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      08-18-2010, 04:02 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Full Review & Install ------ E90 LCI painted Splitters ------

Hey everyone!

For those of you who didn't follow my thread regarding the POS ebay splitters i bought, here is the conclusion to my quest for splitters. http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=411483


Service & packaging:

Man am i blown away by Brian's service. he replies to PM's with near instant messaging speed and he was willing to work out a fair price with me for being the first to buy these splitters. They came in a matter of a week or so and the packaging is decent with bubble wrap and cloth bags to protect them, he even included free roll of double sided tape (i bought some 3M tape too)! Just as he promised, these splitters fit well



conclusion: 10/10



Product:

These splitters are night and day compared to the crap i got on ebay. I wish JBSpeed would've put these up for sale earlier so i wouldn't have gone to ebay as a last resort. These are pre-drilled as well, making life much easier!
the paint match is excellent and the fitment is really nice, double sided tape will suffice in holding them on, more on that later. Money well spent for these quality pieces! IMO, I get splitters over an M3 lip spoiler anyday.

Consluison:
paint match 9/10
fitment 8/10




Installation:
I've read guides on installing splitters for E90's but no one has written one for E90 LCI's and i did find somethings to be different. Pre-LCI and LCI splitters mount differently. Pre-LCI ones sit ontop of the bumper like a glove so you can even get away without taping it, just screw it on. However, for LCI splitters, there is no place for the splitter's to hang onto and so gravity can be an issue down the road as they just literally stick onto the car with less surface area than the old splitters.


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See how they just "hang off" the edge of the LCI bumper?


PRE-LCI splitters sit on the edge of the bumper like so, making installation easier.


Initially i was confused about the install and so i contacted JBSpeed and right away, he sent me pictures and installation steps for installing!
And so I attempted an install:
** sand the inside of the splitter to make a even mounting surface for the tape to have maximum adhesion. (i forgot to do that part )

1) clean bottom of bumper and inside of splitters with rubbing alcohol
2) apply 3M tape onto the car or splitter (either way is fine) leaving a 2mm distance from the edge of the splitter to hide the tape from view when installed
3) peel of backing of tape
4) start from the wheel well area and "hook" the splitter on from the side, slowly making sure the bottom screw holes are aligned and the splitter covers the top ledge (the indented line behind the fog light)
5) apply firm pressure on the sides and front for a minute or so,(extra set of hands are recommended)
6) screw the screws back on and you are done!


this is how it is installed with 3M double sided tape!


the ledge behind the foglight is where i'm talking about





because i forgot to do that part, i wasn't too satisfied with my own work because i have no experience in installing this stuff so i took it to my friend at the bodyshop to have him do it for me.

He commented that the splitters are really nice and high quality fiberglass pieces and the install was a breeze. The only thing he told me i had to do for future installs is I HAVE TO SAND THE INSIDE OF THE SPLITTER. My friend likes to use glue for installs like these to have NO gaps and seams along the bumper. After re installation here is the finished product.

1) (optional) remove bumper
2) sand down inside of splitter (I now know this part is crucial)
3) clean splitters and bumper
4) apply glue (betalink)
5) reattach screws into bumper
6) clamp on overnight
7) reinstall bumper and enjoy!
























If i wasn't lazy i would've installed it myself again but i'm really satisfied with the results!! no modification needed! Due to the design of these splitters, I suggest using glue to ensure a seamless fit because the tape have a thickness of 1mm or so... Even BMW recommends using Betalink glue for installation of these products.

Overall I am really impressed with these splitters, installation is really simple!
Be sure to hit up JBSpeed for splitters in the future!

conclusion: 9/10
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      08-18-2010, 06:42 AM   #2
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Great review and pics.

Just one question, did you have to drill anything for the screws or do they use existing holes?
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Great review and pics.

Just one question, did you have to drill anything for the screws or do they use existing holes?
use the existing holes! its predrilled too!
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Damn those look great!
thanks! i think these are the best solutions without getting M-tech
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Looks very nice especially after the body shop did it!

Do you know if this is something that's east to remove without leaving marks? I'm asking since my car is a lease and I'd need to return it without the parts.

And if you don't mind, how much did the install run you?
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use the existing holes! its predrilled too!
Awesome, good to know.
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This is really awesome, color matches prefectly from the picture.

Any extra cost for the paint?
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Looks very nice especially after the body shop did it!

Do you know if this is something that's east to remove without leaving marks? I'm asking since my car is a lease and I'd need to return it without the parts.

And if you don't mind, how much did the install run you?
Since these don't need any modification to it, the install ran me $150 and i paid cash for it. Some shops may charge cheaper maybe $100 because my guy insisted on removing my front bumper so he can get at it at a good angle.

My guy used Betalink and i know that stuff is quite permanet but you can remove it with goo-gone.

My car's a lease too and i plan to return it to them like this. they won't mind because they will think its the real BMW accessory. Its the replica of their performance splitters anyway haha.

If you insist, they can be installed with double sided tape too, no problem just that there may be a hair of a gap because the tape has thickness. also, someone reported their splitter fell off with tape because of the heat and humidity in Shanghai making his splitter come loose...good thing he had screws on.



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This is really awesome, color matches prefectly from the picture.

Any extra cost for the paint?
yeah much better than the last pair! i'd say its a 95% match. No extra cost for painting! you can get it for under $200 from JB

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under $200 for a good price tell him you read my review
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looks good. you shoulda just molded it in.
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Can you get a side pic? I would like to see the line from the side skirts to check for overhang etc.. (like do they line up)
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if i molded it i might as well have gotten an Mtech bumper. i wish i had the money, but molding it would be really clean.



thats the best side profile picture i have right now! i can tell you it lines up really nicely and everything is proportionate
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Looks great!

On my mod list--not sure how it would handle Michigan winters......


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Looks great!

On my mod list--not sure how it would handle Michigan winters......


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it shouldnt be an issue at all after the 3 tape is fully dry
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that is some damn good fitment, looks good.
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it shouldnt be an issue at all after the 3 tape is fully dry
can we install in the middle of winter?
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gaifaun,

Do you have stock sideskirts and rear bumper?
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that is some damn good fitment, looks good.
thanks! yeah these are as good as it gets for reps in terms of fitment.

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can we install in the middle of winter?
yep! as long as you do it inside a garage, i'd warm it up with a blow dryer first.


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Do you have stock sideskirts and rear bumper?
yes i do, these photos are with stock side skirts and bumpers
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Great review and great looking car Gaifaun! I'm thinking about ordering these and installing them on my 335i - one quick question, the angel eyes you have. How were you able to get rid of the 3 little amber lights on each side of the headlight that the LCI's have?
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I have these; can be a tad tricky to install...but the product is really quite good!

I need to do a better install in the summer. Use lots and lots of tape, I'd use 3 rolls of the 3M tape. The gaps are less noticeable on a darker car (monaco blue, black etc)
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I just ordered these last week.

My concern is the paint quality. :] I am kind of afraid that rock chips might destroy the splitters and take off paint easily. How are your splitters conditions so far ?
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