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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old Yesterday, 03:34 PM
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Front bumper for my M3 sedan

So I was having a little fun on a wet night and my poor front bumper took a beating. I've got a 97 M3 sedan, and I've been looking at bumper options but I can't decide which is the correct/best option!

I've found parts 82119403142 (http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-34...nuine-bmw.aspx), 51112233841 (http://www.ecstuning.com/ES74055/), and 51112252253 (http://www.ecstuning.com/ES74086/) as 'original'. Then there's also the various kits, out of which the ECS one seems like one of the cheaper/better options (http://www.ecstuning.com/ES2817040/).

So what are the differences? which one is the real original part? what would you guys recommend?

I really appreciate your input!
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If the bumper being genuine BMW isn't important to you, get the ECS kit:

http://www.ecstuning.com/ES2817040/

That one and the one from DDM ( http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/01...eplaceable-Lip ) are excellent quality and really can't be determined to be a knock-off without taking it off the car.

If it being strictly OEM is important, then pay the $460+ shipping.
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Thanks, yeah being BMW is slightly important, but if the kits really are indiscernible from the BMW then I might just go with that.

I guess I was mainly wondering what the difference is between the different 'original' parts.
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