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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Mon, Apr-10-2017, 07:55:40 PM   #1
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Default E36 Lower Mesh Grill Attachment-Alternative Methods

Hello Everyone,

I was wondering if anyone has found a clever way to attach the lower mesh grill to the bumper.

By design, the bumper has these little 1/8" tabs that extend towards the radiator, and the mesh slips over these tabs. There are little locking washers that press onto the taps, securing the mesh in place.

I dunno, probably about 8 years ago I took out a fox driving on some backroads, and the fox took out my mesh grill along with all of the tabs that held it in place.

Aside from buying a new bumper, does anyone else have any ideas or solutions?

I tried JB weld, that didnt really work to well...

Any help is appreciated!

For reference, I am talking about ITEM 9 below. ITEM 10 are the washers that press on holding it in place.
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I hope you get some good ideas as the little nubs have been ripped off of mine as well.
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I used metal body repair tape along the top and bottom edges. Holding up well so far after 4 track days.
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That sounds like something to try. Where could I procure the tape?

Anyone else have this issue? I'd love to get a new bumper and get rid of the rock chips too, but that's a future project...
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Black silicone. Works excellent and can take hits. Easy to slice and clean off in the future too.
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That sounds like something to try. Where could I procure the tape?
Any auto parts store would have it in the body repair section. http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...d=metal+repair
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I drilled little holes and used 4 inch zip ties. Mine bumper is clearanced for an intercooler so I needed a new attachment method. Since my car is dark green, you don't see the little zip ties unless you look closely. The zip tie method has worked for me for about 10 years.
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Are you guys still using the stock plastic insert with these methods are an aftermarket mesh screen?
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Are you guys still using the stock plastic insert with these methods are an aftermarket mesh screen?
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