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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 Wed, Sep-20-2017, 09:13:15 PM   #31
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Default Re: Camerons '97 Boston Green Build Thread

If you buy good used parts you can do this well under $2000 with paint (possibly with blending fenders too) if you take on the labor portion yourself.

Buying new I still maintain you can do this for $2k if you do the labor yourself and only sub out paint work.

Front bumper is $460 new from BMW and Hood is $550. I don't know where $250 came from but that is not new BMW, 100% guarantee that.
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Can a body shop not get that hood relatively back to normal as well? Spraying a nose panel and bumper, tossing some trim and some grilles on there, and having someone go at that hood might be the best option for the time being?
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Front bumper is $460 new from BMW and Hood is $550. I don't know where $250 came from but that is not new BMW, 100% guarantee that.
Thats just for the upper portion of the bumper, the part that surrounds the grills.
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Can a body shop not get that hood relatively back to normal as well? Spraying a nose panel and bumper, tossing some trim and some grilles on there, and having someone go at that hood might be the best option for the time being?

I've talked to a few shops, all of them say the hood is unrepairable.
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Thats just for the upper portion of the bumper, the part that surrounds the grills.
Thats called the nose panel.

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...d/41338225981/

non OEM option

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ez-parts...1338225981~ez/


https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...t/51112265639/

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...t/51112265638/

Grille
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...t/51138195151/
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...t/51138195152/

Non OEM option

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ecs-part...k/bm01-3602-b/

hood
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...d/41618135346/

I just saved you a minimum of $400.

Do it right, you can do it.
Pay once to do it right, cry now, or do it half assed, and cry multiple times later, either fixing it properly or losing your resale value.

Us old ****s have half assed shit before and learned.
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Default Re: Camerons '97 Boston Green Build Thread

Those links act odd. You can connect to the actual ECS links I posted, by clicking go straight to ECS, or you can browse the aftermarket options there.
Its mostly to suggest avoiding a terrible fitting CF hood by any means possible.
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Default Re: Camerons '97 Boston Green Build Thread

Thanks westopher. Much cheaper on ECS's site!

Also, I guess I'm just not sure how paint blending works. If I bring them the unpainted hood , unpainted nose panel, unpainted front bumper and my painted fenders, are they able to paint match that? In that case I could save a lot on labor costs.

It was my understanding that paint matching was making the fenders a gradient from the new paint to the old paint color from one end of the fender to the other. Is this correct? Or is the entire fender wet sanded and its blended from one side of the fender to the door panel?

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A good shop who is willing can do a very good job with coloring matching unmounted panels. Even if not perfect it's better than CF. If your end goal is to track this car out then color matching and carbon don't matter.
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The biggest wild card is the body shop... Getting high quality paint work for a low price can be difficult. But not impossible! I agree with the idea to look for used OEM parts and/or certain high quality aftermarket parts.

If you've ever seen a painted CF hood in the flesh, you'll understand why no one seems to like that idea. IF you do go that route, make sure you get a nice hood with rolled edges. Ironically I would venture to guess that probably all high quality CF hoods with rolled edges will cost more than an OEM hood. You probably know that race car parts while cool, and while they may indeed cost less, will fit like race car parts....... aka shit
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Hey guys,

I know it's been a while, I was job searching for a couple months and now its winter so I haven't been driving the bmw very often.

While I haven't fixed the hood/trim/nose panel yet, (I'll be going OEM), I thought I'd give a quick update on some parts I just purchased.

New Fog Lights (Clear)
Aluminum CSF Radiator
Aluminum Mishimoto Expansion Tank
Samco Hoses
Stewart water pump
Aluminum Thermostat Housing
SPAL electric fan conversion kit
Thermostat
All new belts
New idler/tensioner pulleys
Rear Shock Mount set

And best for last... Wheels. I think I'll keep them a secret until they arrive.

Gonna try and get this car in tip top shape by summer. Besides what I bought above, I need a new windshield, new window seals, hood, nose panel, grills, undertray, gauge cluster lights, all new plastic side trim and a diff flush.

Oh yeah... and suspension.

I've been considering air cups on coils, like the fortune auto 500 air piston kit. The problem is my driveway is very steep, and I am already scraping a tiny amount at the stock ride height. These setups, while $$$, seem to have the balance of performance and adjustability I need. I'd love to know if any of you guys have had any experience with them.


Cameron

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