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      04-02-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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anyone remove the plastic mesh from an e90 oem front bumper?

Was thinking about pulling the bumper cover off and removing the 3 plastic mesh trims that sit inside the lower lip, leaving them off.

Might remove the center opening completely and then replace the left and right with black or stainless wire mesh fiberglassed to the inside.

Thoughts or pics if you have done this....
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i was just thinking the same thing today, i dont have mtech so i might pull them off completely or just get some mesh so their arent any shitty lines in the middle >.<
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im gonna go drop the bumper cover and take them out for the weekend. see how i like it. will post pics.
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Mine are removed, looks more aggressive, the vents look like air intakes.. (which they actually are to cool the front breaks)
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forgive the cars dusty condition, not sure what happened today but it is covered in yellow pollen. also has nice spider web cracks from the wife, thats what happens with you go to iraq for a year and leave your wife to drive it.

ok took the right and center ones out.....


the right and left are gonna look bad because you see screws for the foglights, the duct for the brakes is also visible...


the center isnt bad but the tabs would have to be cut, the radiator is obviously visible and there are two vertical support struts that probably need to stay, would look nice if you cut the struts out...




If i do this i think i will mesh the left and right sides while leaving the duct showing. I would leave the center open but cut out the struts from the center if possible.
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forgive the cars dusty condition, not sure what happened today but it is covered in yellow pollen. also has nice spider web cracks from the wife, thats what happens with you go to iraq for a year and leave your wife to drive it.

ok took the right and center ones out.....


the right and left are gonna look bad because you see screws for the foglights, the duct for the brakes is also visible...


the center isnt bad but the tabs would have to be cut, the radiator is obviously visible and there are two vertical support struts that probably need to stay, would look nice if you cut the struts out...




If i do this i think i will mesh the left and right sides while leaving the duct showing. I would leave the center open but cut out the struts from the center if possible.
i was thinking the same thing, how did you remove them? was it hard at all?
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i was thinking of doing something like this.. but on a e90 ofcourse..

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have to drop bumper cover, 4 bolts on top, 7 under, and then to get access to inside of fender there are 2 on each wheel well cover and the last 2 are up inside the fender. bumper pulls off and you detach foglight connectors, easier than it sounds, takes about 15 mins. see the diy forum for this. i would lay a sheet down to put the bumper on or have some help.

once it was off the center grill just has tabs around it on the inside that you can pop and it will come right off from behind.

the left and right ones are tricky. they have the same tabs BUT before you can remove the plastic mesh you HAVE to take the finishing rod off the front by popping its tabs otherwise it wont budge at all. The finishing rod is wider than the opening and can't fit thru the back of the opening so it has to come off before you try taking the mesh panels off the left and right side.

if i can find some nice afforbale mesh i will cut it oversize for the left and right openings and then from the inside of the bumper fold it over the openings, after that i will use some strips of fiberglass to hold it to the inside of the bumper if that makes sense, i guess there are adhesives that might work too.
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Dam wanted to paint those mesh grills but dont want to drop bumper cover, will only do finisher rods.

There is no other way?

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