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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-09-2010, 12:32 PM
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Bumper Grill Modification DIY

Well I saw this mod on an e36 and thought it was a pretty good idea. The grill has 2 of the 5 slats cut out. Sounds easy right? Lets say its a bit hard than it looks.Just take you time. I took 3 days, but I was being lazy. Anyways I only seen the mod on that one car and my car so far. So it is still pretty brand new to the community, maybe it'll catch on like the HLM?
Anyway I made a DIY since Frank wanted one.

The tools and items you will need to be successful in this mod.

1. You will need an E36


2. A wire/metal cutter, anything that would be able to cut through the slats.


3. Small Rotary Tool. ( I used a small Dremel Tool)


Once you have all the necessary items. Go ahead and start cutting. I started from the middle then worked from center to left and center to right.
* It will be easier to have the grill off the car before you start. To remove the grill just pull, but pull HARD. But do not yank, pull it firmly you do not want to break the grill off. They are just clipped on. *

First slat cut


I took my time and cut small pieces out at a time
like so...


After cutting the two necessary slats the columns will look like this.


This is when the Dremel Tool comes into play. You will need to cut and sand the excess slat off with the Dremel. Take your time on this part of the mod. You want the column to be as smooth as possible.

Finally, once you get the slats cut and the columns sanded down. Time for paint
This phase is complete optional. After sanding the columns you probably will want to repaint the grill, plus its already out so why not?
I used Plasti Dip to paint the grill since that was all I had. It turned out pretty good.



I let the paint cure over night. Then I put it back on the bumper and viola! You have completed the bumper grill mod!.


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AFTER



If you an afternoon or two, this is a fun little mod to do.
****Do this at your own risk*** I am not responsible if you screw up your grill.

*****SAFETY FIRST*******Always wear safety glasses before you use the rotary tools. Your eyes is worth more than your grills.

Good Luck! and Post pics if you decide to do this. Questions are welcomed.
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:42 PM
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Good work! But i dunno if I like it better than before.

Either way, looks nicely done
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:24 PM
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Very nice. I'm not sure either if it looks better than before. Either way though, you did a good job on it. It's the little thing like this that give your car a unique appearance.

Cheap and something to do. What's better than that
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:30 PM
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Yeah I was bored, but it look better in person. If I got tired of it. I can always get another grill off a parts car or go mesh?
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:57 PM
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looks great!
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:09 PM
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Is anyone else having trouble with aquiring tool 1?

I called everywhere and none seem to have it...
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:25 PM
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Is anyone else having trouble with aquiring tool 1?

I called everywhere and none seem to have it...

Thats suppose to be a joke.
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Old 04-09-2010, 05:05 PM
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maybe he mans in the bmw toolkit in the boot... that tool 1?... or like the no.1 universal tool to do all jobs anywhere anytime, anyway
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Old 04-09-2010, 05:36 PM
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I like it stock...looks too empty to me, but nicely done nonetheless. I'm sure a decent amount of people will do this.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:00 PM
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good way to be original..looks good. i think im gon do mesh tho.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:13 PM
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maybe he mans in the bmw toolkit in the boot... that tool 1?... or like the no.1 universal tool to do all jobs anywhere anytime, anyway
"Tool" 1 was an E36.....in other words, get a car.
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:17 PM
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^ yeah lol What Ken said. Can't believe you guys didn't get that one.

And I'll prob keep this look for awhile, then when I get bored again I'll do mesh grill.
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:44 PM
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I think it looks cool!.....

I have an extra grille insert soooo...


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Old 04-10-2010, 06:28 AM
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Old 04-10-2010, 05:47 PM
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HAha well after doing some modding to the front bumper, should I get an M diffuser for the rear?
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:15 AM
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The first tool was rather easy to get at a cheap price, it was step 1 that set me back $3500.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:28 PM
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I like it! But I would cut out the top and bottom slats and leave the two middle ones. I'm gong to try it, and it's def more visible on a white car like mine
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