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      01-05-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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EBAY M3 Rep Front Bumper for Non-M E90

Just wanted to share my purchasing of my M3 Rep Front Bumper for E90 sedan, hopefully to answer some questions and save some people some money.

First where did I purchase from?
Many vendors people have found that you can purchase a great bumper with perfect fitment from many of the vendors here on the forum, there prices are great, but I've always been that budget finder and from the title thread you can tell where I purchased mine. After searching the forum I've noted that some people have purchased their bumper from ebay from these guys.

here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/E90-M...item19b73f9676
I was skeptical, but thought what they heck, especially since the seller is down the street from my house and I could save on shipping and pick it up and if it didn't fit I can complain right in there face.

As far as the purchasing experience, they were very helpful and answered all the questions that I had, no issues there.

First Impression and Fitment/Installation
The bumper truly had the OEM look and quailty, but the bigger issue of concern with everyone is, does it fit? Which of course I had to make sure of
before getting the bumper painted.

The bumper doesn't glide on as smoothly as the OEM one, but with some moving around it fit perfectly.

There were only a few issues I ran into. Like most M3 Reps you have to remove the brake ducts and oil cooler duct. After that its just about tinkering around with the bumper. The big thing to realize is that this bumper is not OEM so of course its not going to go on as easy. I started by placing the four top screws, not to tighten them, but to hold the bumper in place as you'll quickly realize this bumper fits fairly tight on the car and any pulling will cause the other side to come off. Furthermore to make things easier I removed my wheels and fender liner just to get to screw in the two screws that attach to the fender rather then having to fight with the liner to screw them. When lining up the end of the bumper to the fender you have to be careful because the bumper fits a bit tight so you have to sort of pull the bumper keeping it from scratching the tip of the headlight especially with the mounting plates that goes on the end from stock bumper around the headlight, once it clears the headlight the holes do line up and the bumper sits properly with no tension meaning you don't have to pull on the bumper to line up the holes to install the screws, you may, but I didn't. The only other issue I came across was that once the center undercover was place on top the bumper like it does on the oem, you'll notice that the undercover doesn't sit right on top the inner part of the bumper. Which I soon realize some of the hardware came with the bumper was for. The bumper came with 3 long screws (2 the sames size and 1 longer) and 3 sort of brackets (same deal with screws 2 same and 1 longer). These brackets are used to fill the gap and attach the 3 middle holes to the undercover. I although did not use the brackets just the screws and tighten it so that the bumper and undercover would come together. I had to add washers to the screws as well as the screw head is too small and will need a bigger surface area as the head will go right through the holes of the bumper when screwing them in.

note: only screws in the bumper are on top, so bumper may look like it doesn't line up pictures are just to show that no extreme fitment issue exist


(no screws, lines up when installed)

(no scews, lines up when installed)


As far as the rest of the installation and fitment, like I said before, you have to adjust some things but don't worry your not going to be adjusting anything to the point where your sweating and cursing at the bumper for not fitting, but mainly little adjustments of the bumper to line up with the holes on the fender liner and undercover which result in this bumper fitting 100%.

Some items you have to Transfer from Stock bumper
-grills
-mounting plates on both ends of the bumper
-(4) screw clips used to attach fender liner to bumper
-(4) 8mm screws and (4) screw clips from oem fog lamps to install fog lamps on M3 bumper, if you decide to install them which I did.

Also, mainly everyone knows that the fog lamps on the bumper are 9006 whereas stock are H11, luckily for me I had some HID so I simply cut off the h11 bulb part and solder some 9006 bulbs and done. But many have found different ways of doing it which are just as easy without having to convert to HID by splicing into the wires are purchasing a harness conversion kit.

Paint
This section may mainly benefit those who live close by. The forum helped in making my decision as to where to go.

We all want to make sure that we get good quality paint that not only matches our cars but holds up to road hazards especially when it comes to the from bumper. After searching around and getting help from many forum members. I decided to go with K&W here in Walnut, CA. What helped in my decision was that I not only heard great things about them here in the forum and seen some of their work from friends, but there pricing was just competitive as other places I was quoted. But what did it for me was that it was just 5 mins from my house.

As far as service goes, they were great as well, everything went smoothly and responded back to me whenever I asked for a status on my bumper. But the best part is the quality of work they did on my bumper, paint matched up and held up during installation. I don't really know how else to describe it but great quality for a great price.

