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Old 10-28-2004, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got a 2000 540i this afternoon! Yeah.

Wouldn't you know it -- I pulled into a parking spot and scraped the underside of the spoiler tearing a big piece off. ARGH! ( Been driving a Disco the past two years)

The spoiler is fine, however, there is a black protective piece that fits under the spoilers edge (for styling and protection?). The piece that broke does not run the entire width of the spoilers bottom edge... shy on each side about 12"

1. Does anyone know the name of this piece?
2. Recommendations on aftermarket companies to purchase piece?
3. Any idea on costs?

She's a beast!

Thanks for the help!
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Originally posted by WindowPro@Oct 28 2004, 11:12 PM
Just got a 2000 540i this afternoon! Yeah.*

Wouldn't you know it -- I pulled into a parking spot and scraped the underside of the spoiler tearing a big piece off.* ARGH! ( Been driving a Disco the past two years)

The spoiler is fine, however, there is a black protective piece that fits under the spoilers edge (for styling and protection?).* The piece that broke does not run the entire width of the spoilers bottom edge... shy on each side about 12"

1. Does anyone know the name of this piece?
2. Recommendations on aftermarket companies to purchase piece?
3. Any idea on costs?

She's a beast!

Thanks for the help!
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Think I know the piece you're talking about but unfortunately don't know what you would call it.

You can get some damn good looking after market front skirts which just fix onto the bottom of the original bumper and give a slightly more aggressive lowered look from the front. These generally don't cost much and should be easy to self install.

If you really just want to replace the bit under the bottom it'll probably be a ride to the local BMW dealer I'm afraid - they surely can't charge you for telling you the name of a part, and if you come accross a nice one he may even give you the part number (there are some out there - a bit thin on the ground though unfortunately).
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Old 10-29-2004, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally posted by BeelZibub+Oct 29 2004, 03:41 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(BeelZibub @ Oct 29 2004, 03:41 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-WindowPro@Oct 28 2004, 11:12 PM
Just got a 2000 540i this afternoon! Yeah.*

Wouldn't you know it -- I pulled into a parking spot and scraped the underside of the spoiler tearing a big piece off.* ARGH! ( Been driving a Disco the past two years)

The spoiler is fine, however, there is a black protective piece that fits under the spoilers edge (for styling and protection?).* The piece that broke does not run the entire width of the spoilers bottom edge... shy on each side about 12"

1. Does anyone know the name of this piece?
2. Recommendations on aftermarket companies to purchase piece?
3. Any idea on costs?

She's a beast!

Thanks for the help!
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Think I know the piece you're talking about but unfortunately don't know what you would call it.

You can get some damn good looking after market front skirts which just fix onto the bottom of the original bumper and give a slightly more aggressive lowered look from the front. These generally don't cost much and should be easy to self install.

If you really just want to replace the bit under the bottom it'll probably be a ride to the local BMW dealer I'm afraid - they surely can't charge you for telling you the name of a part, and if you come accross a nice one he may even give you the part number (there are some out there - a bit thin on the ground though unfortunately).
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Thanks for the info!
I agree ... I think I am going the aftermarket route. I just realized this morning --I also pulled the bumper down a little on the passenger side. Oh well, I guess I will have to get a new M5 bumper too.

Any thoughts on bumper styles, companies you personally like? (Anyone else -- please feel free to chime in).

BeelZibub -- Nice ride and thanks again!
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Originally posted by WindowPro@Oct 28 2004, 04:12 PM
Just got a 2000 540i this afternoon! Yeah.

Wouldn't you know it -- I pulled into a parking spot and scraped the underside of the spoiler tearing a big piece off. ARGH! ( Been driving a Disco the past two years)

The spoiler is fine, however, there is a black protective piece that fits under the spoilers edge (for styling and protection?). The piece that broke does not run the entire width of the spoilers bottom edge... shy on each side about 12"

1. Does anyone know the name of this piece?
2. Recommendations on aftermarket companies to purchase piece?
3. Any idea on costs?

She's a beast!

Thanks for the help!
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I recently bought that piece for aroung $30 from my dealer. I have a '98 540sport.
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Originally posted by WindowPro@Oct 28 2004, 04:12 PM
Just got a 2000 540i this afternoon! Yeah.

Wouldn't you know it -- I pulled into a parking spot and scraped the underside of the spoiler tearing a big piece off. ARGH! ( Been driving a Disco the past two years)

The spoiler is fine, however, there is a black protective piece that fits under the spoilers edge (for styling and protection?). The piece that broke does not run the entire width of the spoilers bottom edge... shy on each side about 12"

1. Does anyone know the name of this piece?
2. Recommendations on aftermarket companies to purchase piece?
3. Any idea on costs?

She's a beast!

Thanks for the help!
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Originally posted by beachcomber_bill+Oct 30 2004, 01:02 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(beachcomber_bill @ Oct 30 2004, 01:02 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'> I recently bought that piece for aroung $30 from my dealer. I have a '98 540sport.<!--QuoteBegin-WindowPro@Oct 28 2004, 04:12 PM
Just got a 2000 540i this afternoon! Yeah.*

Wouldn't you know it -- I pulled into a parking spot and scraped the underside of the spoiler tearing a big piece off.* ARGH! ( Been driving a Disco the past two years)

The spoiler is fine, however, there is a black protective piece that fits under the spoilers edge (for styling and protection?).* The piece that broke does not run the entire width of the spoilers bottom edge... shy on each side about 12"

1. Does anyone know the name of this piece?
2. Recommendations on aftermarket companies to purchase piece?
3. Any idea on costs?

She's a beast!

