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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
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Old Tue, Jan-14-2020, 06:19:44 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I've done a bit of searching but I can't seem to find a definitive answer so I was hoping to get a clearer idea through this thread.

I have an 2001, built in 07/01 and I am in the market for a new bumper. From the part numbers and a few threads I now understand that there are subtle differences between the two.

Aside from the Kevlar and Aluminum rebars, would I have any issues fitting an post 01 bumper on my car? I have a chance to purchase a 2005 bumper but I want to make sure fitment won't be an issue before I pull the trigger.

Any insight would be appreciated.

Thanks,

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The mounting system is also completely different.
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Hey guys,

I've done a bit of searching but I can't seem to find a definitive answer so I was hoping to get a clearer idea through this thread.

I have an 2001, built in 07/01 and I am in the market for a new bumper. From the part numbers and a few threads I now understand that there are subtle differences between the two.

Aside from the Kevlar and Aluminum rebars, would I have any issues fitting an post 01 bumper on my car? I have a chance to purchase a 2005 bumper but I want to make sure fitment won't be an issue before I pull the trigger.

Any insight would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Norman
If you have any interest, I'm selling an SGM euro bumper that's the early style.
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If you have any interest, I'm selling an SGM euro bumper that's the early style.
If you're from Austin shipping to Canada would cost quite a bit.

If what you saying is correct I may have to look at getting a aftermarket CSL bumper since it looks like I will be running into issues if I get a non 01 oem.
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The mounting system is also completely different.
The mounting structure can be removed and swapped around. It's held in by melted plastic "rivets". The bumper cover, less the mounting portion, is the same.

In short, yes you can make any bumper cover fit provided you take the time to make it work.
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I switched my 2001 from the aluminum carrier to a Kevlar carrier. I had to swap the carrier, the fog light wiring harness, the windshield washer tank, and the bumper cover. I bought a brand new Euro bumper cover and it had fitment issues at first until I cut off some mounting tabs inside the cover that I noticed were preventing it from sitting flush. Hope that helps.

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I switched my 2001 from the aluminum carrier to a Kevlar carrier. I had to swap the carrier, the fog light wiring harness, the windshield washer tank, and the bumper cover. I bought a brand new Euro bumper cover and it had fitment issues at first until I cut off some mounting tabs inside the cover that I noticed were preventing it from sitting flush. Hope that helps.

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How involved was the process to swap the carrier? I think one option is if I can't find an 01 bumper, I will find a kevlar carrier and do the swap but there aren't too many guides that explain that. If it is mostly just a remove and reinstall I think that would be something I can handle.
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How involved was the process to swap the carrier? I think one option is if I can't find an 01 bumper, I will find a kevlar carrier and do the swap but there aren't too many guides that explain that. If it is mostly just a remove and reinstall I think that would be something I can handle.
It was actually very simple. You have to drill out a couple rivets holding the front pistons onto the frame and the new carrier bolts into its place. The fog lights harness is just barely too short if you want to use the clips to run the wires properly. I had a spare harness so I just used it, but I think you might be able to get away with the 2001 one. Finally you will need the newer washer reservoir as the old one doesn't mount properly. The fill tube can be reused though.

Edit: The horns also attach to the kevlar carrier. I didn't have to worry about them because the carrier I bought came with them. I'm not sure if there is any difference between them though.
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It was actually very simple. You have to drill out a couple rivets holding the front pistons onto the frame and the new carrier bolts into its place. The fog lights harness is just barely too short if you want to use the clips to run the wires properly. I had a spare harness so I just used it, but I think you might be able to get away with the 2001 one. Finally you will need the newer washer reservoir as the old one doesn't mount properly. The fill tube can be reused though.

Edit: The horns also attach to the kevlar carrier. I didn't have to worry about them because the carrier I bought came with them. I'm not sure if there is any difference between them though.
Thank you! I will see if I can hunt around for one. A guy locally wants to sell me his kevlar carrier for $800, but thats literally the price of a CSL rep locally. Depending on the work involved it looks like my best bet maybe to get the CSL rep.

Thankful for everyone and their input!
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https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/172743839189

Edit: oh you are in Canada. Maybe ask if the guy will ship?

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