Time table for the job was.. dropped it off Monday morning and picked up Wednesday morning, just for anyone wondering.

here's there address as well for socal members:
K&W
801 South Lemon Avenue
Diamond Bar, CA 91789
(909) 468-5626

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Well that's pretty much it, hope this helps some people out there.

please no comments about taking off the fog lamps
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Good, thorough write-up. Your eBay link doesn't work though.
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Good, thorough write-up. Your eBay link doesn't work though.
fixed, thanks
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Thanks for the write up, I found it very helpful!

I have a black sapphire E90, very similar to yours, and I'm thinking about doing this. I'm a little scared to tackle it on my own, so I may look into options for having a pro do the install. Your experience was definitely useful to hear though, and it looks great!
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Good writeup! The bumper and the drop look good

Get some new grills! the chrome takes too much attention away from the front end
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thanks guys for the comments....

glad this help some people out

I've just gotten back into doing cosmetics mods, been messin with the engine since I got the car, so its not finished yet, probably will never be done, just the love of modding never stops......
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I was going to write a review up as well. I purchased this same bumper and WOW for a non-oem bumper the fitment is incredible. After a eBay coupon i ended up paying $387.50 shipped to my door.

Thanks for spending the time to write this review, it is very detailed and I really appreciate it.

One question, for a non 335i, with no oil cooler, do I still need to trim my air ducts to work around these fogs?

For laughs, here is my bumper shoved in my car on the way to drop it off for paint
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Great write-up. I just ordered this bumper based on your review. Great job on finding the best deal.

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Damn thats an extremely top notch fit for non oem lol , whats the bumper out of tho? is it ABS plastic or?
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Damn thats an extremely top notch fit for non oem lol , whats the bumper out of tho? is it ABS plastic or?
yeah for non oem i was impressed just how everything lines up...

bumpers made of Polypropylene
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LoL.... i didn't want to take a chance with putting the bumper in my car, so i used my brother's truck to pick it up, but because the bed had a cover i ended up sticking inside the cabin, defeated the whole purpose of using the truck lol... but nice you got it in there and great looking interior

as for the fog lamps, your still going to have to take out the brake ducting which in my opinion is no biggy

anyways GL

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I was going to write a review up as well. I purchased this same bumper and WOW for a non-oem bumper the fitment is incredible. After a eBay coupon i ended up paying $387.50 shipped to my door.

Thanks for spending the time to write this review, it is very detailed and I really appreciate it.

One question, for a non 335i, with no oil cooler, do I still need to trim my air ducts to work around these fogs?

For laughs, here is my bumper shoved in my car on the way to drop it off for paint
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Great write-up. I just ordered this bumper based on your review. Great job on finding the best deal.

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yeah for non oem i was impressed just how everything lines up...

bumpers made of Polypropylene
Are you sure it isn't POLYURETHANE?

Fitment looks good though. I have the distinct feeling that some of the eBay sellers are getting their aerodynamic parts from the very same vendors that our sponsors on here are getting them from - and selling for less.

There can't be that many vendors out there making BMW body parts. Yet most people poo-poo the idea of buying off eBay. It's good when someone like you tries one out and posts as to the quality.

Trick is to find the eBay sellers that are selling the correct ones. Kinda like the front Aero Lips we found on eBay for $85 shipped that fit perfectly.
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^^ Just what he said , last night i had seen a guy here in the states that had the aero lip for sale for 25 and then 65 for shipping.. I do agree tho, the guys on ebay are DEF using the same guys our vendors are for sure , cuz most our vendors have the items coming from overseas..
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I do agree with both of you guys
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That same company also carries M3 Style Rear Bumper for E90 & M3 Front for E92

I sent a message asking if/when they will have M3 or M-Tech Rear Bumper for E92 available
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would removing the brackets for the foglights be noticeable if you did (ie the bumper not looking right bc of removal)?
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LoL.... i didn't want to take a chance with putting the bumper in my car, so i used my brother's truck to pick it up, but because the bed had a cover i ended up sticking inside the cabin, defeated the whole purpose of using the truck lol... but nice you got it in there and great looking interior

as for the fog lamps, your still going to have to take out the brake ducting which in my opinion is no biggy

anyways GL

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Hey, thats the same place I purchased my bumper from a few months back! I own a 328i and nothing had to be removed from my E90. My husband has a 335i and had to have his oil cooler and brake ducts removed. We both watched the installation at the bodyshop.
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nice car man, I saw you going into the tennrenn plaza off fullerton prior to you having this bumper. I was like wow, that car is low! haha
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That same company also carries M3 Style Rear Bumper for E90 & M3 Front for E92

I sent a message asking if/when they will have M3 or M-Tech Rear Bumper for E92 available
M-tech rear bumper sounds really nice if they do it
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