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Posted by Jon on August 29, 2001 at 10:05:37:

In Reply to: Thanks for helping >>>> posted by JDELUNA on August 28, 2001 at 23:02:39:

I think it will work but I don't think it will be quite as easy as bolting the bumper cover on.

From what I've seen, you may also need to replace the entire bumper carrier (if this is a salvage bumper it might come with it). You may also need to replace the painted panel that goes under the grille. Some 325s will fit but might be a little less stable because the piece has different brackets in the middle. Some 325s will require replacement or a lot of cutting because the existing piece extends downward and will get in the way of the new bumper. Finally, the M3 bumper will really want to sag if you don't get the under car "splash shield" (really an aerodynamic piece) that fits into the very bottom of the bumper cover. I'm not sure if the shield will fit right up or not.

So, you might be better off going with an aftermarket piece. I'm not sure how much you are getting the M3 bumper for but I know that a good one is usually at least as much as a new aftermarket piece. You can find aftermarket kits all over. This option might cause fewer headaches and be cheaping overall.

BTW, I have no problem with you trying to use the M3 cover. I don't even think the M3 bumper is what really defines the M3 style anyway. The fenders, then the squared-off trunk w/ spoiler, are much more definitive, IMO. It will look good if you can make it work.

Good luck,

and sorry for pestering you about it, but I got a guy that is holding a E30 M3 stock front bumper for me for a few days to let me see if it will fit, if not he plans on selling it to someone else. I know that alot of people will be against me in trying to install a M3 bumper on a E30 325 but they are not to worry, I am NOT trying to make my 325 a M3 but just trying to enhance the looks of it and I think that the E30 M3 is one of the best looking BMW's there is, so no harm in that is there ???

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