to build another one for my car. You can embarass me with a flat out NO in public...or you can hit me up on my email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" with the cost and I will gladly pay you a fair amount. Thank you for your picture, as you have also proven to me that I don't need 19s to make my ride look aggressive. Your 18s are hot!!
P.S. Did I say "please"?...
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Silver4evr - The inserts are a combination friction fit and a few dabs of clear silicone. The Lumar Titanium Tint was applied about a year ago, at a cost of $175. It wears very well and I'm not certain of the warranty - check with Lumar and or local installer. Lumar.com
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