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Old 02-28-2017, 09:43 PM   #1
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So today started the process of the installation of the M Tech II bumpers and ZHP side skirts for my 325i. I dropped off the front and rear bumpers, the ZHP side skirts, front and rear tow hook covers and the lower valance for the rear M Tech II bumper last week and picked everything up today with the exception of the rear bumper lower valance. A mistake was made by painting it gloss black instead of satin black. So the paint shop said they would repaint it and have it ready in a day or so.

As I got home I removed the rear bumper only to find that the "exact replacement kit" that needed no additional brackets from ECS indeed needs the pre facelift rear bumper upper brackets and rear lower supports.

Rear fender brackets
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Rear fender supports
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So I have to go to work in Sebring in the morning for a week with Trans-Am and I ordered the correct brackets from the dealer and they should be there by the time I get back.

So the first day of my M Tech II conversion is shot and will have to wait until I get home next week. I did hang the bumper on the rear and with the T45 bolts and lined things up and see that it looks like I also need some rear fender liners? The upper liner outer edges don't seem to line up properly with the upper edge of the bumper. I am not sure yet but I will look into the part numbers for the ZHP sedan pieces. Also a underneath panel on the right side between the spare tire well and the battery box seems like it may be different as well. I did take some time to clean 15 years of dirt from behind the bumper and will post more progress as I move forward.

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Old 02-28-2017, 11:44 PM   #2
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Nice! Cant wait to see everything bolted/clipped on.
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Cannot wait for the finishing results. I'll be transforming my 325i into a M the same way later this year.

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It starts with the small essentials. Like the tail lights, those look M already

Nice.

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It starts with the small essentials. Like the tail lights, those look M already

Nice.
The tail lights are Depo R/C/R aftermarket. The factory European units are hard to find and twice the cost. (over $300). The Depo kit was $160 shipped. I bought aftermarket M Tech II bumpers too but with a car that's over 15 years old you just have to justify the cost of OEM. Some items I will not compromise on but OEM is always my first choice.

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Nice. I like that you made the trunk handle body-colored
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Nice. I like that you made the trunk handle body-colored


Just noticed that.
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Nice. I like that you made the trunk handle body-colored
Thanks. I painted the trunk handle and the kidney grille frames to match. I thought it looked good on Alpine White
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So today started the process of the installation of the M Tech II bumpers and ZHP side skirts for my 325i. I dropped off the front and rear bumpers, the ZHP side skirts, front and rear tow hook covers and the lower valance for the rear M Tech II bumper last week and picked everything up today with the exception of the rear bumper lower valance. A mistake was made by painting it gloss black instead of satin black. So the paint shop said they would repaint it and have it ready in a day or so.

As I got home I removed the rear bumper only to find that the "exact replacement kit" that needed no additional brackets from ECS indeed needs the pre facelift rear bumper upper brackets and rear lower supports.

Rear fender brackets
51127000347
51127000348

Rear fender supports
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511281195322

So I have to go to work in Sebring in the morning for a week with Trans-Am and I ordered the correct brackets from the dealer and they should be there by the time I get back.

So the first day of my M Tech II conversion is shot and will have to wait until I get home next week. I did hang the bumper on the rear and with the T45 bolts and lined things up and see that it looks like I also need some rear fender liners? The upper liner outer edges don't seem to line up properly with the upper edge of the bumper. I am not sure yet but I will look into the part numbers for the ZHP sedan pieces. Also a underneath panel on the right side between the spare tire well and the battery box seems like it may be different as well. I did take some time to clean 15 years of dirt from behind the bumper and will post more progress as I move forward.



Overboost, what clips were included in the circled area of the photo?
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I am not sure as I have not received them yet. Just Google the part numbers I listed above. I think it is the small ones you saw on a different post a week ago. When I get to my hotel tonight, I will look into it.

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And the front is all apart yesterday and the sides today. Get ready for some finished pics tonight.



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Overboost,

I already did the front bumper conversion. As long as you have the brackets, brake ducts, and the fender liner, it will fit.

Bolting the fender liner to the bumper is tricky. I am having problems with the under belly pan. The original isn't wide enough. Got one end to bolt onto one side of the fender/brake duct but it is short about 2 inches on the other side. Does anyone know if there is a different under belly pan on a zhp? BMW parts couldn't find anything on this.
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I already did the front bumper conversion. As long as you have the brackets, brake ducts, and the fender liner, it will fit.

Bolting the fender liner to the bumper is tricky. I am having problems with the under belly pan. The original isn't wide enough. Got one end to bolt onto one side of the fender/brake duct but it is short about 2 inches on the other side. Does anyone know if there is a different under belly pan on a zhp? BMW parts couldn't find anything on this.
I have yet to put the under panel on. I am still missing one alternator air duct. What I discovered is after all the reading and researching I did for this project, one thing that was never covered is the left side M Tech II brake air duct has a provision for the alternator cooling duct that runs underneath the airbox to the rear of the alternator. The alternator air duct provision on the M Tech II brake air duct is larger than the original brake duct so I had to order one from the dealer. It should be here tomorrow morning and I can get that installed and I will check the under panel fit.
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I left out the alternator duct as it would be a tight fit since I have an automatic and I was installing a supercharger at the same time. No issues yet.
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Here are some images of the nearly completed project. Still have to get the alternator cooling air duct in place but it is close to being finished. The cost of this project crossed $2.5K but getting rid of the old 2005 Hamann look and joining the ZHP look made it all worth it. Very happy with the results.









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Nice move with going with the non front plate bumper strip. Looks sick bro. M-Tech 2 front and rears look best on a white beemer in my personal opinion.

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Nice move with going with the non front plate bumper strip. Looks sick bro. M-Tech 2 front and rears look best on a white beemer in my personal opinion.
Yeah I had to order the front euro plate delete. I have a brand new euro plate mount if anyone wants one...
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