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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 Sun, Jul-16-2017, 12:51:07 AM   #1
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Default Swapping Bumper Covers/Fitment of Rep Bumper... HALP ME

So I've looked at a couple of DIY's and they all seem to cover everything except the actual metal bumper bracket, or I guess you could title it "bash bar", that fits into the bumper cover itself.

My question is, how do you swap that over?? My new bumper from Khoalty didn't come with one (didn't expect it to) and I really can't find any info on swapping the damn thing.
Do I just pry it out of my old bumper and slide it into my new one?

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Super easy. There are plastic push rivets on the bumper under the mouldings. Pry them out, and use new ones you can pick up from the dealer for like $10 for the whole bumper.
Its easiest if you remove the whole assembly, pull the cover off the rebar, attach the new cover to the rebar with new rivets, then reinstall on car.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/50x-Front-Re...-/201382009389
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Super easy. There are plastic push rivets on the bumper under the mouldings. Pry them out, and use new ones you can pick up from the dealer for like $10 for the whole bumper.
Its easiest if you remove the whole assembly, pull the cover off the rebar, attach the new cover to the rebar with new rivets, then reinstall on car.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/50x-Front-Re...-/201382009389
Sweeeet, really really appreciate the quick response and help!

Any way I can re-use the old push rivets? I'll see the availability at the dealer/dealers around me so I can snag em quick, but I plan to try and get the bumper on in the next few days and don't plan on waiting for something that minuscule to hold me back from putting it on (unless it ruins my bumpers fitment or completely makes it impossible to put it on).
I'd prefer to go the cheaper route, like that eBay link, but probably a vendor that's in the US, but I'm also guessing it's gonna be pretty cheap from the dealer as those push rivets look pretty universal!

Of course the old push rivets would only be temporary, I wouldn't leave them unless they work really well. Thanks again.
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The honest truth here is that replica bumper covers do not fit well even with everything else being correct.

Being able to reuse the plastic rivets depends on them being correct in the first place (so many old E36 have garbage hardware holding them together) and your ability to remove them without damage.

You need to get your bumper off and assess the situation with your own eyes. The removal and installation is very straight forward.
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The honest truth here is that replica bumper covers do not fit well even with everything else being correct.

Being able to reuse the plastic rivets depends on them being correct in the first place (so many old E36 have garbage hardware holding them together) and your ability to remove them without damage.

You need to get your bumper off and assess the situation with your own eyes. The removal and installation is very straight forward.
I can tell you this rep bumper cover, which is quite possibly what I already have (I'm the 6th owner, this car was lux pack but doesn't have lux bumper, and is missing a bellypan, air ducts, etc....), will fit better than whatever I have now.

I understand it's all straight forward, and I plan to get out there and rip it apart, but just want to know before hand.

I'm also assuming the push rivets are trashed and not installed right at the current bumper cover already sags a bit in the front from the bumper itself...
More than likely will make a visit to get new rivets Monday if the rivets are as beat as I'm expecting them to be.

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I can tell you this rep bumper cover, which is quite possibly what I already have (I'm the 6th owner, this car was lux pack but doesn't have lux bumper, and is missing a bellypan, air ducts, etc....), will fit better than whatever I have now.

I understand it's all straight forward, and I plan to get out there and rip it apart, but just want to know before hand.

I'm also assuming the push rivets are trashed and not installed right at the current bumper cover already sags a bit in the front from the bumper itself...
More than likely will make a visit to get new rivets Monday if the rivets are as beat as I'm expecting them to be.

Ok well if you want it done right...

51111944537 (x8) - these are push through pin rivets used to hold the front face of the cover to the support bar.

Then there are four more rivets that attach on the underside of the support bar. I had a different rivet in mind but realoem just says to use more of the 537 rivets.



537 rivets are the original style. The ones Chris shared will work too.
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Ok well if you want it done right...

51111944537 (x8) - these are push through pin rivets used to hold the front face of the cover to the support bar.

Then there are four more rivets that attach on the underside of the support bar. I had a different rivet in mind but realoem just says to use more of the 537 rivets.



537 rivets are the original style. The ones Chris shared will work too.
I only found four spots for the push rivets that were used to attach to the support...? I see the four I used in the picture (they jut out) but what are the other spots?? Guessing the four little slits on the bottom side?

This bumper is on and definitely fits A LOT better than my previous one. There's only one minor spot of sagging and it's on the side where I currently have no fender liner!
I doubt fender liner would help, and I'm definitely picky, but I think for the right reasons in my book.

I'll probably wait till I get new fender liner and a belly pan to remove the bumper again.
I'll post pics of the bumper soon.

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Really don't know what to do about it, but it 10/10 still looks better than my beat bumper lol.

Could the four pins on the bottom side of the bumper, that weren't on my other bumper really play that big of a role in the fitment?
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Yikes!

Loosen the 4 13mm nuts holding the bumper carrier to the bumper shocks. Hold the bumper up hard while tightening those nuts.
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Yep. Its more likely your rebar isn't bolted up tightly than the fitment of the bumper being that low.
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