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F07 Gran Turismo (2010 - Current)
The 5 Series Gran Turismo -- now available in the USA as a 535i, 550i and 550i xDrive model.

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Old 03-18-2012, 02:34 PM
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Question Mudflaps for the 535xiGT with MSport?

Just wondering, I see that BMW makes mudflaps for the 535xiGT. I've always gotten mud flaps, but I'm wondering how they will look with the MSport styling. What do you think?

When you take your GT on a dirty road, is there an area on the car that suffers from dirt/stones being kicked up?

Anyone have pictures of mud flaps on their F07? Thanks!

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Old 03-18-2012, 04:33 PM
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I did get them. They are color matched to your car color as part of the price (paint and install included too). I think it was about $500 for the four of mine.

I like the look, adds a different flare to the GT.

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Old 03-18-2012, 04:58 PM
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Thanks - they look really good. No black plastic/rubber ones?
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:08 PM
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Thanks!

They are sort of firm, heavy rubber, but come primed from BMW and then have to be matched.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:15 PM
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They're probably the same plastic as some of the other body panels - they're pretty stiff. Install isn't a big deal if you can get the car up and the wheel off safely. You can't get a good angle on installing a couple of the self-tapping screws with the wheels on. It can be a little bit of a pain cutting the liner to slide the captive nut clips in place neatly. A simple slit makes it tough, a slight rectangular slit the width of the nut's body makes it easier to get it in and lined up.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:22 PM
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So these, http://www.shopbmwusa.com/ProductDet...ProductId=2758 , are painted black to match the car, as opposed to a black rubber mud flap that can't be painted? It's not very clear in the description.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:45 PM
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That part from BMW came in only primed and had to be painted to the color of the car. So mine were painted space gray to match and then installed. Either case, I do not think the prime is meant to be the final coat so it's not the right look to match - from my recolection.

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Old 03-18-2012, 08:30 PM
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the installation instructions specifically say they MUST be painted. Course, when I asked my dealer beforehand, they said they couldn't be painted...shows how much they know. Mine have been on for about 6K miles, and don't have any paint peeling, pitting, etc., issues.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:08 AM
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the installation instructions specifically say they MUST be painted. Course, when I asked my dealer beforehand, they said they couldn't be painted...shows how much they know. Mine have been on for about 6K miles, and don't have any paint peeling, pitting, etc., issues.
Thanks for this jad.

As it turns out, these mud flaps won't fit the MSport trim. I guess BMW must still be working on the MSport version. Bummer!
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:00 PM
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The road debris is killing me! I desperately need mud flaps!

The parts dept said "sorry", BMW customer service said "sorry" and no one has any info about when Msport mudflaps will be available.

Anyone have any ideas? I'm dreading what the paint will look like in a few months.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:13 PM
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Go to the German website (there are inline translators if you don't read German), and see if they're available there. I use the Google toolbar, and it can translate most languages on a webpage. If they are, get the part number. Because it is piture based, you can probably find them even without the translator.

You may have to contact someone over there, but you can probably get them, if they exist. BMW makes the decision on what they want imported, and they won't directly sell them to you, but there are bunches of places that will, if you can give them the part number. Installation and painting is probably around a $500 investment, less if you can do it yourself. But, it requires some special paint (like painting a bumper, it has a lot of plasticiser addative in the paint) that isn't cheap for the materials.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:22 AM
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Have you considered Xpel ultimate clear bra in those areas?
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Have you considered Xpel ultimate clear bra in those areas?
That's what I'm getting over my bumper, hood, door edges and rocker panels. A must if you want to save your paint from rock chips.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:26 AM
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Go to the German website (there are inline translators if you don't read German), and see if they're available there. I use the Google toolbar, and it can translate most languages on a webpage. If they are, get the part number. Because it is piture based, you can probably find them even without the translator.

You may have to contact someone over there, but you can probably get them, if they exist. BMW makes the decision on what they want imported, and they won't directly sell them to you, but there are bunches of places that will, if you can give them the part number. Installation and painting is probably around a $500 investment, less if you can do it yourself. But, it requires some special paint (like painting a bumper, it has a lot of plasticiser addative in the paint) that isn't cheap for the materials.
Great idea (!!), but no luck.

Accessories = Zebehor, with the 2 dots over the "o".

They have the same picture as the US site. No mention of MSport.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:32 AM
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Have you considered Xpel ultimate clear bra in those areas?
Tell me about this stuff? I had a "Neptune Blue" Maserati that had some sort of clear protective bra already installed when I bought it - I wasn't impressed. I could always see a line at the edge of the film and over time it became more and more apparent. It detracted from the lines on the car.

Same stuff or has it improved over time? If so, is it better or worse on light colored cars?
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:54 AM
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Tell me about this stuff? I had a "Neptune Blue" Maserati that had some sort of clear protective bra already installed when I bought it - I wasn't impressed. I could always see a line at the edge of the film and over time it became more and more apparent. It detracted from the lines on the car.

Same stuff or has it improved over time? If so, is it better or worse on light colored cars?
You can see pictures of my install here on my FB page. Xpel ultimate film is the latest film out, it has much less orange peel then anything from 3M aka ventureshield. Xpel ultimate also has self healing properties.

On my DSBM you can still see the line on the hood if you look hard enough.
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