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      09-09-2012, 02:36 PM   #1
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Possible alternative lip options for m3 rep bumper

I haven't taken any measurements but logic would lead me to believe that the m3 replica's measurements are the same as oem m3 up until the ends of the vent area.



I'd assume after the vents is where the shape changes because they had to compensate for the fender.

If that is true, this lip (along with a few others that don't wrap around) SHOULD fit:

http://www.bjautofans.com/p_6517.page



it looks like the edges would just stick out slightly like the kersher or hamaan lip/splitter.

of course, i have no way of testing my fitment theory without an m3 bumper in hand to compare the replica to.

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Another thing i noticed while searching through lips on ebay was the fitment of the popular v-style lip on an actual OEM m3 bumper. As you can see, in the area where i'm assuming our bumpers differ, the v-style lip actually curves inward, as though it is too small for the oem m3 bumper.

Back when i was considering a wide body conversion i noted that there is a 12mm difference between m3 fenders and non-m e92 fenders. This width difference on the v-style for OEM m3 sure could pass for 12mm (about half an inch), which would make it fit almost perfectly on the replica bumpers (in theory). If you notice, they also have fitment issues in the same areas that people complain about on the v-style for rep m3 bumpers, right where the vents end.





you can compare this directly to the v-style lip for the m3 rep bumpers here:



Could the v-style lips just be made for oem m3 bumpers and just happen to fit? or is there a completely different mold for them as suggested by the vendors?



what do you guys think?
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That's some good info!
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That's some good info!
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i'm itching to try a GTS style lip on my m3 rep. I contacted JL motoring since they stock the bumper and the lip, but they said the "curve" is different and gave me a generic answer regarding fitment. I asked them to clarify if just the curve by the fender is different, or if the entire front end curve is different. Waiting on an answer.

I also contacted a bunch of ebay vendors to try to find out who manufactures the v-style lip for m3 reps. I believe it might be AutoFans, but we'll see.

I found someone selling the GTS lips locally (ny) on ebay, so i contacted him too asking if i can swing by to do a dry fitment test. Not holding my breath because he charges $60 for local pickup on his purchases...



This is all based on the assumption that the mold created for the m3 rep was based directly off of an OEM m3 bumper, and they just chopped the sides off and attached non-m ones. If the lower center section of the bumper mold was modified in any way, we're outta luck on any decent fitment

one thing that worries me is that they sell two versions of the lips for e90 and e92. unless the fenders are different sizes, it could mean that the bumpers really are different shapes
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Sounds like the best way to find out is to do the test fitment locally with that guy. But just don't purchase it . Do u have an e90 or e92?
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e92. i'm not sure if he'll agree to a test fitment.

next best option would be to hang around m3post and try to find someone who plans on purchasing a lip to let a non-m test it on their m3 rep bumper

that'd pretty much answer any questions as to where the bumpers vary in shape/size and how much
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Just got a response from autofans. they don't produce the v-style rep, but they do make a CF haaman lip for m3 rep bumpers!

looks pretty good actually http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E90-M3-H...item230ee57d34
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man, I see the v style lips on eBay that are going for $131. I feel like pulling the trigger on one after reading this...

Need some more info though
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i wouldn't pull the trigger just yet. seems like an expensive mistake to make


i have my eyes set on the GTS rep though...
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I contacted some eBay sellers and here's what they said."It is generic product and made by an Asian company we never heard of it here in the States." I asked 3 different companies and this was the exact same answer I received.
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Contacted **********s because they carry various lips and the m3 rep. They said gts won't fit, but they can contact the manufacturer to get a v-style lip for me... "the manufacturer says he has one style of lip that will fit it".

Could be unclear communication, but to me that sounds like its a generic m3 lip that happens to fit.

Anyway, I asked **********s for the manufacturer's email so I can ask further questions about the bumper fitment variations and **********s stopped replying to my emails.
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I just purchased a kerscher style lip off eBay that jlmotoring is happily selling for $250 + shipping.

Price I paid? $150 shipped

Jlmotoring even uses the same stock photos but put their own watermark over them. there were $138 ones (same thing) but those were sold out.


I understand vendor support and all, but blatantly ripping customers off is mean.
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Yeah I purchased one of those kerscher style lips also but the seller told me they were sold out after I paid for it :-/. What is the seller u purchased it from?
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Yeah I purchased one of those kerscher style lips also but the seller told me they were sold out after I paid for it :-/. What is the seller u purchased it from?
this guy http://www.ebay.com/itm/05-10-BMW-E9...9c73d2&vxp=mtr

comes with free cf wrap too. can wrap gifts in it or something...
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I just purchased a kerscher style lip off eBay that jlmotoring is happily selling for $250 + shipping.

Price I paid? $150 shipped

Jlmotoring even uses the same stock photos but put their own watermark over them. there were $138 ones (same thing) but those were sold out.


I understand vendor support and all, but blatantly ripping customers off is mean.
Please keep us posted! I will be the next customer if your experience goes well!
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Made a thread asking if anyone has actually tried fitting some of the M3 lips a few weeks ago. Didn't get any info.

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this guy http://www.ebay.com/itm/05-10-BMW-E9...9c73d2&vxp=mtr

comes with free cf wrap too. can wrap gifts in it or something...
How do you plan on installing it? Looks like there's no holes for screws.
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if you are looking for a V-style lip for m3 rep bumper, I highly recommend modmy3.com . Excellent customer service, quality, fitment, and best prices around.
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How do you plan on installing it? Looks like there's no holes for screws.
3m tape + drill a few holes to bolt it on

no big deal.

had to do the same with my old lip
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"Christopher,

Sorry, we cannot pass along that information, it's confidential, but as I already mentioned, they stated the GTS lip will not fit.

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Just got a response from autofans. they don't produce the v-style rep, but they do make a CF haaman lip for m3 rep bumpers!

looks pretty good actually http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E90-M3-H...item230ee57d34
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