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Sills Rockers full or cover

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I understand that a cover sills or rockers(as you call them accross the pond!!)

is literally a cover panel.

Is a full sill complete with the cover sill attached or are they 2 seperate items?


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There are 2 parts in the BMW system-

1 is a stainless steel piece that attaches to the body of the car,

and it's purely cosmetic trim. It often falls off out of ennui.

The other is a steel stamping that's welded to its inner mate to form a tubular

structure that takes most of the force from the front fender structure

(sorry, subframe connector guys, this is the real load- bearing member in a 2002)

Looks like RealOEM calls it a 'covering', and shows the original as NLA.

That actually makes sense, as the original stamping is different than what

you need to repair a shell, as the rear quarterpanel overlaps the rocker's

outer skin, and replaces PART of its load- bearing capacity.

So the 'covering' is the repair part. You'd be hard- pressed to refit the

original rocker panel... unless you were changing most of the rear quarter


All that said, about 15 years ago when I ordered the sheet metal for Jenn's

car from BMWSeattle, they first got the trim part when they thought they

were getting sheet metal. 'Oops- well, there's one other number here, guess

that's what you want, then- 20% off OK for our screw- up?'

(I miss Vance)

So yes, 'covering', it looks like.

fwiw, www.penskeparts.com sometimes has better picx or descriptions.

Not this time, tho.



"I learn best through painful, expensive experience, so I feel like I've gotten my money's worth." MattL

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I'm right now going through rocker panel replacement. The two article's I found most useful are:



I ordered the Rocker panels from Blunt and The rear partial quarter panel from Walloth and Nesch. The panel's from gemany arrived 2 days after I ordered.. I'll be getting rockers sooon.

I am going to mimic the convertible bracing shown from the macartney book.


1968 BMW 1600 US VIN 1560713

manufactured on October 2nd, 1967


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