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      09-30-2009, 01:10 AM   #1
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Clear front bumper side reflectors

I ordered and installed front white side reflectors a few months back, but they got damaged during a bump in with another car. (his fault) Regardless the fit on them was not really perfect because they were not flush with the bumper. Got them from JLEVIS.com (not sure if thats correct site, but some like that). Well any how. Im back on the ugly orange stock ones and man I gotta tell you. I gotta get rid of them. So I was thinking on getting the clear ones. Problem is I got no clue on where to find them. Ebay is not working with me. And I dont trust the Jlevis site anymore on those items. Can you recommend a site please. Clear ones would be perfect I believe, or another set of white ones from a different site. Car is E92 M3 Coupe, AW.
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Don't do the clears! Not cause I don't like them, in fact I think they look the best on AW, but because after purchasing a set for my car and fast forward 12mos, they are now yellowing. I now prefer the orange believe it or not.
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I ordered and installed front white side reflectors a few months back, but they got damaged during a bump in with another car. (his fault) Regardless the fit on them was not really perfect because they were not flush with the bumper. Got them from JLEVIS.com (not sure if thats correct site, but some like that). Well any how. Im back on the ugly orange stock ones and man I gotta tell you. I gotta get rid of them. So I was thinking on getting the clear ones. Problem is I got no clue on where to find them. Ebay is not working with me. And I dont trust the Jlevis site anymore on those items. Can you recommend a site please. Clear ones would be perfect I believe, or another set of white ones from a different site. Car is E92 M3 Coupe, AW.
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they're not supposed to be flush with the bumper. they are supposed to sit exactly how the stock ones do, a little raised from the bumper.
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I thought you would have the Euro Spec front bumper cause youre in Italy.
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I thought you would have the Euro Spec front bumper cause youre in Italy.
+1,000,000 !! My thoughts exactly!! One huge benefit to living in Europe!
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I had the clears and didn't like them, best option to replace orange are the painted ones!

maybe you should try them, see my picture below, sorry for the size
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+1,000,000 !! My thoughts exactly!! One huge benefit to living in Europe!

That's a common misconception. If your a U.S. citizen associated with U.S. forces overseas we purchase our cars through special military sales programs, not on the private economy. Which means we get U.S. spec. vehicles just like you. It's tax free and a lot cheaper than euro spec vehicles.
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Sorry to hear the reflectors were damaged but not sure why you wouldn't trust us for another set. If you want to delete the reflectors, I would do the painted ones we carry to blend in with the rest of the bumper. Otherwise, you can do clear or smoked again.
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they're not supposed to be flush with the bumper. they are supposed to sit exactly how the stock ones do, a little raised from the bumper.
Sorry for not being clear on the flush part. I did not mean flush with the bumper. That was my poor choice of words. What I meant to say was; I would pop them into place and there would be like 1/8th of an inch sticking out on the bottom. There was a gap. like they would not fit in properly. Left side was good, but right side would stick out. You could not tell by looking at it from the front, but for ppl who know about M3s, they would see it. Plus I could see it like a sore spot. And you know how much ones own car has got to be perfect.....
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I thought you would have the Euro Spec front bumper cause youre in Italy.
Nope. I ordered my car through Pentagon BMWs, who make american spec cars. Otherwise I would have the hardest time getting my car back to the states after my current tour in europe.
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That's a common misconception. If your a U.S. citizen associated with U.S. forces overseas we purchase our cars through special military sales programs, not on the private economy. Which means we get U.S. spec. vehicles just like you. It's tax free and a lot cheaper than euro spec vehicles.
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Sorry to hear the reflectors were damaged but not sure why you wouldn't trust us for another set. If you want to delete the reflectors, I would do the painted ones we carry to blend in with the rest of the bumper. Otherwise, you can do clear or smoked again.
Look. Im not clowning your product. In fact all the other mods I got for my car came from you guys and they are top notch. Just that the white colored reflectors would not fit like the orange stock ones. As described on another reply within this post, the AW painted replacements would stick out about 1/8th of an inch. Not sure if I will face the same problem once I order another set. What do you think.
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I appreciate the response and no worries. All reflectors, painted, clear or smoked are designed to stick out from the bumper. That is how the factory reflectors are designed so it will be difficult to produce a reflector that is 100% flush. These are designed to improve upon the factory look and at least help with the nasty amber color.
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Clear ones would be perfect I believe, or another set of white ones from a different site.
ALL clear/smoke reflectors are the same ('DEPO' brand), no matter where you order them from, so forget about them man. And yes, all the ones I've seen have a gap (larger on right side indeed), trap water inside, and are thicker and cheaper looking than OEM.

I don't like the 'patched' look of painted OEMs, so I reluctantly left the stockers until a better clear (if ever) comes around. Take care.
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...and your posting a picture of the clears why? To show everyone what they look like BEFORE they turn yellow?
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I have clears on my AW M3 and they are not yellow. However I have only had them on my car for 5-6 months now. I was trying to decide between the clear and smoked at first then went clear. I must say I like them better than the orange!

At Bimmerfest I saw a lot of AW reflectors that actually were "white" but it did not match the AW paint on the bumper exactly so I didnt like how they looked. I think this is just one of those things that either your going to like it or not. Plus this is one mod that doesnt cost a ton of $$ so if they get yellow they are not a huge investment to pop out and put in new ones!
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I had clears at first...then developed moisture inside the housing lenses over time. I now have painted. However, I think clear looks way better than painted. However, I'm sticking with the painted ones for now because it's better than seeing moisture inside everytime it rains.

My understanding is that the clear ones are all manufactured by the same company in Taiwan. I want to say the company is DECO if I'm not mistaken. DECO is embossed on the outside along the bottom edge of the reflector in tiny letters so it's not noticeable unless you're looking for it.
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I had clears at first...then developed moisture inside the housing lenses over time. I now have painted. However, I think clear looks way better than painted. However, I'm sticking with the painted ones for now because it's better than seeing moisture inside everytime it rains.

My understanding is that the clear ones are all manufactured by the same company in Taiwan. I want to say the company is DECO if I'm not mistaken. DECO is embossed on the outside along the bottom edge of the reflector in tiny letters so it's not noticeable unless you're looking for it.
D E P O

at least that's what mine say....
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Go with IND or WheelSTO, they use OEM reflectors that have great fitment and the color matches spot on.

It looks like your reflectors don't match the car. I know for a fact bimmian doesn't use OEM reflectors as I bought from them in the past and the fitment is like what you said except I had the E46 M and I would never purchase that from them ever again. They have nice packaging but that is as far as I would go with them.

I know of 4 companies that are not sponsors on this board and from looking on google they have clear reflectors that are OEM knock offs and not DEPO brand.
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How are **********s painted reflectors?
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Go with IND or WheelSTO, they use OEM reflectors that have great fitment and the color matches spot on.

It looks like your reflectors don't match the car. I know for a fact bimmian doesn't use OEM reflectors as I bought from them in the past and the fitment is like what you said except I had the E46 M and I would never purchase that from them ever again. They have nice packaging but that is as far as I would go with them.

I know of 4 companies that are not sponsors on this board and from looking on google they have clear reflectors that are OEM knock offs and not DEPO brand.
Ok

what are these companies? post them or pM me

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