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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Mar-26-2010, 02:01:30 PM   #31
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I took a very close look at my trunk latch (I have the factory spoiler), and I'm glad to find that there is no sign of corrosion, rust, dirt, cracking or flex in the area. It looks like it is brand new under there, and I'm sure it will be fine for another 11 years without reinforcing it.

I've never heard of this being a problem before either, but I can see why it can happen...
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[QUOTE=M3Works4Me;4639107]I took a very close look at my trunk latch (I have the factory spoiler), and I'm glad to find that there is no sign of corrosion, rust, dirt, cracking or flex in the area. It looks like it is brand new under there, and I'm sure it will be fine for another 11 years without reinforcing it.

I don't know why you wouldn't reinforce it, and I'd even go out on a limb and say that not reinforcing the trunk isn't a wise stand to take.
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Old Fri, Mar-26-2010, 05:20:09 PM   #33
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I took a very close look at my trunk latch (I have the factory spoiler), and I'm glad to find that there is no sign of corrosion, rust, dirt, cracking or flex in the area. It looks like it is brand new under there, and I'm sure it will be fine for another 11 years without reinforcing it.

I've never heard of this being a problem before either, but I can see why it can happen...
I pointed this fix out to a buddy of mine who has a spoiler and I can say that I was amazed at how much heavier his trunk (has spoiler) was to mine (no spoiler). I'm surprised this isn't more of an issue for guys with spoilers.
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I don't know why you wouldn't reinforce it, and I'd even go out on a limb and say that not reinforcing the trunk isn't a wise stand to take.
Well, wise or not, I guess since it has shown no sign of a problem, I'd just rather not add tacky little bits of metal to the car that don't need to be there unless I had to, and even then I'd finish it off nicely (no sharp corners etc) & match the color, (like you did), but that's just me. To each his own.

In 11 years it hasn't started to be a problem, so until it is, I'll leave well enough alone. Your fix is a good idea if it's needed.
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My trunk latch just quit working...trunk won't shut. The latch won't move at all when I lock/unlock it.
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My trunk latch just quit working...trunk won't shut. The latch won't move at all when I lock/unlock it.
That's what happened to mine and how I discovered the problem. If your sheetmetal is flexing it will put more stress on the latch and break. Sorry to say I think you need a new latch. They aren't too expensive though.
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That's what happened to mine and how I discovered the problem. If your sheetmetal is flexing it will put more stress on the latch and break. Sorry to say I think you need a new latch. They aren't too expensive though.
Screw that...I'll fix it.
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Bevel the edges and it'll look better. It looks like too much of an add-on to me, even if it's a functional piece and not seen with the trunk shut. I'm anal like that, though.

A simple bevel on the edges would make it look much more stock-like (no, I'm not an OEM *****. lol) all the while still serving the same function. If you chamfer the holes the bolts would have a more countersunk appearance.

Good job.
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Bevel the edges and it'll look better. It looks like too much of an add-on to me, even if it's a functional piece and not seen with the trunk shut. I'm anal like that, though.

A simple bevel on the edges would make it look much more stock-like (no, I'm not an OEM *****. lol) all the while still serving the same function. If you chamfer the holes the bolts would have a more countersunk appearance.

Good job.
The holes are chamfered, but not enough for the big torx head on these screws. Beveling the edges would not be worth the effort IMO. You never see it if it's color matched, or remember it's there unless you look for it. It looks like a relatively oem support brace. I am anal too; if you tried it you'd realize you'd never notice it's there.
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Discussing DIY: Reinforce Your Trunk Latch (Cars with Spoilers!) in the E36 M3 (1992-1999) Forum - {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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