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hunter94 01-25-2013 05:52 PM

93 325i Rocker Panel
Hey everyone, I have searched around trying to figure out if it is possible to replace the rocker panels on the E36's. Unfortunately I haven't found much regarding the subject.

The panel connected to my driver's side fender is dented and I am wondering the possible solutions to the problem. Here are a few pictures of the dent. Oh and btw I bought the car like this. :)

redE36girl 01-25-2013 06:51 PM

replace the fender the pannel should be fine under it.

hunter94 01-25-2013 06:54 PM


Originally Posted by redE36girl (Post 7338640)
replace the fender the pannel should be fine under it.

Well, I was hoping there was a way to replace the panel with out replacing the fender. I took a look on the underside of the fender/panel and I didn't see any apparent ways to remove just the panel.

92_318i 01-25-2013 07:11 PM

The fender is one piece. If you are proficient enough at welding body panels, you can cut/weld on a good lower. But definately much easier to just replace the fender.

redE36girl 01-25-2013 07:20 PM

yeah the fenders are easy. contrary to what is said you dont have to remove the bumper to remove the fenders. i have swapped out both my fenders and I will say its easyer then replacing sections of body any day.

hunter94 01-25-2013 07:35 PM

Alright, thanks for the info everyone. I figured it was part of the fender but I didn't want to go taking crap off before I got a definite answer. Any good websites that sell alpine white fenders?

92_318i 01-25-2013 07:46 PM

I managed to get mine from a local u-pull-it yard. I'd start there.

hunter94 01-25-2013 08:14 PM

Yea, its hard to find white Bmws in yards around where I live but there are a couple places I haven't looked. Thanks much.

92_318i 01-25-2013 10:34 PM

Unfortunately the only one on a sedan I could find had rust on the lower section (when I bought my 318, the drivers fender and front bumper were destroyed). So I cut off the lower and welded the lower fr the original fender on. Grind, body filler, and paint.

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