Thanks for the help!
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Originally posted by WindowPro+Oct 30 2004, 09:42 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(WindowPro @ Oct 30 2004, 09:42 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'>
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Originally posted by beachcomber_bill@Oct 30 2004, 01:02 PM
I recently bought that piece for aroung $30 from my dealer. I have a '98 540sport.<!--QuoteBegin-WindowPro
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@Oct 28 2004, 04:12 PM
Just got a 2000 540i this afternoon! Yeah.*

Wouldn't you know it -- I pulled into a parking spot and scraped the underside of the spoiler tearing a big piece off.* ARGH! ( Been driving a Disco the past two years)

The spoiler is fine, however, there is a black protective piece that fits under the spoilers edge (for styling and protection?).* The piece that broke does not run the entire width of the spoilers bottom edge... shy on each side about 12"

1. Does anyone know the name of this piece?
2. Recommendations on aftermarket companies to purchase piece?
3. Any idea on costs?

She's a beast!

Thanks for the help!
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Thanks for the info!
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Go ahead and get the OE Lip spoiler while your at it!
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Originally posted by WindowPro+Oct 30 2004, 09:42 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(WindowPro @ Oct 30 2004, 09:42 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'>
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I recently bought that piece for aroung $30 from my dealer. I have a '98 540sport.<!--QuoteBegin-WindowPro
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@Oct 28 2004, 04:12 PM
Just got a 2000 540i this afternoon! Yeah.*

Wouldn't you know it -- I pulled into a parking spot and scraped the underside of the spoiler tearing a big piece off.* ARGH! ( Been driving a Disco the past two years)

The spoiler is fine, however, there is a black protective piece that fits under the spoilers edge (for styling and protection?).* The piece that broke does not run the entire width of the spoilers bottom edge... shy on each side about 12"

1. Does anyone know the name of this piece?
2. Recommendations on aftermarket companies to purchase piece?
3. Any idea on costs?

She's a beast!

Thanks for the help!
[snapback]220323[/snapback]

[snapback]221225[/snapback]

Thanks for the info!
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Go ahead and get the OE Lip spoiler while your at it!
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WindowPro -

I don't have much to offer you, except congratulations on your new car.
I read with great interest the story you posted about how you found and bought your 540. Funny that you didn't notice it was a 6-speed, whereas I traveled out of state to get my 6-speed 1999 540i Sport (only automatics were local to me).

I love the rims that the 1999-2000 Sport models came with (like you and I have) - I think those 15-spoke-ers are my favorite BMW wheels, except for when it's time to clean them, although I cleaned more difficult wheels than those.

Keep up the posts, and please share your knowledge with us as you gain it! Remember - experience is only the second best way to learn; the best way to learn is through someone ELSE'S experience!
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Old 11-01-2004, 02:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally posted by jmig+Nov 1 2004, 03:47 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jmig @ Nov 1 2004, 03:47 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'>
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I recently bought that piece for aroung $30 from my dealer. I have a '98 540sport.<!--QuoteBegin-WindowPro
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Just got a 2000 540i this afternoon! Yeah.*

Wouldn't you know it -- I pulled into a parking spot and scraped the underside of the spoiler tearing a big piece off.* ARGH! ( Been driving a Disco the past two years)

The spoiler is fine, however, there is a black protective piece that fits under the spoilers edge (for styling and protection?).* The piece that broke does not run the entire width of the spoilers bottom edge... shy on each side about 12"

1. Does anyone know the name of this piece?
2. Recommendations on aftermarket companies to purchase piece?
3. Any idea on costs?

She's a beast!

Thanks for the help!
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Go ahead and get the OE Lip spoiler while your at it!
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WindowPro -

I don't have much to offer you, except congratulations on your new car.
I read with great interest the story you posted about how you found and bought your 540. Funny that you didn't notice it was a 6-speed, whereas I traveled out of state to get my 6-speed 1999 540i Sport (only automatics were local to me).

I love the rims that the 1999-2000 Sport models came with (like you and I have) - I think those 15-spoke-ers are my favorite BMW wheels, except for when it's time to clean them, although I cleaned more difficult wheels than those.

Keep up the posts, and please share your knowledge with us as you gain it! Remember - experience is only the second best way to learn; the best way to learn is through someone ELSE'S experience!
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Eric,

Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. I saw your car in your profile ... very nice! What products, if any, do you use on the wheels. Just soap and water?

As for knowledge ... I agree with your last statement

Thanks again.

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Bavarian Autosport has some pretty nice front spoliers but they arent cheap. BMW makes a wheel cleaner that works pretty good. I picked it up at the dealer, it was also not cheap but why buy a 540i if you are a cheapie...

Also, you have to be careful with that front spolier. the park distance control will sometimes "lie" to you depending on the height of the curb. i usually just dont pull in all the way to prevent scratching that thing up. watch your speed over some of those speed humps as well. those things eat front spoliers for breakfast.
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Bavarian Autosport has some pretty nice front spoliers but they arent cheap.* BMW makes a wheel cleaner that works pretty good.* I picked it up at the dealer, it was also not cheap but why buy a 540i if you are a cheapie...

Also, you have to be careful with that front spolier.* the park distance control will sometimes "lie" to you depending on the height of the curb.* i usually just dont pull in all the way to prevent scratching that thing up.* watch your speed over some of those speed humps as well.* those things eat front spoliers for breakfast.
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I use Eagle products (or Eagle One, I can't remember). The wheel cleaner is in a spray bottle and it's called "A to Z" wheel cleaner. It claims to be safe for all wheels, and I've had no problems with it. I also throw a liberal amount on the tires as well and clean both wheel and tire in one process with that one cleaner. I hope that helps.
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