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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 09-28-2012, 07:07 AM
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where can i get me a black grille for my front fender? the grey and black doesnt look right with my kidneys
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:27 AM
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where can i get me a black grille for my front fender? the grey and black doesnt look right with my kidneys
What grille are you talking about? You mean the ///M3 style grilles?
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:45 AM
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yes, the grille thats in the bumper itself
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:03 AM
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What grille are you talking about? You mean the ///M3 style grilles?
+1. Very confused.

I owned a ZHP. I have no idea what OP means?

Can you identify the part no. here: www.realoem.com?
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:51 AM
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:19 AM
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Grid?

I guess OP means grid in the front bumper, PN 51117893331, part #3 in the diagram:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...19&hg=51&fg=15
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:19 AM
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Oh. The mesh grille in the center of the bumper!

Hmmm... isn't the ZHP bumper opening in the front the same as an ///M3? If so, check out part number 51117893331. $52.80.

EDIT: Beat me to it!
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:23 AM
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where can i get me a black grille for my front fender? the grey and black doesnt look right with my kidneys
Remove it, plasti-dip it (as I did) and put it back. Perfect and cost is only $7.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:31 AM
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He could always get one of those aluminum "race mesh" grilles (powdercoated in black, of course).
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:18 AM
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thanks guys, and yes it is part No. 3 on the diagram. Is it worth paying for a new one? (as i had planned) or would a simple paint be quality and effective on my stock grille?
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:11 PM
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thanks guys, and yes it is part No. 3 on the diagram. Is it worth paying for a new one? (as i had planned) or would a simple paint be quality and effective on my stock grille?
As Brother Smolck suggested, buy a $7 can of PlastiDip, remove the grill, paint it and put it back in. It will look great.
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As Brother Smolck suggested, buy a $7 can of PlastiDip, remove the grill, paint it and put it back in. It will look great.
Didn't solidjake rattle can it in place

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:18 AM
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Maybe, but if you're not very careful with masking, you could end up with overspray on everything. Even if it's on the belly pan or brake intakes, it would bug the heck out of me. Best off removing the part to spray it, you get the cleanest result that way.
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I plasti-dipped my oem grill once. Horrible. I didn't overspray anything but it doesn't hold up well. I bought a black grill from khoalty and have zero issues with it.
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You need the ZHP specific one though which is made from the plastic from tress grown in a special section of Kenya where pirates with old beat up gold plated AK47's and remote controlled elephants guard the entrance. The price therefore is a little higher for the ZHP specific grille. If you buy the "regular" grille though, roughly 96.238% of people won't be able to tell the difference.
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I plasti-dipped my oem grill once. Horrible. I didn't overspray anything but it doesn't hold up well. I bought a black grill from khoalty and have zero issues with it.
Humm that's odd. How many coats did you use?. Plastidip seems to work really well for me.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:29 AM
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Like 3/4 light coats, good amount of time between coats...


Oh yea, forgot you guys don't have to deal with snow/ice
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I rattle can'd mine in place and it came out great. He's an in progress pic. Not pictured is all the paper backing I put behind the grill so that the overspray wouldn't hit behind the grill.



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