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front valance fitment

Postby dahabit » Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:24 pm

Will this one from an 89 325i fit my 87 325is?
I do have my bumper tucked in.

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Re: front valance fitment

Postby M20_fever » Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:27 pm

Yes, but not bolt on. You'll need to drill all the spot welds holding the current valance panel on and reweld the new one in place.
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby dahabit » Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:29 pm

How much would you pay for it?
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby M20_fever » Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:01 am

Just for the valance or for someone to install it too?
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby dahabit » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:46 am

Just for the part pictured.
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby M20_fever » Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:17 am

With the fog lights included, maybe $250-300 if it's in good condition, hard to tell from the pic.
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby Yoshi » Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:10 am

Weld? I dunno about converting early to late. But you shouldn't need to weld the new one on. Maybe drill some extra holes or fab some brackets.
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby M20_fever » Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:00 pm

to do it properly it should be spot welded and seam sealed into place just like it was from the factory. He could just drill some holes and ziptie it if he wants, but then he'd be a fanboy drifter. ;)

I don't think there is any difference in construction between early and late as far as front end goes, which is why they did the facelift models before switching to plastic bumpers.
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby dahabit » Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:10 pm

they way my car currently sits, I consider anything to be an improvement.
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby 87e30 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:33 pm

If you'd consider anything to be an improvement I'd GLADLY trade you the front end of my white 87 325is for the front end of yours. :-D I'm keeping my clear blinker lenses though. :-P
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby dahabit » Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:52 pm

So what do you guys think? Should I get it? He is offering it for $200 OBO.
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby M20_fever » Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:42 pm

your call man, the price isn't bad but it's going to be more work that you think, and that's assuming you don't find rust or bent sheet metal to deal with. If I were you I would save for some euro bumpers and an after market early model valance like a Zender or Alpina rep.

Also keep in mind, you'll probably want the plastic bumper to go with that valance, or you'll need the bumper surround from a facelift car to use your current bumper.
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby Yoshi » Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:51 am

Yea def needs plastic bumper. And what Tony said. It'll take work and the rear will look funny and not match the front. I'd do a full plastic swap. But that's just me. I'm willing to put the work in.
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby dahabit » Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:47 pm

Thanks for the honest opinion guys. I really wish I could just replace the original.
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Re: front valance fitment

Postby 87e30 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:04 pm

And why can't you just replace the original?
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