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Old 01-26-2010, 11:37 AM   #1
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body kit material

So, mostly because I'm an idiot, and partly because I left my glasses at some girl's house, I've bumped into a curb and damaged my front bumper.

Now, trying to make the best out of a bad situation, I've decided to replace the bumper and upgrade to an m3 look-alike. The original one is all pitted with stone chips any way.

I have a black, pre-facelift E46 sedan (saloon).

My question here is: What material should this bumper be made out of?

1) Urethane (I believe its also called polyurethane)
2) ABS plastic
3) Fiberglass

Now, I have no knowledge in anything per say, but I'm inclined to believe that a fiberglass bumper is worth its weight in shit. I'm just including it here for completeness, and to stimulate discussion.

Oh, also, If anyone has such a bumper just kicking around, I wouldn't mind negotiating a price.

Thanks for any input.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:55 AM   #2
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ABS Plastic/PUR is what you want.

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Old 01-26-2010, 03:20 PM   #3
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Fibreglass tends to be "brittle" and can crack if "dinged", whereas ABS will give and rebound.... Your stock bumpers are ABS...
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:01 AM   #4
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good deal? or no.

does this look like a good deal?

its polyU, and fits a 4dr prefacelift E46.

what should i be looking to pay for this kind of bumper?
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:13 AM   #5
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a "cheaper" price for the actual bumper may end up in more cost for install, paint and such.

Oem would be the best to get, think the ones from ASP are decent from what I can gather.
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