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      04-29-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
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Do I need to install the ducts on the OEM Performance Front Bumper?

Hey guys! I'm wanting to pull the trigger on an OEM Pre-LCI Performance front bumper for my 330i, but I'm confused on what parts I need. Please see this from RealOEM:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...=51&fg=95&hl=4



Do I absolutely *need* items 7, 8, 9, and 10? I want this to look good so I thought I would at least need 7 and 8 but maybe it's not required because of how deep the bumper is. I'd like to save a few bucks, but I want this to look right too.

Any insight would be great. Thanks!

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come on....NO ONE?!?!?
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Don't think so. BTW that's a pic of an LCI bumper not pre-lci
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Not trying to be an ass, but....if you really need to ask, that's not good. I mean come on man. If you want it to look right, you have to do it right. Suck it up and spend the whopping 100-200 for the ducting an do the job right.
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Buy the whole kit from BMW, it comes complete it i think.
Browse accessories section of the catalog!
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Don't think so. BTW that's a pic of an LCI bumper not pre-lci
Really? On RealOEM.com it says it's for the 330i?? Maybe it's just a stock image they have for the Performance Bumper.

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Not trying to be an ass, but....if you really need to ask, that's not good. I mean come on man. If you want it to look right, you have to do it right. Suck it up and spend the whopping 100-200 for the ducting an do the job right.
Yeah, you're probably right. I think it's actually about $250-$300 more for those components. If I'm going OEM I should probably just do it right to get full use out of it.

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Really?? I'll check it out and see what I can find. Thanks
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I've redone the front and rear of my car. Did the rear M Sport bumper through the dealer and they just ordered all the parts i needed. I actually needed a different mounting bracket for the rear bumper, wouldnt have known that if I tried to piece things together myself.

Did an M3 rep on the front and ordered the OEM M3 ducts from ECS tuning. I would get a parts list/estimate from a dealer then shop around for the best price. I would imagine the bumper would meet up with your current underbelly cover, but might ask about that. ECS has been very competitive in my experience.

Oh and one more suggestion, get a roll of 3M clear bra material and have the body shop (or you can DIY) cut a piece to match the underside of the bumper. That way even if you dont do a full clear bra, you'll have some protection against scratches from steep inclines/declines and parking barriers. I had to take some evasive maneuvers to avoid getting crushed by some idiot in a Lexus and scratched the underside of my bumper going into a driveway. That noise is so much worse than nails on a chalkboard. Damage wasnt terrible, but the clear bra material is definitely going on to avoid more.
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I did the LCI conversion and didn't need parts 7-11. It was all plug and play. You'll need 9006 fog lights and you gotta buy a 9006 to H11 converter plug/connector.
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I've redone the front and rear of my car. Did the rear M Sport bumper through the dealer and they just ordered all the parts i needed. I actually needed a different mounting bracket for the rear bumper, wouldnt have known that if I tried to piece things together myself.

Did an M3 rep on the front and ordered the OEM M3 ducts from ECS tuning. I would get a parts list/estimate from a dealer then shop around for the best price. I would imagine the bumper would meet up with your current underbelly cover, but might ask about that. ECS has been very competitive in my experience.

Oh and one more suggestion, get a roll of 3M clear bra material and have the body shop (or you can DIY) cut a piece to match the underside of the bumper. That way even if you dont do a full clear bra, you'll have some protection against scratches from steep inclines/declines and parking barriers. I had to take some evasive maneuvers to avoid getting crushed by some idiot in a Lexus and scratched the underside of my bumper going into a driveway. That noise is so much worse than nails on a chalkboard. Damage wasnt terrible, but the clear bra material is definitely going on to avoid more.
Thanks for the suggestions and comments. I appreciate the insight!

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I did the LCI conversion and didn't need parts 7-11. It was all plug and play. You'll need 9006 fog lights and you gotta buy a 9006 to H11 converter plug/connector.
Performance bumper doesn't have fog lights so I figured I have to figure out how to disconnect mine and keep any dangling pieces out of the way.
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Ordered the front bumper today from the local dealer! I got every single component and it was sold as one big package. $740 picked up tomorrow. I think that's a pretty decent price considering you can't find them used anywhere!! Can't wait to get it installed.
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