From digest.v7.n883 Tue Jan 6 07:02:21 1998
From: Kwmitch2 <Kwmitch2_at_aol.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 04:36:13 EST
Subject: Re: Flush Bumpers on E-30
In a message dated 98-01-04 18:02:47 EST, you write:
<< E30 Parts needed... >>
Sorry, bubba, but those cool looking bumpers are gonna be a pain in the rearto
put on you car, especially on the rear.
First off, the rear on 6/88-'91 cars have an overhang that comes down past the
bumper and covers the exhaust sysyem and the spare tire well. Also the panel
in the back of older cars('84-5/88) has a slight angle under the licence
plate, unlike the newer style which is completely straight from one tailight
to the other.
Second, the front has totally different sheet metal that is goona be a pain to
both install AND locate from a salvage yard, as most of them are coming in hit
in the front.
I "think" that the tow points are different to, but I am not to sure of that.
Barbarian AutoSport sells a retrofit kit (lights, brackets and all hardware)
to the european bumper set up, but are for "off road use only". I personnaly
havn't seen it but you might give them a call to inquire about it.
Another alternative that I have heard of but is totally unacceptable to me is
taking out the bumper shocks and compressing them. This however defeats the
purpose of them as they compress to absorb the shock of a mild bump, saving
any potential damage to the frame.
I have heard that there is a kit that has shorter yet functional shocks that
replace the factory ones and bring in the bumper closer to the car. This kit I
am curious about because I would like to here the results of installation from
other Digesters that may have this upgrade. Is it compatible with the "is"
front spoiler from '87?
Of course I am not omnipotent, so I may be wrong. Anybody else out there know
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'90 325iCA -older style US bumpers (AUGH!)
'88 ///M-3 -Ah, what beautiful bumpers!