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      03-30-2008, 09:03 PM   #1
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USDM body color front reflector inserts?

So here's a question for you guys - is anybody planning to fabricate a flush insert that fits in place of the OE orange front reflectors? I've seen the threads for the painted reflectors, but that seems like a band-aid solution to me... Painted is better, but I want the reflectors gone completely! I understand there would still be an outline where the reflector was located, but at least it would be flush and would match the contour of the bumper... Something like the round cover on the passenger side of the front bumper for the recovery eyelet.

Does that make sense and, if it does, who would be interested? Hopefully a vendor would pick up the idea and fabricate a solution if we can generate enough interest
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So here's a question for you guys - is anybody planning to fabricate a flush insert that fits in place of the OE orange front reflectors? I've seen the threads for the painted reflectors, but that seems like a band-aid solution to me... Painted is better, but I want the reflectors gone completely! I understand there would still be an outline where the reflector was located, but at least it would be flush and would match the contour of the bumper... Something like the round cover on the passenger side of the front bumper for the recovery eyelet.

Does that make sense and, if it does, who would be interested? Hopefully a vendor would pick up the idea and fabricate a solution if we can generate enough interest
That would be better, but noone ever did it for the E46 M3. Best option is to have a body shop fill and repaint, or just get the Euro bumper cover and keep the stock one for when you sell it. I'll be taking this latter route, as soon as the part is available to order.
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If someone makes it, it will probably look like the E92's reflector area. Your going to get a this outline of the reflector. IMO i rather have it come out than have 2 weird looking outlines.
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I too am leaning towards replacing with a Euro bumper when I get my car. However, due to cost I may just get the covers.

Here is my main concern, I've ordered SSII. How easy is it to repaint cars in M specific colors. I assume most body shops will have a tough time matching the color exactly. I rather have the orange deflectors than to have a mismatched bumper.

Anyone have experience on how to best address the repaint of M specific colors. I live in Ohio and would need the work to be done locally. (i.e don't suggest a body shop in CA, but rather a solution that is viable on the national level)
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I too am leaning towards replacing with a Euro bumper when I get my car. However, due to cost I may just get the covers.

Here is my main concern, I've ordered SSII. How easy is it to repaint cars in M specific colors. I assume most body shops will have a tough time matching the color exactly. I rather have the orange deflectors than to have a mismatched bumper.

Anyone have experience on how to best address the repaint of M specific colors. I live in Ohio and would need the work to be done locally. (i.e don't suggest a body shop in CA, but rather a solution that is viable on the national level)
First quality body should not have a problem matching the color, especially if they use factory brand paint. M-specific does not make any difference. Find out who the lokal BMW, Mercedes and Porsche dealers use for repairs.
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Anyone know where to get clear reflectors instead of the yellow ones?
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these ones are painted to your body color but they arent clear you can buy them here ..

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/E90-E...spagenameZWDVW
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Anyone know where to get clear reflectors instead of the yellow ones?
Clears were notorious for cracking/not fitting on E46, so I would imagine much the same for the E92.
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Best option is to have a body shop fill and repaint, or just get the Euro bumper cover and keep the stock one for when you sell it. I'll be taking this latter route, as soon as the part is available to order.

Agreed! I Might Fill and Repaint, But what I would LOVE to do Is just go with
The Euro Bumper BUT with the Front Sensors!
By the Time I get my Car, Im going to do some Research to see if I can
buy what is Needed as far as Front Sensor Parts goes to have them Functionable!!!
I love the Front Sensors and Dont know Why we didnt get them in the States!
If I can do that and its not Too Much Money, Im deffinetly going to go that route!

What you think Greg, You think It would be Possible to add the Front Sensors
if I get the Euro Bumper with the Sensors and Get the Parts to Make it work
on the Car???

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I would love to see a pair of quality clear reflectors, but im not getting my hopes up. All the ones i have purchase for cars in the past end up cracking and leaking...Euro bumper seems a little extreme, but hey if you got the money I say its the best option!
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The euro bumper would be the ideal solution, but expensive... Figure the cost of the bumper + at least $500 to shoot it. If a paint-to-match insert is the alternative, I guess I'd rather have a flush version and live with the outline - but that's me. We've already got an outline for the recovery eyelt cover, so what's a few more?

Either way, the aftermarket is just getting ramped up for the new M3... I'm sure there will be lots of options in a few months time!
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what do you guys think the euro bumper will cost unpainted?

I have the same dilema. I cant stand the orange reflectors. Its like dating a beautiful girl with a hairy mole on her face.

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what do you guys think the euro bumper will cost unpainted?

I have the same dilema. I cant stand the orange reflectors. Its like dating a beautiful girl with a hairy mole on her face.

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ok price run down.....


All Euro peices:

Front bumper with PDC and Washers $582
Front Bumper with Just washers $561
Front bumper blank no washers no PDC $539

the prices have been run down to the nearest dollar.

you can expect a paint job to come at around $300 to $600

total cost to cover some holes $850+

I am going to talk to my shop and see if they are interested in fabricating flush inserts just like the circle insert in the front bumper for the towing hook.

Will let you guys know cause this option might interest me as well if they come out well.
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ok price run down.....

All Euro prices:

Front bumper with PDC and Washers $582
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Depending on How much more the Front PDC Unit will be and all the necessary
parts I need to make the Front PDC Work will determain if its worth it or not....
I wanna hit two birds with once stone here, get the reflectors removed and
get front PDC to work "If Possible"

Is It possible to get the prices for the Front PDC or would anyone know
what parts we need to make it work?
I already have a close friend at the dealer/service so he is going to do the PDC install!
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Depending on How much more the Front PDC Unit will be and all the necessary
parts I need to make the Front PDC Work will determain if its worth it or not....
I wanna hit two birds with once stone here, get the reflectors removed and
get front PDC to work "If Possible"

Is It possible to get the prices for the Front PDC or would anyone know
what parts we need to make it work?
I already have a close friend at the dealer/service so he is going to do the PDC install!
If he works there he can probably get you the prices as well
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If he works there he can probably get you the prices as well
Ya im going to call him after work, see if he can find out....

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Ya im going to call him after work, see if he can find out....

Thanks
I'd find out for you but my dealer is starting to get annoyed with my calls for random part that I am not ordering lol
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ok price run down.....

All Euro prices:

Front bumper with PDC and Washers $582
Front Bumper with Just washers $561
Front bumper blank no washers no PDC $539

the prices have been run down to the nearest dollar.

you can expect a paint job to come at around $300 to $600

total cost to cover some holes $850+

I am going to talk to my shop and see if they are interested in fabricating flush inserts just like the circle insert in the front bumper for the towing hook.

Will let you guys know cause this option might interest me as well if they come out well.
Wow--you're converting Euro prices? Is it anything like cars where the US price is quite a bit less? I only paid just over $300 for my E46 Euro front bumper cover 3 years or so ago.
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Wow--you're converting Euro prices? Is it anything like cars where the US price is quite a bit less? I only paid just over $300 for my E46 Euro front bumper cover 3 years or so ago.
not converting thats US list price from the dealership. as for instance I already ordered my self the Euro switch assembly for the rear fog lights. It looks like this.

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not converting thats US list price from the dealership. as for instance I already ordered my self the Euro switch assembly for the rear fog lights. It looks like this.
How much was that? Guess you might as well install some front fogs now, maybe some tiny ones in the front ducts?
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