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      07-05-2014, 01:24 PM   #1
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MMW Lip - How difficult to make a mold from mine?

I have an MMW lip that I'm not using. I realize it's rarity and popularity/demand. I believe there is enough demand for this particular lip that it may be feasible to have a mold made from it and produce more in limited batches.

Now...I have zero experience with fiberglass, molds etc. I'm curious what would be involved, ballpark estimate of cost and perhaps even the possibility to use a different material.

Anyone have exerience with this kind of thing?

Also curious about potential legal issues in copying this lip and selling them (to recoup costs and likely on a group buy with deposit type situation). There is a sticker on the inside of mine still but I don't recall ever seeing a serial # it trademark/patent etc.

I'm not looking to make a bunch of money. Simply seeking to explore options to get more of these fantastic lips out there and into the hands of my fellow pre lci E90 owners.

I appreciate feedback, advice, issues, ideas etc. This may be far fetched or more work than is reasonably possible but it is worth exploring as I haven't seen any real discussion on this but I get PM's regularly from people asking to buy mine. Even got a feverish inquiry from someone in Russia via the forum and instagram.

Looking forward to some expert opinions and input!

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Sorry i can't help you about how making a mold, but here are pictures of that lip to reference. To me that's the best front lip for pre-lci e90 stock front.


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Make a mold for an lci and I'm sold.
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Mold making is stupid easy and not expensive either. Start here:

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Sorry i can't help you about how making a mold, but here are pictures of that lip to reference. To me that's the best front lip for pre-lci e90 stock front.
Yep. I've got one. Might even be that exact one.

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This lip fits absolutely incredible. You don't even need tape. It snaps into place and looks like it was made factory. Amazing work and jusy can't understand how they didn't make more.

Going to seriously pursue this project. I have a couple of places I will check out this week. One is a custom plastics company here in Sacramento. Have a couple glass shops to start with.

I paid $350 for mine and it was cracked in a couple places. Needed repaint. These things are extremely fragile!!

Thanks for the video, pwr hungry.
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Mold making is stupid easy and not expensive either. Start here:
That is an awesome video series, but that is a TON of work in my opinion, lots of hand skill and craftsmanship required to do it right.
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Just follow the video and take your time. If it was easier or quick, everyone would do it.
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Just follow the video and take your time. If it was easier or quick, everyone would do it.
Any challenges with paying a shop to do it?
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Just the cost, probably.
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Just the cost, probably.
Any thoughts on legal issus reproducing the lip for swelling? I can't remember the maker...sticker on the inside of the lip but it is at the shop.
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I would assume that if there is no copyright and no logo reproduction and you don't use their name in marketing, then no problems.
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Any thoughts on legal issus reproducing the lip for swelling? I can't remember the maker...sticker on the inside of the lip but it is at the shop.
Well i highly doubt that those ebay sellers have asked anything about making replica from all kinda front lips. For example i have "3dDesign style" replica carbon fiber lip and there is no stamp or manufacturer. One thing about the mold it needs to be properly done, so the lips all fit nicely.
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hi,
I wanted to bring this back up.. was there any progress on this project?
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