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      02-10-2024, 06:23 PM   #1
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Any front end photos? ('11 535 RE-assembly)

I picked up a cheap 2011 535i that needs some mechanical work done (the easy part) but also I have to get the bumpers and side skirts painted and everything put back together. I can take things apart and put them back together all day long, but there are a couple of things on the front end I want to do in the right sequence.

Namely, there is a large 'radiator support' air duct thing with moving louvers that is NOT on the car (he bought a new one, not sure if the old one was broken or if it did not fit the MSport bumper he included?) It does not look like he removed the crash bar, but I cannot see how this could possibly be installed without it being taken off. Also, this new OEM part has two plugs, but I don't actually see any connectors dangling. Maybe the car is not equipped with connections for this louver setup? I can just make sure they will stay 'open'.

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Would anyone be kind enough to upload a few photos if they have their car somewhat apart or have any photos from work you have done before?
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      02-10-2024, 06:25 PM   #2
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Here is what the car looks like currently. I am happy to look at any photos you would deem helpful since I have all the plastic ducts, etc to put back. I looked up the part numbers and labeled everything.
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+1 ^. Like member that would go extra mile to help another one.
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      02-11-2024, 09:32 AM   #4
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Iíll take some photos as I put it back. Should be interesting. Haha.
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      02-11-2024, 01:26 PM   #5
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Namely, there is a large 'radiator support' air duct thing with moving louvers that is NOT on the car (he bought a new one, not sure if the old one was broken or if it did not fit the MSport bumper he included?) It does not look like he removed the crash bar, but I cannot see how this could possibly be installed without it being taken off.
My 2011 doesn't have the motorized louver thing. I don't think the older cars had those, I don't know when it started. You may be desperately trying to figure out how to re-install something which was never installed in the first place.
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      03-14-2024, 04:54 PM   #6
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Update. I got this reassembled (minus the bumper and a fender liner that I had to order). The louver version worked just fine, but you are correct. My car did not have that option. I could have popped out all the louvers, but instead I just made sure they were all popped open. No big deal.
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