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Turbo 2002 Front Air Dam


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Hey Guys,

 

I've been looking for an ABS plastic turbo front air dam for my '73, it seems all the ones I find are fiberglass or the ones that are ABS are not a turbo replica. Does anyone have any good recommendations? I'm new to this whole community so I'm still finding my way to the good parts guys.

 

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I'm fairly new to this too, so some of my information might be inaccurate. I went through the spoiler & flares search myself a few months back so I'll share what I learned.

 

Yep, you can still get the front spoiler from BMW. I can't tell what it's made of though. It's smooth on both sides so I think it's either some kind of fiberglass with gelcoat on both sides, or maybe plastic. I don't think it's ABS as it's not very 'bendy'. The quality and finish of the part seems very good.

 

I wasn't able to find a set of ABS flares which were exact turbo replicas, they all seemed to have that extra lip on the outer edge. As I'm sure you found out the full set of turbo flares is not available from BMW at the moment; one of them (I think it's the front left) has been on backorder for over a year. I've checked with mobile tradition a few times over the last few months  and supposedly it's still planned, they just need to find a supplier. 

 

Jaymic in the UK sells a set of turbo replica flares; they are fiberglass and have gelcoat on the outside only (I'm told the genuine flares have a smooth finish on both sides, like the front spoiler). This is what I went with for my car. They molded them from a genuine set of flares, and the quality is good. Not quite to the level of the genuine air dam, but once the bodywork & paint is done I think they will be indistinguishable from the real thing.

 

If you do find some ABS flares which are authentic turbo replicas, would you mind coming back to tell us the source please?

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I'm fairly new to this too, so some of my information might be inaccurate. I went through the spoiler & flares search myself a few months back so I'll share what I learned.

 

Yep, you can still get the front spoiler from BMW. I can't tell what it's made of though. It's smooth on both sides so I think it's either some kind of fiberglass with gelcoat on both sides, or maybe plastic. I don't think it's ABS as it's not very 'bendy'. The quality and finish of the part seems very good.

 

I wasn't able to find a set of ABS flares which were exact turbo replicas, they all seemed to have that extra lip on the outer edge. As I'm sure you found out the full set of turbo flares is not available from BMW at the moment; one of them (I think it's the front left) has been on backorder for over a year. I've checked with mobile tradition a few times over the last few months  and supposedly it's still planned, they just need to find a supplier. 

 

 

If you do find some ABS flares which are authentic turbo replicas, would you mind coming back to tell us the source please?

 

Couple things,

 

AIRDAM:

The front OEM air dam is still available from BMW.  It is made of fiberglass and was in the $350 range last time I checked (last week).

 

 

TURBO FLARES:

The extra lip in the IE flares is a structural improvement over the smooth lip, this is obviously ideal if your planning on building a hotrod or race car.  However if your goal is more of an exact replica of the factory turbo then by all means go for the OEM (and yes these days the jaymic flares are a good alternative).  I think most people would be hardpressed to notice the difference between the flares unless they knew what they were looking for. 

 

To be clear, the extra lip was a feature that IE implemented when making the flares back in the mid 90's.  The cost of making a mold for an ABS parts is pretty spendy compared to fiberglass and is pretty prohibitive given the volume levels this market sees.  The only way IE was able to do them in ABS is because before we ever did car parts we were in the Tool/Die/Molding industry.  Now if you see ANY fiberglass copies of the IE flare  w/lip, be warned.  Taking a mold from flexible ABS does not typically end up well as you can imagine.   I highly doubt you'll ever see ABS OEM airdams and/or flares given the production cost.

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Hoping the response from an on-line order to my local dealer is incorrect but this is from this morning

 

I AM SORRY BUT THIS PART IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO ORDER, IT HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED

 

 

Dennis

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