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      11-29-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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128i lower grille mod using e87 LCI no fog lower grille

I have an idea for the lower grille.

before i buy the required items here is a horrible Photoshop attempt

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      11-29-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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how are you going to do it? Not a bad look if done properly.
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      11-29-2012, 12:22 PM   #3
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Thanks, want to know what others think too. Anyone with a 128i?? Let me know what you guys think.

I picked a white car since its very clear & drastic. Plus if it looks bad in white it might in other colours.


I will use some BMW parts, I will list them.
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      11-30-2012, 09:22 AM   #4
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Placed an order on ebay.co.uk

Here is what I got
part number 51117166605

The grille from the 118d/i e87 LCI W/O foglights
it will need to be cut on each side but should be a clean look. i haven't decided if i will paint the fangs


Compare to 128i stock grille:


On e87 LCI bumper:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bmw-E81-E8...cb92707&_uhb=1

An alternative exists, but i didnt want to risk due to shape of bumper. The tabs do seem to line up...
part number 51117118161 from the preLCI e87
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      11-30-2012, 11:24 AM   #5
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It would look nice but doesn't add much in my opinion.

The only mod I have done with the bottom grill would be painting it gloss black to match my kidney grills. Subtle but makes it pop
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      11-30-2012, 11:37 AM   #6
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Yes its subtle, and i do plan on painting my euro grille gloss or satin black. Not sure about the fangs yet.


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The only mod I have done with the bottom grill would be painting it gloss black
Was it hard to take off lower grille?
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      11-30-2012, 02:22 PM   #7
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You should paint the part under the fog lights !
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      11-30-2012, 04:43 PM   #8
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yes i will paint those tiny grilles too once i see everything in person.
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Look at the Tirerack advertisement, the 128i coupé seems to have it painted, but that's only an effect
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      12-01-2012, 09:56 PM   #10
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Yes its subtle, and i do plan on painting my euro grille gloss or satin black. Not sure about the fangs yet.



Was it hard to take off lower grille?
Its a pain in the ass... your best bet would be to locate the tabs. (I believe there to be 8 in all) and do it from the front side. To get to the rear you have to take out the underbelly cover.

I ended up using painters tape for the tiny grills under the fogs.
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      12-03-2012, 01:29 PM   #11
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Shipped out from the UK, cant wait to examine to see if its worth paining. I saw a pic of a white e87 with the fangs painted.
I think the end result will at least make the front look more narrower.


UPDATE: Delivered! Will post pics this weekend, and think about mounting.
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teaser

Unpacked it, took a pic

Enjoy & post your thoughts on painting the "fangs"
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Keep us updated how it goes! Should be a fun project for you
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black definitely looks sportier, better
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      12-10-2012, 08:59 AM   #15
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...painting it gloss black to match my kidney grills. Subtle but makes it pop
How is the paint holding up? What primer & paint did you use (or is this info in your thread)?

Debating if i should do any black
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How is the paint holding up? What primer & paint did you use (or is this info in your thread)?

Debating if i should do any black
The paint is holding up really well. No issues with peeling or coming off and I have had it on for almost 2.5 years. The subtleness is great, and brings a bit of extra contrast to the front.

I forgot exactly what I used... I would look for an "outdoor plastic furniture spray" in gloss black. I think the primer was already mixed in the can. Then give a nice even coat
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Looking forward to seeing how it looks! Your DIY status is nearing legend on this forum.

Some food for thought; I've always wanted to black out the lower and create this big gape (no white bars/teeth next to the fogs). Might be too much but since I just bought a 135i front, I think I might wanna try it since I miss my fogs.

Looks good mixed with your grill IMO.

/shitty photoshop is shitty, sorry.
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Looking forward to seeing how it looks! Your DIY status is nearing legend on this forum.

Some food for thought; I've always wanted to black out the lower and create this big gape (no white bars/teeth next to the fogs). Might be too much but since I just bought a 135i front, I think I might wanna try it since I miss my fogs.

Looks good mixed with your grill IMO.

/shitty photoshop is shitty, sorry.
Legend? ahah I hope that's a compliment. I admit thought that I am lagging: I am yet to show completed e87 Mtech replica splitters( need bondo to seal the cuts & paint) and now this grille( possible paint & cutting).

Your idea is how the 116i/118i looked with the grille painted on baby bmw or 1er-fourm.de hence why I jumped on it. Then I saw in a russian tv show the e87 in red with non painted grille and I had to buy it.
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here is a pic of the e87 116i with the full grille.

might be a little hard to see





i just had to add this one, lovely photo
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But you would lose fog lights unless you had a cutout for them. Then its not so clean looking anymore?

I do admit that it does look very nice! But I enjoy my fogs
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But you would lose fog lights unless you had a cutout for them. Then its not so clean looking anymore?
Well I'm cutting the grille, not the bumper

keep the foglights
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