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      03-10-2012, 01:06 PM   #1
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I purchased a set of m3 replica side skirts from Mod Bargains with the assurance that they were a direct fit for my 2008 335i E93. After having them painted I attempted to install them. The last three holes and the two screw holes in the rear fender well do not line up. No amout of pushing or pulling will make them fit. It appears that they are are binding against the body frame just ahead of the rear fender well and that they turn in sharper than the OEM side skirts. **********s answer is take them to a body shop. The body shop cannot make them fit.

Has anyone else had this problem and what did you do to make them fit? I really want them to fit but I am not willing to drill holes or alter my car body to make allowances for these skirts (rocker panels).
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      03-10-2012, 01:18 PM   #2
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Pictures would help. Also, try contacting Mod Bargains.
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      03-10-2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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One thing to make sure is that the skirt is not going on top of the plastic undercarriage coverings. That could make things misalign. I had to fight with that when doing mine.
I too had problems with the 2 screw holes that mate to the rear fender. I had to push a good bit to get them to line up. This created tension and slightly pulls out the topside which creates a small lip on mine. I figured since this isn't OEM part I just had to deal with it. Not sure I could've done anything different with the install.
Get some pics up though.
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      03-10-2012, 03:16 PM   #4
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Pics would help.

Here's a DIY I made long ago if it helps at all.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...7#post11517497
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      03-10-2012, 06:32 PM   #5
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Pics would help.

Here's a DIY I made long ago if it helps at all.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...7#post11517497
I followed your DIY when doing mine. It was helpful. Thank you! I had same issue
along door but chose not to worry about it.
Mine were also not dead flush where skirt meets rear fender. Small lip was created when I had to push the bottom side in to line up the screws to fender liner. All in all they look great though I'd say for non OEM.
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      03-10-2012, 07:56 PM   #6
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I followed your DIY when doing mine. It was helpful. Thank you! I had same issue
along door but chose not to worry about it.
Mine were also not dead flush where skirt meets rear fender. Small lip was created when I had to push the bottom side in to line up the screws to fender liner. All in all they look great though I'd say for non OEM.
Thanks and agree although not 100% fitment, it's pretty damn close. Not likely to be even noticed by anyone other than the owner.
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      03-13-2012, 05:24 PM   #7
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Thanks for all your input I am posting some pictures and have contacted **********s. They have put their supplier on notice. I sent the pictures to **********s also. The hang-up is in the design that does not take into account the body at the rear of the skirt just ahead of the wheel well. The M3 skirt turns in sharper and binds on the body of the E93, thus not allowing the last three holes under the chasis to line up. The upper holes are perfect.
I am sending the pictures to SmugMug for viewing.

http://captjsh.smugmug.com/Cars/M3-R...7928&k=Nw6M4GR
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      08-14-2015, 07:07 AM   #8
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Hey, guys.
The topic is really old, but I faced with **********s M3 sideskirts only now.

In my case everything is fine with the rear side, but front end doesn't fit at all. The problem is the same as dbjb had - factory screw is too close to the skirt - but much much worse.
I can't even lock the front end because of this "hump" in the front (please see pictures).

Does anyone had the same issue? What did you do?
Removal of both screws doesn't help - it seems to me that only removal of whole fender will.
Also I am thinking of heating skirt up and shaping it a little by hand, but in this case paint could go off.
So - any suggestion welcome.
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I bought my M3 rep side skirts from Mod-Bargains and I had a shop install them. They didnt mention any fitment issues. Only thing that I noticed was that on the inside where the door shuts it doesnt line up, but it doesnt, matter because you cant see it. I would rate fitment 8/10.
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      08-18-2015, 03:48 AM   #10
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I bought my M3 rep side skirts from Mod-Bargains and I had a shop install them. They didnt mention any fitment issues. Only thing that I noticed was that on the inside where the door shuts it doesnt line up, but it doesnt, matter because you cant see it. I would rate fitment 8/10.
Yeap - I've heard the same thing from many of those who installed them.
Unfortunately, I can't ask MB to instal them as I'm too far away.

