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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Mon, Nov-22-2010, 02:28:05 PM   #21
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Anybody want to report back how their filled in reflectors look after a couple of years?

I'm looking for a respray and contemplating filling in the reflectors vs buying euro bumper.
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Old Mon, Mar-26-2012, 12:39:02 AM   #23
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Anybody want to report back how their filled in reflectors look after a couple of years?

I'm looking for a respray and contemplating filling in the reflectors vs buying euro bumper.
had it done years ago. it will crack and start showing the seam of the filling.

the short story of it all is to do it right and just get the euro oem bumper.
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Old Mon, Mar-26-2012, 12:42:20 AM   #24
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Anybody want to report back how their filled in reflectors look after a couple of years?

I'm looking for a respray and contemplating filling in the reflectors vs buying euro bumper.
Find a donor bumper, cut out some pieces of it to fill your cutouts. Then melt small prices of the donor bumper to fill in the cracks. This is the best way.
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Old Mon, Mar-26-2012, 01:20:05 AM   #25
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Default Re: Had a Euro bumper made

I've heard the term "shaved" reflectors. I thought "shaved" was a process of sanding or cutting down aftermarket reflector covers, prior to respraying, to create a smooth look on an OEM bumper. Maybe is was an assumption on my part. Has anyone used this method? Would it work?
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i kno in europe there is no 5 mph impact protection requirement for bumpers, hence european bumpers are tucked in to the body much closer than on north american models because there's no need for foam.

just wondering if this is also the case for bmw's ? i have a jetta that i converted to euro bumpers several years ago, looks much better than the north american bumpers which looked like balconies ...
i've worked with US spec bumpers, euro bumpers (aluminum and kevlar carriers) and csl bumpers. i never noticed any difference in appearance. but i believe the us spec bumper shocks/carrier is rated for 8 KM/H = 5 MPH and the euro ones are rated for 4KM/H = 2.49 MPH.
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Find a donor bumper, cut out some pieces of it to fill your cutouts. Then melt small prices of the donor bumper to fill in the cracks. This is the best way.
^^this is how mine was done....
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Old Mon, Mar-26-2012, 01:45:11 PM   #28
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Default Re: Had a Euro bumper made

What is the reflector delete plastic made of, can that be used or is it different material. I'm planning on having some paint work done soon also.
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Default Re: Had a Euro bumper made

Mine still looks perfect... well, the shaved reflectors look perfect, but I wish I didn't have all the freakin' rock chips. I'll have to ask my buddy exactly what his shop used.
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Default Re: Had a Euro bumper made

What's wrong with just painting over the reflectors? I really like how they accent the bumper when they are painted. Not much, but it does add a little bit of contrast which I like.
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