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      01-22-2013, 12:19 AM   #1
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m1 front on 135i?

so i found a m1 front bumper locally. thinking of doing m1 conversion, i know i will need fenders too (they run about 280 ea new)

question is, if the car will look funny with wide front and narrow rear?

any opinions pictures?
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      01-22-2013, 12:25 AM   #2
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so i found a m1 front bumper locally. thinking of doing m1 conversion, i know i will need fenders too (they run about 280 ea new)

question is, if the car will look funny with wide front and narrow rear?

any opinions pictures?
My opinion, yes. Save the money and do the rear.
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I've never been a fan of trying to make something look like something it's not...

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You: "No, it's just a 1M bumper and fenders"
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so i found a m1 front bumper locally. thinking of doing m1 conversion, i know i will need fenders too (they run about 280 ea new)

question is, if the car will look funny with wide front and narrow rear?

any opinions pictures?
ilikebmxbikes and venom both are from norcal and both are in the process of finishing their conversion i am sure you know. imho if you're gonna do the conversion do either the rear only, or the entire conversion

http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=793184
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      01-22-2013, 01:28 AM   #5
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With a 1M front it will end up looking like this: http://www.evolutionracewerks.com/?q=node/55
If you want to look more into this whole idea of just a front end conversion, look up sk8fe's thread (http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showt...=684100&page=3) post#52
If you did just the front end you'd need custom side skirts.

As far as parts go, try out McKenna's site, I wish they had those kind of deals when I was looking a couple months back. https://mckennaparts.com/
If you need a part number to use McKenna's site, look em up via realoem

My personal opinion is no half-measures. You will have to chop something up no matter which way you decide to do it. You need to decide if if you would rather slice up side skirts or rear fenders. As EinserM mentioned, ilikebmxbikes and I are actually in the middle of this modification. I can't put up a build thread myself just yet(once a couple things have cleared, then I will). But for a sample here is how ilikebmxbikes's car looks will just the new 1M front end: http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=793184

Side-note: There seems to be another question thread like these every week. Patience y'all we will have a thorough set of build threads done in the next few weeks.
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It's been done a few times before. I don't think it looks weird. I'm planning to do it myself too. I'm just holding off to see if Prior ever releases their new kit (and the price), since I don't want to look exactly like a 1M.

Most people won't notice the fact that it looks like a 1M. For the few people that do, I don't mind taking the time to explain. I might even put an emblem on the back that says "not M". I don't want to make it look like I'm trying to copy a 1M... I just think that this is the most cost-effective way to do a front-end widebody.
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      01-22-2013, 03:09 AM   #7
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i like the m1 front bumper, but i think itll look weird. i just wanted some input. if it was to widen the rear as it is the front i would do the rear and not touch the front.
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I think a 135i wide 1M bumper (like Kerscher) looks better on a stock car then the the actual 1M front end conversion alone.
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      01-22-2013, 09:15 AM   #9
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I think people forget that we run a staggered wheel setup on the 135i because the front is already not as wide as the back of the car. If you do the wide kit on only the front, all it will do it square up the car and let you run a square wheel setup - reducing understeering and improving the feel of the car.
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      01-22-2013, 09:21 AM   #10
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The wrapped blue e87 had only the front 1M clone'd bumper cover. So it has the narrow front end(& rear end). I think it looked fine.

I think IF you were to put a complete 1M front end on your car... it would look fine without doing the rear. I do think you will need some spacers or the M suspension bits to fully pull off the 1M look.


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It's been done a few times before. I don't think it looks weird. I'm planning to do it myself too. I'm just holding off to see if Prior ever releases their new kit (and the price), since I don't want to look exactly like a 1M.
They have released the kit and the price:

http://www.prior-design.de/bmw_1series_pdm1-wb
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I think it really just boils down to what you want to do with your car. If you are going for a purely cosmetic standpoint, then I would do the kerscher bumper. It will be much cheaper in the long run of the project.

If you are going for performance and want to reduce understeer, than widening the front of your car and running a square set up will greatly improve your car.

Do note, if you get the 1M bumper, and fenders, you will also need headlight brackets, new windshield washer reservoir, all bumper/fender trim pieces and you will have to custom modify your 135i sideskirts to line up with the 1M fenders.
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I think it may look a tad awkward with a wide face and a narrow ass, have you though of doing the rear aswell even though it will cost abit?
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I think it may look a tad awkward with a wide face and a narrow ass, have you though of doing the rear aswell even though it will cost abit?
no i havent thought of doing the rear. the rear needs more work, widening quarter panels, rear bumper spacers or m1 rear suspension, exhaust and much more that alone would be another 3-4k.

if doing a front and rear to m1 it will cost around 5-7k, rather spend that on nice aftermarket bumpers engine mods nice wheels and etc
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no i havent thought of doing the rear. the rear needs more work, widening quarter panels, rear bumper spacers or m1 rear suspension, exhaust and much more that alone would be another 3-4k.

if doing a front and rear to m1 it will cost around 5-7k, rather spend that on nice aftermarket bumpers engine mods nice wheels and etc
Hey, i noticed you are in norcal. I have a white ER widebody that i am going to be selling soon if you are interested.
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no i havent thought of doing the rear. the rear needs more work, widening quarter panels, rear bumper spacers or m1 rear suspension, exhaust and much more that alone would be another 3-4k.

if doing a front and rear to m1 it will cost around 5-7k, rather spend that on nice aftermarket bumpers engine mods nice wheels and etc
yeah completly agree
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