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      11-21-2012, 01:37 AM   #1
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OEM m-tech front bumper fitment issue?

I got the front bumper painted and installed last month and in the front, where the hood meets the top of the bumper, there is a big gap. Is this normal with an OEM bumper? I tried re-adjusting by taking out the screws from under the hood and pushing up the bumper and re-tightening, but it won't go any further than in the picture.

Also, there is a slight gap where the bottom left of the right headlight (facing the car) meets the bumper

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      11-21-2012, 01:41 AM   #2
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For comparison's sake, here is another picture of a white f10 where the hood and front bumper meet without a major gap:

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as if something inside the bumper cover is keeping it from moving towards the back of the car...
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yeah, it happens. My friend has the same thing, the gap is even bigger near the lights
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yeah, it happens. My friend has the same thing, the gap is even bigger near the lights
There is no way to fix this? Are you saying it's a defect?
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I just realized that the shop that put on the bumper used the non-m absorber rather than using the m-sport one. I'm guessing it's possible this would cause the gap?

the impact absorber is #8 here: http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...06&hg=51&fg=15
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How big would you say the gap is? Mine is factory and I have a gap as well. I think all cars will have a gap just depends on how big it is. Mine is 2/16" all the way around the hood. So that space is even between hood/bumper and hood/wheel fenders on driver and passenger side. Hope that helps as a reference point to go off of.
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Same here
I am guessing it's just the way it is.
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mine has a gap under the headlights
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Compared to this: http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...56966415_n.jpg

it is bigger and more noticeable. I'll measure the space between hood/fenders and hood/bumper and post here shortly.
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I just realized that the shop that put on the bumper used the non-m absorber rather than using the m-sport one. I'm guessing it's possible this would cause the gap?

the impact absorber is #8 here: http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...g=51&fg=15
Is it required to change that bumper foam absorber? I thought it wasn't of concern.
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Is it required to change that bumper foam absorber? I thought it wasn't of concern.
That's what the guys at LTMW told me, so I saved some money by returning the absorber. But if that's what's causing the gap then I'll get it again
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