Front Apron BMW 3 Series E36

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BMW Installation Instructions

Supplementary Sheet Front Apron BMW 3 Series E36

Front Apron BMW 3 Series E36

Specialised knowledge is required

Installation time is approx. 2 hours, though this may vary depending on the condition of the vehicle and its fittings.

Recommendation

For reasons of dynamics, we recommend that the complete accessory set (front apron, rear apron and rear spoiler) be fitted.

Information on Painting

The front apron is already primed and must only be coated with the appropriate finish paint.

For procedure, see BMW painting instructions.

For reasons of appearance, we recommend that the upper section of the bumper and the sill trim strips be painted the same colour as the car.

In the case of cars without fog lamps, we recommend that the cover be painted the same colour as the car.

Use the inside of the packaging as a support for painting.

Remarks on Assembly

  • To ensure good adhesion, the vehicle must be at a room temperature of 20 °C.
  • Use only the adhesive supplied by BMW.
  • Pay attention to affixing instructions.

Tools Required

1/2″ ratchet
1/2″ extension
1/2″ drive socket, 8 mm, 13 mm A/F
Torque spanner
Regular screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver
Hammer
Centre punch, 3 mm dia.
Sturdy knife
Hand drill
Drill bit, 3.0 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm dia.

Contents

Chapter

  1. Removing Front Bumper
  2. Adapting Fog Lamp Holders
  3. Cutting and Fitting Bumper
  4. Securing Front Apron
  5. Reassembling Bumper

1. Removing Front Bumper

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Left and right vehicle sides

Remove hexagon bolts (1). Remove cover (2) in direction of arrow.

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Lift air duct (1) out of wheel house panelling (2) and remove from below (arrow).

Vehicles with outside thermometer.

Remove temperature sensor (3).

Vehicles with fog lamps

Disconnect fog lamp connector.

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Remove hexagon bolt (1) from wheel house panelling (2). Pull wheel house panelling (2) forward in area of bumper (3) in direction of arrow.

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Use screwdriver to remove towing eye cover (1) from bumper (2). Release holding straps (3) from bumper.

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Use screwdriver to lever out bumper strip (1) and remove in direction of arrow.

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Remove hexagon nuts (1). With the help of another person, carefully remove bumper (2) from the front.

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Drive in split-rivet bolt (1) and remove split rivet (2). Use screwdriver to remove licence-plate holder (3) from bumper.

2. Adapting Fog Lamp Holders

(Only cars with fog lamps)

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Right and left bumper sides

Turn locking lever (1) in direction of arrow. Remove fog lamp (2) from holder (3).

Note

The fog lamps are marked:

Re = Right fog lamp

Li = Left fog lamp

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Remove Phillips screws (1).

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Lever out and remove holder (1) in direction of arrow from ball-socket guide (2) and opening (3) on bumper panelling.

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Remvove adjusting device (2) from pin (1).

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Press together two sides of ball-socket guide (1) of adjusting screw (2) as shown in illustration. Press adjusting screw out of holder in direction of arrow.

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Take adjusting screw from installation kit and insert in ball-socket guide (1) and holder (2).

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Enlarge bore (1) to 5 mm dia.

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Insert adjusting screw (1) through fog lamp holder (2).

Fit adjusting device on pin. Secure adjusting screw with washer and nut. Install fog lamp holder in bumper. Secure bumper.

3. Cutting and Fitting Bumper

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Cut wheel house edge as shown in illustration.

Note

Drill preliminary bore hole, 3 mm dia., for corner points.

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Only E36/2 and /4

Cut out slats (1) of cooler openings . Smooth edges with file.

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Only E36/C

Release locating lugs (1) on reverse of ventilation grille (2). Remove ventilation grid.

Note

The ventilation grille will no longer be needed.

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Take out the two inner supports (1). Smooth edges with file.

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Only E36/2 and /4

Cut out openings for ventilation grille.

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Make drill holes (1), 5 mm dia. Bore points are marked on the inside with punch marks.

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Important

The front apron must rest free of tension on the wheel house.

Position front apron and allow to snap into position on wheel house. Make sure that contour is uniform, cut wheel house edge if necessary.

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Check front apron from inside (rear view) for tension-free installation.

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Install towing eye cover (1) and bumper strip (2). Fit front apron, making sure that gap is even. Locate front apron with adhesive tape. Make bore holes (3), 6 mm dia. Prise out and remove towing eye cover (1) and bumper strip (2).

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Make bore holes (1), 6 mm dia.

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Drill bore holes (1), 3 mm dia., through front apron in bumper. Remove front apron.

4. Securing Front Apron

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Clean marked area (1) on bumper of dust and remaining grease.

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Fit tube squeezer (1) to tube. Screw on nozzle (2).

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Important

Before applying, test the adhesive on a neutral base, making sure that the adhesive is dispensed evenly .

When the adhesive has been applied to the front apron, installation must be completed within 1O minutes. In order to ensure perfect bonding of the adhesive, we recommend that the car should not be washed for two days after the front apron is fitted.

Peel off approx. 10 cm of protective film (3) and fold up loose end. Clean area to be affixed of front apron of dust and remaining grease. Apply adhesive (1) directly beside groove (2) around front apron. In area of wheel house, apply adhesive directly at edge.

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Fit front apron, ensuring that gap is even. Press front apron firmly into position, and remove adhesive tape. Insert and secure split rivets in area of licence-plate holder and wheel house.

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Secure lower side of front apron with screws (1). Insert sleeve (2) between front apron and bumper. Secure centre screws (3) and sleeve (2).

Note

The edge of the bumper and the edge of the front apron must be flush at the side.

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Important

Pay attention to marking on grille (top).

Fit cover grille and secure with screws (2) and washers (3).

5. Reassembling Bumper

Important

Before securing the bumper, make sure that the gap between bumper and bodywork is even. Secure bumper with torque spanner. For torque, see technical data.

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Use sturdy knife to cut out areas marked on bumper strips. Smooth cut edges with file.

Installation Information

Reinstall fog lamps and wheel house panelling in reverse sequence to removal.

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Reinstall right and left air ducts in reverse sequence to removal.

Vehicles with outside thermometer

Fit temperature sensor.

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Install bumper strips (1, 2) and licence-plate carrier (3) on bumper.

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Insert holding straps (1) in retainers (2) on bumper (3) and towing eye cover (4).

Install towing eye cover (4).

To adjust fog lamps, remove cover below headllamps and air duct.

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