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Old 03-19-2006, 07:31 PM   #1
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Unhappy Can a cracked bumper be fixed?

Hey folks,

We just a got a huge dump of snow here in Edmonton and I ended up bottoming and plowing through a high snow bank and cracked my aftermarket m3 front bumper just below the grill in the center as well as above the grill.

Is it possible for a body shop to fix this somehow or do I have to get a whole new front bumper?

If I have to get a new one, can anybody point me in the direction of either a quality used one or to a company that has good proces for new ones?

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Old 03-19-2006, 07:59 PM   #2
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Hey folks,

We just a got a huge dump of snow here in Edmonton and I ended up bottoming and plowing through a high snow bank and cracked my aftermarket m3 front bumper just below the grill in the center as well as above the grill.

Is it possible for a body shop to fix this somehow or do I have to get a whole new front bumper?

If I have to get a new one, can anybody point me in the direction of either a quality used one or to a company that has good proces for new ones?

Thanks,
Tom

now you mentioned aftermarket, im gonna assume its made of fibreglass, fibreglass is fixable, but not cheap, look into spending at least 200 to fix the crack and paint to match, they are basicly gonna take your bumper, repair it using fibreglass, reinforce that spot so it doesnt futher crack anymore and then repaint it.
any place that does custom stuff or paint place (installation of body kits etc.) will do this for you
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:05 PM   #3
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It's actually plastic. Would that change things?
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:06 PM   #4
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How do they repair cracked Eurethane or Plastic bumpers?
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:08 PM   #5
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they could plastic weld it.
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:17 PM   #6
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It's actually plastic. Would that change things?
Yes it does; it will be more expensive (plastic welding, like mentioned above), and it will not be as durable...might start cracking soon, as body fillers have a hard time sticking to plastic...
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:38 PM   #7
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So it looks like I should purchase a new bumper. Can anybody let me know what a new one go's for these days? I already have the mesh and the ducts so I just need the bumper. Perhaps the splitter too just to finish it off. I am pretty sure the one I purchased was not fiberglass and I do not want to go down that route. Any good companies to go through?
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:30 PM   #8
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first plastic weld it, it's not difficult to do actually.. just practice on some other pieces of plastic/urethane first so you can do it cleanly. Then reinforce the back with some sheet metal and some ethyl based plastic bonder. In the chance of another impact happening, the plastic welded area will be much less likely to flex then.

However, since your front bumper is fiberglass... most bodyshops can fix it. Just have to remove it first... it'll need to be reworked, and repainted.
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Old 03-20-2006, 03:54 PM   #9
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I found out that I have the m-tech kit and he quoted me a price of $620 for the bumper.
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Old 03-20-2006, 05:52 PM   #10
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here is a picture of my old M3 bumper i cracked last winter (sold now). when i took it to the bodyshop they actually fixed it eventho i told them to get me a new bumper since the insurance was paying for it.

i still got a new bumper and got to sell this one. it looked actually pretty decent, the front was sanded and there was no way to tell that anything happened to it.

also heard that fiberglas once fixed should actually be even stronger in that area then it was before.
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:01 PM   #11
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Do you remember how much it cost to get fixed? I have an OEM plastic and am worried that it might not come out that good. Like I said previously I was quoted $620 for a new m-tech bumper.

I will swing by the bodyshop tomorrow and see what they say about it.

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Old 03-20-2006, 10:44 PM   #12
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Do you remember how much it cost to get fixed? I have an OEM plastic and am worried that it might not come out that good. Like I said previously I was quoted $620 for a new m-tech bumper.

I will swing by the bodyshop tomorrow and see what they say about it.

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nah i never asked them to do it, but they still did it lol so it was for free. but they did charge me enough for the paintjob on the other hand.

and yeah an OEM sounds about right for $620
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