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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 Tue, Oct-10-2017, 11:10:45 PM   #31
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Default Re: Front bumper alignment

yes, i checked all four suction cups and studs before i put it back on. i fiddled with all the plastic liners, got it a little better aligned, and it's all bolted up.

the more i search on this issue the more i may just have the normal gap everybody complains about. and since my spacers fell off upon removal, i'm not 100% sure which way the end pieces are supposed to be oriented....i've found pictures of them situated a couple different ways online with no clear right answer.

i'm guessing that my hobby-lobby foam and maybe the end pieces being set so they're "too tall" is giving me the resistance such that the cover is trying to compress them when it's fully on the sliders. it took a little finagling to get the bumper gasket under the headlight trim. i'll see if i can get a pic up, but attachments to this site have been giving me fits recently.
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i got everything to fit together a little better than in this pic, but it shows what i'm talking about.
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Old Wed, Oct-11-2017, 04:51:57 PM   #33
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what if you tuck the edges into the bumper? yeah
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Old Thu, Oct-12-2017, 12:39:02 PM   #34
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that's what i'm saying...the edges don't tuck in because the bumper "springs" back out. don't focus on the gap in the fender liner, look at the alignment between the bumper and the fender.
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