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Old 08-18-2009, 01:25 PM   #1
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Arrow metal to plastic bumper conversion

I have an '87 325is and looking to swap from metal to plastic bumpers/valance/spoiler (front and back). There are a few scrap cars in my area. One of which is a '91 318 4-door. Based on what I have seen/read they should be fairly compatible. Does anyone have experience as to what is swappable and what is not? I can probably get the car for $500 so I am sure it would be worth it just for the bumpers.

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Old 08-18-2009, 01:30 PM   #2
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the only difference is the rear bumper as the body line on your 87 is different along the bottom side trunk area. it's gonna look a little odd like something is missing. otherwise everything bolts on.

Cross your fingers you can get the bumper bolts loose. they are a bitch to remove and can snap. which creates a new problem.
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latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:17 PM   #3
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How do you think the rear plastic bumper will look with the black door and fender moldings removed?
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:07 PM   #4
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why would you want to do that? personally...and this is my personal opinion..CRAP!!
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2 IX's -sold and parts
2 325i 4 dr - sold
4 318is all white - sold and parts
1 87 325is red - parts
1 89 325i vert grey - parts
1 90 325is white - keepin
1 87 325i vert -red - keepin
latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
latest addition 1 92-318i vert - blue - parts
latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

latest addition as of 2013-Gold 87-325is auto! it's a keeper!
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:56 PM   #5
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lol ok....the 88+ cars are longer so the bumper has to be trimmed and you have to almost suck in the top of the bumper along the sides to close the distance since the post facelift cars are wider as well. I did the swap to my car even if you need help doing it let me know.

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Old 08-18-2009, 05:01 PM   #6
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ah! thanks for the tip Matt, good to know. I knew the rear lights were smaller on the earlier models but didn't know the body was shorter on the tail end..but that's bmw for ya.
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2 325i 4 dr - sold
4 318is all white - sold and parts
1 87 325is red - parts
1 89 325i vert grey - parts
1 90 325is white - keepin
1 87 325i vert -red - keepin
latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
latest addition 1 92-318i vert - blue - parts
latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

latest addition as of 2013-Gold 87-325is auto! it's a keeper!
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:41 PM   #7
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To add with the 87s they do not have the rear lower apron that hides the spare tire well which is part of the 88+unibody. If you can grab that cut it clean and weld it on.
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absolutely^^^^ but unfortunately most of the time these are hard to come by (clean ones) so the next best option is a decent fibreglass one.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:41 AM   #9
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thanks for the info. so the front bumper, valance, spoiler should be a breeze (providing i safely remove mine and the one from the '88). And the back is going to be a bit of a hack job. I'm thinking I will do the front, finagle the rear bumper and then take your suggestion with the fiberglass. It's not going to be for a while. do you happen to have any pics of what you did or some before and afters?
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:08 PM   #10
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final

umm well before is painfully obvious because thats what your looking at and the final is in the pics.
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Old 08-20-2009, 03:14 PM   #11
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haha. She looks real nice, man. Nice job. I have a couple more mechanical issues to fix up and then I should be on my way with cosmetics then I'll bug you some more.
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Old 08-20-2009, 04:00 PM   #12
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^^ It appears matty.dc did a great job with that conversion, better than most do.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:52 PM   #13
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lol some people are just hacks that's all
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:40 PM   #14
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umm well before is painfully obvious because thats what your looking at and the final is in the pics.
What did you get for the rear apron? That's the only part I haven't got for my conversion ('88 cabrio) and though I've seen some options, I'm still not sure.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:44 AM   #15
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Lightbulb help with purchase decision

alright, so I found...

-new style e30 front Bumper
- " rear bumper
- " front valance
-2 'front ellipsoid fog lights (used OEM) good condition'
-'brake system cooling mounting and tubes'
-'all hardware needed to install (mounting sleeves and 2 mounting bumper
shocks per bumper)'

*'the only thing not included is the lower thin chin rubber trim'
Is this going to be hard to find/expensive? Any idea what the part is
actually called or part #?

He wants $450 + shipping. What are you thoughts?
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