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Old 04-18-2014, 10:32 PM
SlickAsCanBe SlickAsCanBe is offline
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Bumper Tab Repair

Anyone happen to know if there's a DIY to fix bumper tabs or am I pretty much bound for a body shop? It's an E90 OEM M-Tech Front if that means anything! It looks fine when viewed from a distance but up close it's pretty obvious that the bumper isn't sitting flush. The body shop did what they could with it but couldn't do much other than getting it mounted. It is definitely my fault for not inspecting the bumper when I bought it but I'm hoping to find some kind of solution!
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:37 AM
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The side tabs are not repairable.

There should be a metal plate that sandwiches the bumper to the fender.

You can glue this plate to the bumper cover so it acts as a reinforcement sort of
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:27 AM
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The side tabs are not repairable.

There should be a metal plate that sandwiches the bumper to the fender.

You can glue this plate to the bumper cover so it acts as a reinforcement sort of
Ah.. unfortunate for me. I'm not too worried about it falling off but I am hoping to find a way to get it on there a little bit more flush. You think the glue would help with that?
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Old 04-20-2014, 06:32 PM
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Anyone happen to know if there's a DIY to fix bumper tabs or am I pretty much bound for a body shop? It's an E90 OEM M-Tech Front if that means anything! It looks fine when viewed from a distance but up close it's pretty obvious that the bumper isn't sitting flush. The body shop did what they could with it but couldn't do much other than getting it mounted. It is definitely my fault for not inspecting the bumper when I bought it but I'm hoping to find some kind of solution!
BMW decided not to spend $.04 making for a larger, more robust (or maybe even replaceable) tab because they would rather sell you a new bumper cover. Been that way since at least the E39 days. Thanks BMW. 'Preciate it.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:19 AM
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Remove the bumper and look at the metal plate, you will see what I'm talking about. It will help keep the bumper lined with the fender.

The reason for easily breakable tabs is most likely so you don't damage anything else. The tabs will break on impact, allowing the bumper to pull away from the fenders, possibly preventing damage.

I know this design saved my fenders this past winter.
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