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triple_sissy
12-16-2005, 06:50 PM
Looks like the license plate holder is in a way of the Hartge front lip (I am not 100% sure, since the license plate holder would have to go on top of the Hartge middle piece).

What would you do if you were me?

1. Order European style license plate holder middle piece or no plate middle piece, install the add-on and risk being pulled over by cops for missing front license plate

or

2. Modify the existing holder or the middle piece of Hartge lip to make it fit

simon78
12-19-2005, 08:12 AM
Hi Peter !!

I see you got it in !, i say i would go with the option one, or call www.auto-mark.com and find out if they have a speacial plate holder. Since they are the distributor for HArtge.

I would love to see pics after all done !

Good luck.

Simon

jacksprat
12-19-2005, 12:04 PM
man I told you. You can go to the dealer and ask for the plate removal moulding. It is the center molding alone and eliminates the front plate. There is no need to cut the center molding and modify it to eliminate the plate. If you are worried about legality issues then I can assure you have a european plate up front is just as bad as having no plate.

jacksprat
12-19-2005, 12:08 PM
for 2003 Li:
PROTECTIVE MOULDINGS, CENTER, PRIMED 51 117 043 452
(corresponds to part 51 117 142 211 on 750)


center chrome strip that is immediately above the center molding.
FINISHER, PROTECTIVE MOULDING, CENTER 51117033402


if you have the shortbody 745i, just tell the dealer they can locate the correct part number for u

jacksprat
12-23-2005, 11:35 AM
well how did the install go? anypics?

jguadiz
12-23-2005, 04:25 PM
well how did the install go? anypics?

I agree how did it go. I just ordered mine from Seattle BMW and should be here late next week. Any ideas on how much it would be to get painted??

REgards,

John

jacksprat
12-23-2005, 04:42 PM
hey John, I am in seattle and own a body shop. I can paint the item for you. Price will be fair and paint quality excellent. Did you order the Hartge lip or just the license plate removal strip? what color is your car?

triple_sissy
12-23-2005, 08:17 PM
Next week. I needed the car this past week, but not the next. I will drop it off on Tuesday, I think. They quoted me up to $450 for everything.

Peter

jguadiz
12-24-2005, 11:43 AM
hey John, I am in seattle and own a body shop. I can paint the item for you. Price will be fair and paint quality excellent. Did you order the Hartge lip or just the license plate removal strip? what color is your car?

I just ordered license plate removal strip. But I might be getting a lip soon. My car color is Sterling Gray(472).
How much would you charge for just the molding? Actually I have a minor scratch on the edge of the bumper (3 inches long by 1 inch thick) that I need fixed. Rough quote??

Thanks!

John

jacksprat
12-25-2005, 09:35 PM
Ill need a pic of the damage to your bumper to be able to give you a quote. If you are near west seattle feel free to come by and get an estimate. We are working on an Escalade with bumper damage right now, you can stop by and see our workmanship

Mike's Auto Service & Bodyshop
9255 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98106
206-334-3221

1 block north of the Walgreens on 16th and Roxbury in the Whitecenter district

triple_sissy
12-27-2005, 06:36 PM
OK, then, I dropped off my car today. Hopefully I get it back Thursday, worst case Friday. Assuming everything goes fine, I will take pictures as soon as I can and post it here for your enjoyment/critique.

Peter

triple_sissy
12-29-2005, 08:50 PM
Here it is ... :)
I also included pictures of the ACS rear spoiler I had installed some time ago.

Peter

P.S. What's next?

jacksprat
12-30-2005, 09:39 AM
very nice!!!

I see that your body man cut short the center peice of the Hartge lip where it would have interefered with the front plate. I would have opted the no-front-plate option but at least you are all legal now :thumbup:

triple_sissy
12-30-2005, 01:32 PM
very nice!!!

I see that your body man cut short the center peice of the Hartge lip where it would have interefered with the front plate. I would have opted the no-front-plate option but at least you are all legal now :thumbup:

No, he didn't cut it. The center molding with plate holder comes off. Then he installed the Hartge piece and put the plate over it. Without a problem!!!

Peter

jacksprat
12-30-2005, 04:44 PM
if you ever get tired of that front lip or end up going ACS then please let me be the first to know you are selling it. thanks. :thumbup:

simon78
01-03-2006, 08:22 AM
WOW !! Looks great ! I am so glad that it come out to be soo nice !

:thumbup:

beholdmywords
09-12-2008, 12:03 AM
HI can you tell me where did you get your front lips ? and how much. txs

sunny_j
09-12-2008, 06:36 AM
HI can you tell me where did you get your front lips ? and how much. txs

the op hasnt been online since 04-12-2008:dunno:

dfauerbach
09-12-2008, 06:41 AM
Where did you get the front lip and how much was it and you really need to upgrade those wheels now it would set it off SOOOOOOOOOOO much better .

M.Wong
09-12-2008, 06:46 AM
You probably want to start a new thread with a descriptive title/question, maybe with a link to this one as reference... this one is pretty old.

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