BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

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BMW Installation Instructions

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

Technical knowledge is required.

Installation time is approx. 1.5 hours, which can vary according to the condition and fittings of the vehicle.

Retrofit/Installation Kit no. 51 11 0 000 667
Installation Instructions no. 01 29 0 004 541

Contents

Chapter

  1. Preparatory work
  2. Parts overview
  3. Fitting of the accessory front apron

Important notes

BMW accepts no liability for damage which occurs as a result of not following the work sequence and safety instructions. In addition, any warranty claim against BMW AG is extinguished in the event of improper fitting and handling which diverges from the fitting and operating instructions.

Fitting of the accessory rear apron should be carried out by two people.

Safety instructions

It is imperative that care should be taken to see that when mechanical work is being done or when paint is applied that the identification plate or the stamped imprint in the accessory front apron is not destroyed or made unreadable.The identification plate is legibly stamped on the inside on the right.

Installation note

The accessory front apron is supplied for the painting operation pre-assembled.The upper support and the side reinforcements of the accessory front apron are loosely fitted on their attachment pins. All other component parts of the accessory front apron are supplied loose in the installation kit.

Fitting is in some cases shown only one side of the vehicle. Proceed in a corresponding way on the other side.

Painting instructions

The accessory front apron, the license plate holder and the covering Ø 24 mm are supplied primed and accordingly must be pre-treated.

In addition, the covering of the towing lug of the standard bumper has to be included in the painting operation.

Note BMW painting instructions.

Operational procedure

See BMW painting instructions.

The accessory front apron is manufactured from PUR GF (high-resistance foam).

Painting is carried out with BMW acrylic paint + addition of 30% Softface. The maximum temperature for stove enamelling is 40 °C.

Required tools and auxiliary materials

Flat-tip screwdrivers
Phillips screwdrivers Fork wrench SW 8
3/8 inch reversible ratchet
3/8 inch extension
3/8 inch Torx insert E 12
1/4 inch reversible ratchet
1/4 inch extension
1/4 inch socket wrench insert SW 8
Torque spanner
Drill
Drill bit Ø 2.5 mm
Adhesive tape
Knife

1. Preparatory work

TIS AW no.
Change the front apron (replace bumper panel at front). 51 11 001
Prise out covering for the towing lug, remove check strap from series bumper and pre-treat it for painting.
Soak expanding rivets of rear apron.

2. Parts overview

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

a Accessory front apron 1x
b Expanding rivet 8x
c Phillips screw M5 x 15 4x
d Hexagon nut M5 4x
e Washer 4x
f Phillips screw 4x
g 1-component adhesive 1x
h Manufacturer’s certificate 1x
i Grille centre 1x
j License plate holder 1x
k NSW (front fog light) covering 2x
l Covering Ø 24 mm 2x
m Small clamp 28x
n Large clamp 24x
o Grille (left and right) each each 1x
p Air duct left 1x*
q Air duct right 1x*

2. Parts list for cars with a production date after 03.2003

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

r Side grille (left and right) 1x**

s Side panel mounting (left and right) 1x**

The parts marked with asterisks (**) are not included in the installation kit and must be ordered depending on the equipment in the car.

All other parts are included in the relevant installation kit according to the equipment in the car.

3. Fitting of the accessory front apron

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

Dismantle the front fog light (1) from the series bumper and detach the ventilation piece (2) from the front fog light (1) at the dotted line.

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

Do not confuse the rings (2). Mark the rings (2) as left and right for later fitting.

Cut off the wing (1) flush at the dotted line from the ring (2) of the front fog light.

Only required for cars before production date 02.2003.

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

Take care that the air conduit fixture (2) is not damaged.

Lightly score the seam (1) with a knife and separate off the air conduit fixture (2) from the air conduit (3) of the series bumper.

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

The illustration shows the fitting of the centre reinforcement carrier (1) on the accessory front apron.The fitting of the reinforcement on the left (2) and the reinforcement on the right (3) of the accessory front apron takes place in the same sequence.

Press in the centre reinforcement (1) in the accessory front apron (a) form-locking and check for firm seating. Push on completely the large clamps (n) to be found on the attachment pins (4) and press firmly (see magnification). Make sure that all large clamps (n) in the other positions (5) have been pushed on and are firmly in position.

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

Place the centre grille (i) into the accessory front apron (a) in accordance with the recesses for the attachment pins. Make sure that the centre grille (i) lies suitably on the relevant attachment pins (1). Fix the centre grille (i) on the attachment pins (1) by means of the small clamps (m).The magnification shows the fixing to one attachment pin (1). Push the small bracket (m) onto the respective attachment pin (1) and press up to the stop of the attachment pin (1). Follow this fitting procedure for all eight attachment pins (1). Check the centre grille (i) for firm seating.

Place the right grille (o) into the accessory front apron (a) in accordance with the recesses for the attachment pins and the recess for the front fog light. Make sure that the right grille (o) lies suitably on the relevant attachment pins (1).

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

Attach the carrier (1) which was dismounted from the series bumper to the accessory front apron (a) at the positions illustrated using the soaked expanding rivets (b).

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

Caution! Danger of injury from the grille! Pay attention to the marking of the ring (2). Moreover, make sure that the ring (2) has correctly engaged on the accessory front apron (a).

Clip the front fog light (1) into the ring (2). Insert the front fog light (1) and the ring (2) with the levelled side (3) upwards into the accessory front apron (a) and let it engage.

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

From the front attach the front fog light covering (k) onto the accessory front apron (a) using the Phillips screw M5 x 15 (c).

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

As shown in the adjacent illustration, attach the air conduit (p) to the grille (o) in accordance with its hole pattern. Fix the left grille (o) and the air conduit (p) to the attachment pins (1) by means of the small clamps (m).The magnification shows the fixing to one attachment pin (1): push the small clamp (m) onto the respective attachment pin (1) and press on up to the stop of the attachment pin (1). Follow this procedure for fitting all new attachment pins (1). Check the left grille (o) and the air conduit (p) for firm seating.

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

Only required for cars before production date 02.2003.

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

Caution! Danger of injury from the grille! The adhesive has hardened after approx. 4 h.

Firmly screw the front fog light (1) into the accessory front apron (a) using the hexagon nut M5 (d) and the washer (e). Attach the previously separated air conduit fixture (2) to the air conduit (p) fitted into the accessory front apron (a) and make two holes Ø 2.5 mm (3) in both parts. Apply adhesive (g) to the air conduit (p), attach air conduit fixture (2) and connect both parts with the Phillips screw (f).

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

When fitting the accessory front apron make sure of the correct seating of the air conduits.

Fit the accessory front apron (a) to the vehicle in accordance with Repair instructions no. 51 11 157. Attach the covering Ø 24 mm (l) and covering for the towing eye (1) to the accessory front apron (a), painted in the vehicle’s colour. Align and fasten the painted license plate holder (j) centrally on the accessory front apron (a).

Adjust the front fog lights.

3.1 To install the accessory front apron on cars with a production date after 03.2003

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

BMW Accessory Front Apron BMW 3 Series coupé (E46/2)

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