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Fitting an E90/91 LCI M sport front bumper to a pre LCI SE
Published by muffking
02-07-2011
Fitting an E90/91 LCI M sport front bumper to a pre LCI SE

Like many on here I have gone the route of retrofitting the Aero/M-Sports bodykit, but in this case I have used an LCI bumper on my pre LCI E91 320D SE.

1st job is to remove the SE front bumper, a guide is already on here at
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=426084




2nd job is once you have your new bumper to check the fog light connectors fit as M Sports are different. In fact my bumper didn't come with any so I modified the SE bulb holders by drilling three 3mm holes and securing them with cable ties to the lugs in the fog lamps.
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By muffking on 02-07-2011, 03:44 AM
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3rd job is the top grille. The one BIG problem between LCI & pre LCI is that the top grille is totally different and you can't get a perfect fit without the LCI bonnet (hood). However, the old grille can be made to fit with cable ties between the bumper & grille lugs. In the photo there are gaps, but these can easily be filled in from behind with foam strips that builders use to fill gaps in doors with as they are sticky on one side and just run round the U shaped parts of the bumper in the grille recess (i.e. no need to run them along the top). Once fitted, you can't see the foam from the front of the car. You could use the LCI grilles, but I found that these caught the bonnet and didn't want to scratch them in case I change the bonnet too.
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By muffking on 02-07-2011, 03:51 AM
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4th job, once you've refitted the bumper, is that the bottom of the bumper doesn't line up with the undertray. This is easily solved as BMW sell the retro fit kit parts seperately. Real OEM list it as part 11 in the undercarriage part list for the E90 LCI.



The following pic shows where you move the clips from the non sports position in the undertray to fit the adaptor.
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By muffking on 02-07-2011, 03:55 AM
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Lastly, put the kettle on and fit the numberplate while it boils


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By muffking on 02-07-2011, 04:10 AM
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The before & after...
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By Neutrino45 on 02-07-2011, 06:17 PM
I'm not sure if it looks all that great... LOL J/K!
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By lpphreakx06 on 02-09-2011, 01:05 PM
Great guide.
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By muffking on 02-09-2011, 01:19 PM
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By klove83 on 02-25-2011, 01:12 PM
Thanks
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By BX TT3 on 03-04-2011, 10:34 PM
can this work for a e92 lci to an e90 pre lci? If no, why not? If yes what do I need to do differently?
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By muffking on 03-05-2011, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by M335i Oreo Package View Post
can this work for a e92 lci to an e90 pre lci? If no, why not? If yes what do I need to do differently?
I'm not sure if I read that right. Are you wanting to fit an E92 LCI front to an E90 Pre-LCI?

If that's right then the asnwer is no as the coupe bumpers are a different shape to the E90/E91 and I suspect that the bonnet is a different shape too.
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By muffking on 03-05-2011, 09:24 AM
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Update.... again

The LCI bonnet came back this week and is now on to finish the body kit. Just need some M-Sport wheels to finish.
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By bils on 05-03-2011, 07:04 PM
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Hi muffking
great job you've done here.
I just wanna know if all the body kit (bumper+bonnet) fit directly or if something else is needed especially for the bonnet.
I found the right front bumper for my E91 but w/o the grills at the bottom. Where may i find this kind of grill ?
Srry to bother u w/ all my questions (and for my bad english too ^^) and thanks a lot.
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By muffking on 05-04-2011, 01:18 AM
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Thanks.

Every part I got was from eBay uk, but there are no fitting problems other than for the top grille and the fog light plugs as shown in the photos. Sounds like you just need to find the remaining parts to finish.
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By bils on 05-04-2011, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by muffking View Post
Thanks.

Every part I got was from eBay uk, but there are no fitting problems other than for the top grille and the fog light plugs as shown in the photos. Sounds like you just need to find the remaining parts to finish.
Thanks for the quick answer .
So if i'm right the bonnet fits directly ?
About the remaining parts i need, especially for the grills, do u know where i can find them ?
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By yakev724 on 05-27-2011, 12:46 PM
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Here's my solution to fitting the LCI front to pre-LCI car. I don't have the luxury of buying an LCI hood and having it painted (for the time being) so I needed to make the grilles compatible. I bought a pair of LCI grilles and took them apart to 2 pieces. The fitment issue is with the outer chrome ring. I used a dremel to slice a top section so the body line of the front bumper continues through the grille. Then I assembled them back with the slats and mounted. Results aren't perfect, but this is due to the gap between LCI front and pre-LCI hood, for which I don't see a simple solution. I will sand the cut edges on a belt sander for even result, then paint them body color. Once black, I think they will blend well.

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By muffking on 05-28-2011, 01:41 AM
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It was the issue with the grille and the gap betwen the bonnt & bumper that made me hunt down an LCI bonnet to complete the job.

The bonnet is literally a straight sawp, no mods, no more parts, just bolt it in place of the old one. It really does make the car look newer.

I can only advise making an Ebay saved search as I tried BMW breakers and LCI bonnets rarely come up, but I've seen a few on Ebay from time to time and you can afford to make it the last job on the list. There are lots of grilles on Ebay though.
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By muffking on 05-28-2011, 01:48 AM
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Here you go. LCi top grilles. Bidding from 15 + post
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Genuine-BMW-E9...item2c5ce8f3f6
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By yakev724 on 05-28-2011, 09:03 AM
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^^ Too bad I don't live in the UK. Stateside, our insurance companies buy even the most wrecked of cars, especially new LCI E90s and fix them up if the cost of the repair is less than the value of the final product, which is almost always the case. Hence, finding LCI E90 body parts here is next to impossible

Grilles are very easy to find used. If I do get myself an LCI hood, I'll go straight to the black BMW performance ones.
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By pop2003 on 06-12-2011, 09:15 AM
Looking very Nice.!
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By dave-the-rave on 02-10-2012, 05:32 AM
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Guys quick question,

Will LCI Grills Fit onto a Pre-LCI MSport bumper if I managed to source an LCI Hood ?
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By muffking on 02-10-2012, 09:52 AM
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Having done the pre-lci to lci conversion I didn't think that the lci grilles would fit the pre-lci bumper, which is why I fitted the old grill back on before buying an lci bonnet.

I can confirm that the front of the lci grilles is larger than the holes in the pre-lci bumper, but that's not to say that the back part of the grille won't sit inside the hole enough to find a way to secure it.
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