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I bought a 2002ti and want to fit the OEM turbo flares and bumper, wheels will be Rota RB with 205/50/15 tires, my question is , when the turbo arches are fitted, do they just over hang the original steel wheel arches, or do i have to cut or roll the original steel wheel arch?, also it seems the original mounting are no longer available from BMW, so what is the best way to mount the front bumper?

Oh last question, is there anyone out there making a light weight plastic/fiberglass short rear bumper?

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i did try a search, but still did not find anything specific, i guess i dont know how to use search properly

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I was looking at this recently too. From what I've been told, one of the OEM turbo flares (I think it's the front right) is not currently available, with no ETA due to supplier problems.

I believe Ireland Engineering makes a short fiberglass rear bumper but you need to fabricate some mounts.

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Hi,

I bought a 2002ti and want to fit the OEM turbo flares and bumper, wheels will be Rota RB with 205/50/15 tires, my question is , when the turbo arches are fitted, do they just over hang the original steel wheel arches, or do i have to cut or roll the original steel wheel arch?, also it seems the original mounting are no longer available from BMW, so what is the best way to mount the front bumper?

Oh last question, is there anyone out there making a light weight plastic/fiberglass short rear bumper?

Thanks

Most people cut the original wheel arch. This makes room for wider and bigger wheels/tires.

Some people use rivets, some use just screws and bolts, etc.. I guess it comes down to personal preference. Screws and bolts would make it easier to take on and off. It really comes down with what you want.

There are a couple places that sell fiberglass reproduction bumpers.

Ireland Engineering

http://www.iemotorsport.com/bmw/2002-body-chassis/02fgbumperrear.html

DTM FiberWerks

http://dtmfiberwerkz.com/access/2002-euro-style-rear-bumper-p-496.html

FAQ Store

http://www.bmw2002faq.com/component/page,shop.product_details/flypage,shop.flypage/product_id,43/category_id,10/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,59/

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I found the best attachment method for me was using stainless nutserts , that way you can remove a damaged flare .Yes you need to cut the guards . Try a site search using ....turbo AND flares or guards AND flares, you should get something.

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Here are some pictures of my car, I hope this will be helpful.

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Thanks for all the pictures, great help, with the arches, i would like to fit 15" Rota RB ET 25 , will i need spacers and what is the best size tire to fill the arches?

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Can you use nutserts for the air dam, and does anyone know of a reproduction flare which fits well, but doesn't have the extra lip like the ABS ones?

I've spent a long time looking at pictures and think I'd prefer the smoother appearance of the OE flares, but that unavailable flare is really throwing a wrench in the works.

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Jaymic in England, sell the flares, that are supposed to moulded of the originals, i just ordered a front due to BMW still having no ETA on the flare i have had on order since Nov 2012, Problem is now the front bumper is also NLA, So i need to find out who makes the best repo bumper/airdam that is the closest to the original, any recommendations? 

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Thanks for all the pictures, great help, with the arches, i would like to fit 15" Rota RB ET 25 , will i need spacers and what is the best size tire to fill the arches? 

 

 

 

 

 

Most run 15 x 8 fit under factory flares, but with ET 0. ET 25 may give you problems. I run 16 x 8 with 205's up front and 225 in the back. It's about as wide as you can go without getting into a lot of work. 

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I installed turbo flares on my old 74 2002. The front is easy the rear requires a lot of work. Far from a simple bolt on for the rear. There is a thread on here that explains how to do the rear.

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