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      06-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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E92 MTech Front Bumper Replica Review - JGMODS

As far as I know, JGMods is the only vendor that is offering a Polyurethane MTech replica front bumper at the present time. I'm sure that all vendors will be offering this product in the near future. I have seen a few fiberglass replicas (gross) but this was the first polyurethane, replica bumper that I have found.

Let me start off by saying that I have no affiliation with JGMods and this is the first product that I have ordered from them. The bumper was very well packed and contained all of the necessary parts for the install.

The kit included the bumper, all three lower grilles, fog lights, bulbs, fog light mounting bracket, headlight washer covers, two hook covers, and a euro plate mount which found it's way to the trash.

A few parts needed to be transferred from the oem bumper to the new bumper including kidney grilles, the metal bumper guide, and screw hole mounts (lack of correct term).

The grilles all lined up and snapped in with ease. Fitment was perfect on all lower grilles. I initially installed the fog lights before realizing that the solid rectangular portion of the fog light housing wouldn't allow any air flow to the oil cooler, brake ducts, or my Stett CAI. Due to this, I have temporarily removed the fog lights until I come up with a better solution. I may take a dremel and cut out the rectangular portion or I may explore other options including fog delete and 335is ducts.

Another noteworthy finding is that the fog light bulb is an H11 where the OEM bulb (for my car) is an H8. I was hoping to swap over my aftermarket fog bulbs but was unable to do so.

Your existing tow hook cover and headlight washer covers are not a good fit for this bumper which is why my tow hook cover is missing in the photos. The headlight washer covers included are for those who actually have headlight washers. I do not have headlight washers so I had to use the existing covers which are a slightly loose.

The fitment of the bumper itself is pretty good for the most part. I have a slight gap difference between the headlights and grilles. This will probably just take a minor tweak to get this right. GAP UPDATE IN POST 18. GAP WAS MY FAULT, NOT JGMODS!! The bumper lined up perfectly with the fenders and the gap is equal from side to side.

The screw holes that attach the bottom of the bumper to the splash shield were well aligned with the exception of one which was off. This could be one of the reasons that when you by from Tischer, they include a separate splash shield to fit the MTech bumper.

Overall, I am very pleased with this replica bumper from JGMods. One thing that I love is no more side bumper reflectors . The increased air flow to the FMIC and intake filter should help the car be a bit more responsive as well.

Let me know if you have any other questions for me.














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      06-17-2012, 10:30 PM   #3
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Hmmm, I've been eyeing the M Sport bumper for a minute. Looking good, can't wait to see the completed pics.
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very nice
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that gap would kill me
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the driver side fitment is pretty bad
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We are talking about 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch here. I wouldn't quite say that it's pretty bad.

I'm going to have my body shop guy look at the driver side gap. I really don't think it's going to take much in order to fix it.
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fwiw, since you're in St. Pete, Phil @ Reeves in Tampa could have gotten you a better price for an OEM front bumper/grills/fogs than the replica (I know from personal experience).
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fwiw, since you're in St. Pete, Phil @ Reeves in Tampa could have gotten you a better price for an OEM front bumper/grills/fogs than the replica (I know from personal experience).
Well that makes me feel good
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^I'd be willing to take the bumper off your hands if you decide to go OEM
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Mtech bumper

Hey...everyone knows a guy who can help you out after the fact.
No worries...your car looks fine.

I just bought this same bumper from JGMods too...and to be honest, I'm a little nervous. I've learned from experience that none of these mods are ever as easy as some of these vendors make them appear to be - especially with entire body parts.

Did you have to cut anything to insure the air flow going from the standard bumper to the Mtech bumper?

How would you adjust the bumper to tighten up the gaps?

My bumper is being painted right now so installation will be next week sometime.
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Hey...everyone knows a guy who can help you out after the fact.
No worries...your car looks fine.

I just bought this same bumper from JGMods too...and to be honest, I'm a little nervous. I've learned from experience that none of these mods are ever as easy as some of these vendors make them appear to be - especially with entire body parts.

Did you have to cut anything to insure the air flow going from the standard bumper to the Mtech bumper?

How would you adjust the bumper to tighten up the gaps?

My bumper is being painted right now so installation will be next week sometime.
Nothing needed to be trimmed at all. However if you have a 335i and want to run fog lights you are definitely going to want to trim the brackets.

You don't have anything to worry about. I am going to try a rubber washer/bushing under the hex screws on the driver side to close the gap. This should be a very easy adjustment.

You are going to love it. I just wish we could find a company to make us a grille for the outer portion of the bumper so we can run a fog delete.
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I wouldn't be able to overlook that gap.
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I wouldn't be able to overlook that gap.
People, the gap will be fixed in no time flat. I could make your OEM bumper have a gap if I didn't align it properly. When I have a few minutes to work on it this week I will post update pictures.

I am much more concerned about figuring out the fog light section of the grille than I am with the gap.
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I am much more concerned about figuring out the fog light section of the grille than I am with the gap.
Fog light delete with 335is OEM mesh?
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Terrific write up Jeremy. Me and Jeremy have exchanged PM's in regards to that gap is a really easy fix. Already sent him a PM with what can be done to fix it I want to thank JStang personally for taking the time to write this up & taking pictures. If anyone has any questions about the bumper, feel free to PM me with any questions.
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Hey...everyone knows a guy who can help you out after the fact.
No worries...your car looks fine.

I just bought this same bumper from JGMods too...and to be honest, I'm a little nervous. I've learned from experience that none of these mods are ever as easy as some of these vendors make them appear to be - especially with entire body parts.

Did you have to cut anything to insure the air flow going from the standard bumper to the Mtech bumper?

How would you adjust the bumper to tighten up the gaps?

My bumper is being painted right now so installation will be next week sometime.
I agree, The car does look fine, the bumper just needs adjustment.

FWIW, I did post the price of my OEM bumper on JGmods thread
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GAP UPDATE!! BONEHEAD ALERT!!

I opened the hood up to change a burnt out angel eye and remembered seeing a small indent on the firewall of the hood a while back where one of the couplers from my Stett CAI had rested against. I decided to shut the hood a bit harder and gap gone!

Here are a few update pics. Sorry about the color since it was at night but you get the idea. With that said, the JGMods bumper fits d@mn near perfectly!!


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GAP UPDATE!! BONEHEAD ALERT!!

I opened the hood up to change a burnt out angel eye and remembered seeing a small indent on the firewall of the hood a while back where one of the couplers from my Stett CAI had rested against. I decided to shut the hood a bit harder and gap gone!

Here are a few update pics. Sorry about the color since it was at night but you get the idea. With that said, the JGMods bumper fits d@mn near perfectly!!


Well done . Now I really want one.
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I want to thank JStang personally for taking the time to write this up & taking pictures. If anyone has any questions about the bumper, feel free to PM me with any questions.
Do you offer these painted?
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Do you offer these painted?
I will answer for him. Yes he does. PM him or check out pricing on his site.
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