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DMartBossman 08-16-2017 05:54 AM

What Grille looks better!?
 
Hey Everyone!
Need some help deciding which grille to stick with....

Chrome
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4346/...9100c395_b.jpg

Chrome outer with black center

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4408/...a3ec2c74_b.jpg

Matte Black

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4419/...42385680_b.jpg

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jeng 08-16-2017 06:03 AM

I think I prefer the chrome with black center. Middle photo. I'm eventually going to have to replace these parts too.

hodgkinsc330ci 08-16-2017 06:04 AM

Depends what kind of look you want to go for - personally, I prefer either the full black, or chrome-outer with black-inners look. I plasti-dipped mine black; I think they look great on Steel Grey. I've seen cars that look great with the chrome though, too. Always thought one of my friend's Sparkling Graphite ZHP looked great with chromes, but he recently switched to full black as well (plasti-dip)

IMO, full black looks better if you've got the matte-shadowline trim to accompany it along with the headlight shrouds. Btw, nice halos. Looks like the Khoalty ones, same on my car. :thumbup:

DMartBossman 08-16-2017 06:16 AM

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Originally Posted by hodgkinsc330ci (Post 17450641)
Depends what kind of look you want to go for - personally, I prefer either the full black, or chrome-outer with black-inners look. I plasti-dipped mine black; I think they look great on Steel Grey. I've seen cars that look great with the chrome though, too. Always thought one of my friend's Sparkling Graphite ZHP looked great with chromes, but he recently switched to full black as well (plasti-dip)

IMO, full black looks better if you've got the matte-shadowline trim to accompany it along with the headlight shrouds. Btw, nice halos. Looks like the Khoalty ones, same on my car. :thumbup:

Thank you for your feedback. TBH the look I am going with is mostly having it as sleek & authentic but still having that aggressive look, you know what i mean. I agree with you on the Chrome & Black-Inner. So far, My outer trim is still Chrome but sooner or later I am planning on getting it gloss black.

You are right about the Halos. They are Khaoltys and they are amazing. People under estimate them a lot and go with cheaper AE or they don't even look around.


Quote:

Originally Posted by jeng (Post 17450633)
I think I prefer the chrome with black center. Middle photo. I'm eventually going to have to replace these parts too.


Thank you man for your feedback!:thumbup::thumbup:

DMartBossman 08-16-2017 06:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hodgkinsc330ci (Post 17450641)
Depends what kind of look you want to go for - personally, I prefer either the full black, or chrome-outer with black-inners look. I plasti-dipped mine black; I think they look great on Steel Grey. I've seen cars that look great with the chrome though, too. Always thought one of my friend's Sparkling Graphite ZHP looked great with chromes, but he recently switched to full black as well (plasti-dip)

IMO, full black looks better if you've got the matte-shadowline trim to accompany it along with the headlight shrouds. Btw, nice halos. Looks like the Khoalty ones, same on my car. :thumbup:

Also this is how my car looks like

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4287/...50d9a334_b.jpg

Hamsocne 08-16-2017 06:21 AM

Middle pic.

hodgkinsc330ci 08-16-2017 06:33 AM

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Originally Posted by DMartBossman (Post 17450665)

Looks super clean man - I dig it. Honestly, if you're thinking about going gloss black for window trim, consider gloss black kidneys as an option. I've seen it on blue before, and it looks fantastic. To me, it's all about trying to make it match as much as possible; that's what looks best, when it all flows.

And yeah, the halos are great. Wish I would've opted for Orion V4's, but for $130 with a 2 year warranty, you can't beat the Khoalty AE's. Great kit, awesome price, easy install. Oh yeah, and nice CSL wheels too! Can't wait to get a hold of some Apex ARC-8's one of these days.

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hodgkinsc330ci 08-16-2017 06:38 AM

Another option in the mix - paint matched-outers with black inners. Not my pic, but gives you an idea of that with the gloss-black shadowline setup:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...e2465909ca.jpg

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lllRazorlll 08-16-2017 07:58 AM

Full chrome

BTW, what angel eyes do you have?

joeybananaz18 08-16-2017 08:16 AM

when I had my e92 I made my gloss black grills look like the 335is style- gloss black outers and chrome inners.

orb 08-16-2017 09:56 AM

Black is played out. Full OEM chrome just like new BMWs.

Overboost 08-16-2017 10:38 AM

My sig shows painted frames, black grilles :thumbsup:

armenh7 08-16-2017 10:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lllRazorlll (Post 17450801)
BTW, what angel eyes do you have?

Earlier, he mentioned Khoalty.

lllRazorlll 08-16-2017 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by armenh7 (Post 17451409)
Earlier, he mentioned Khoalty.

Missed that, thanks

bendoscopy 08-16-2017 11:41 AM

Chrome, absolutely. I think it goes great with topaz blue, mystic blue, orient blue, etc.

Spannerhead 08-16-2017 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by bendoscopy (Post 17451705)
Chrome, absolutely. I think it goes great with topaz blue, mystic blue, orient blue, etc.

^Yep; needs some contrast. No matte black or body-colored.

Fox Fader 08-16-2017 12:03 PM

Middle pic.

Mango 08-16-2017 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by DMartBossman (Post 17450665)

I would go pro stock BMW and remove *ALL* stickers and tint. And that front bracket. (gotta buy the strip)

Fun place to shoot. Here's a casual snap in that same spot I did years ago. Spot is played out but still fun

https://forum.e46fanatics.com/attachm...1&d=1502903350

Hobohunter 08-16-2017 01:18 PM

I would stick with chrome on your car. I don't like chrome as it tends to look cheap, but going black or paint matched on a darker car will prevent your grills from sticking out visually. I think lighter cars look good with black grills, but darker cars don't. I've never understood the appeal of "murdering out" a car, as it now has no distinct features.

B694515 08-16-2017 02:47 PM

Matte black. I have the BMW Performance Glossy Black and I have received so many compliments. People say it looks aggressive. My car is Alpine white so the contrast is very striking.


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