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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, Oct-09-2017, 05:04:37 PM   #1
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Default Front bumper alignment

I've reached a point where it bothers me to look at the driver's side of the bumper. Old threads that discuss the alignment no longer have pictures.

Is there a way to align it without removing the bumper?




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Default Re: Front bumper alignment

I'm interested in this as well. I've taken the bumper off and still can't seem to get the corners to line up with the fender. Mine look like yours.
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Default Re: Front bumper alignment

Once the corner lights are removed, you can see the plastic bumper mounts. Loosen the bolts and adjust the corner of the bumper in and out. If there is no movement inward, then the plastic bumper mount holes might need to be widened a bit with a dremel.
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Once the corner lights are removed, you can see the plastic bumper mounts. Loosen the bolts and adjust the corner of the bumper in and out. If there is no movement inward, then the plastic bumper mount holes might need to be widened a bit with a dremel.





Are those the said bolts?



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Are those the said bolts?



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Default Front bumper alignment

I loosened and then just took the bolts out completely. The bumper has some up/down adjustment but no inward adjustment in the direction of the wheel.


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Default Re: Front bumper alignment

My bumper is the same, there has to be a way to adjust inward/outward right?
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I loosened and then just took the bolts out completely. The bumper has some up/down adjustment but no inward adjustment in the direction of the wheel.


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You might need new mounts, or you can add some adjustment to the ones you have by using a dremel tool. It also might depend on which bumper mounting system you have. The one I did an adjustment on was a kevlar bar with a euro bumper.
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You might need new mounts, or you can add some adjustment to the ones you have by using a dremel tool. It also might depend on which bumper mounting system you have. The one I did an adjustment on was a kevlar bar with a euro bumper.


I just looked at the mount and it looks undamaged. I don't mind buying a new one but I don't think it is the culprit given that the bumper can not travel toward the wheel well with both bolts removed?

I'm not sure what dremmeling the holes would do if, with both bolts removed, there is no lateral movement.

I'm reluctant to remove the bumper because the other side looks really well and there Is no sag in the front....

Thoughts?

Edit: this part of the job was supposed to be the "five min while I'm in there changing the fan"... every time :|


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I just looked at the mount and it looks undamaged. I don't mind buying a new one but I don't think it is the culprit given that the bumper can not travel toward the wheel well with both bolts removed?

I'm not sure what dremmeling the holes would do if, with both bolts removed, there is no lateral movement.

I'm reluctant to remove the bumper because the other side looks really well and there Is no sag in the front....

Thoughts?

Edit: this part of the job was supposed to be the "five min while I'm in there changing the fan"... every time :|


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Ask daytonaviolet (Fern), but that is the only side adjustment to my knowledge.
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