Anyway, thank you for the feedback - I finally received an answer from MB - hope will be albe to close this issue.
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      08-18-2015, 04:30 AM   #11
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Sideskirt install is about as easy it gets guys.
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      08-18-2015, 08:47 AM   #12
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I shaved down the fender bolts - problem solved.
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      08-28-2015, 12:40 AM   #13
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Hey, guys.
The topic is really old, but I faced with **********s M3 sideskirts only now.

In my case everything is fine with the rear side, but front end doesn't fit at all. The problem is the same as dbjb had - factory screw is too close to the skirt - but much much worse.
I can't even lock the front end because of this "hump" in the front (please see pictures).

Does anyone had the same issue? What did you do?
Removal of both screws doesn't help - it seems to me that only removal of whole fender will.
Also I am thinking of heating skirt up and shaping it a little by hand, but in this case paint could go off.
So - any suggestion welcome.

P.S. I've e-mailed **********s, but they still didn't answer.
I'm in the middle of my install right now and literally having this exact same issue The rear of the skirt fits fine, but the front will not clip in whatsoever. When I push the front in as hard as possible, it just pops right back out.

Were you able to find a solution to this issue? I even tried a heat gun on them and that didn't help at all. I'm honestly quite pissed, because looking at the way the skirts clip in, I can't even picture how you could modify the skirt to fix this issue. I'm a shade away from buying new skirts altogether. What a waste of f***ing money..
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      08-28-2015, 10:50 AM   #14
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Guys, did anyone found a solution?

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So no one has m3 skirts (rep or OEM) that will fit our cars perfectly?
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So no one has m3 skirts (rep or OEM) that will fit our cars perfectly?
JG mods is decent. Better if you have the tools to do a bit of minor tweaking.
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I shaved down the fender bolts - problem solved.
Can you explain more? Which fender? Where did you order your skirts from?
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So no one has m3 skirts (rep or OEM) that will fit our cars perfectly?
Truthfully no, there are no m3 replica side skirts for the Non-M3 E92 that will fit 100% perfect as the OEM side rockers fit. Having said that, the ones we carry, as well as a few select other companies, are by far the BEST fitting that is available on the market.

The fitment issue comes from when the mold was created, since OEM M3 side skirts were taken then molded to fit the narrower non-M E92, the fitment isn't 100% spot on.

Hope this helps you, have a blessed day.
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Can you explain more? Which fender? Where did you order your skirts from?
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=570489

Mod Bargs.

Look at that post, scroll down and you'll see the 'ah-ha' moment.

My fitment is damn near perfect. Id' say 95% to OEM standards.
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Problem continues...

I bought my skirts off ebay and they look exactly like the units that don't fit - concaved in the front. Anyway, the seller (innovativem...sports) stated that they are a 100% guaranteed fit. So I bought them and got them promptly painted with a special two toned theme. Got them home and installation was going very well until the fronts would not snap in. I discovered the bottom fender bolt brackets are blocking the skirts by about an inch. I removed the bolts per DIY, which provided little help. The entire fender bolt bracket would need to be cut away to allow the skirt to fit properly.

It looks like the most recent batch of skirts have a concave at the front? It looks great but makes fitment impossible. Lesson? Don't trust some sellers on EBay; test fit FIRST, before paint; stick with OEM??
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I bought my skirts off ebay and they look exactly like the units that don't fit - concaved in the front. Anyway, the seller (innovativem...sports) stated that they are a 100% guaranteed fit. So I bought them and got them promptly painted with a special two toned theme. Got them home and installation was going very well until the fronts would not snap in. I discovered the bottom fender bolt brackets are blocking the skirts by about an inch. I removed the bolts per DIY, which provided little help. The entire fender bolt bracket would need to be cut away to allow the skirt to fit properly.

It looks like the most recent batch of skirts have a concave at the front? It looks great but makes fitment impossible. Lesson? Don't trust some sellers on EBay; test fit FIRST, before paint; stick with OEM??
Yeah I didn't have this problem. I purchased mine from tunerstock for $199 shipped.
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