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    I may purchase some new wings next year, but I don't really know where would be the best place to source them.

    Seen these on eBay. Are these likely to be okay or horrendous and ill-fitting?

    What is the best way to go about getting replacement wings?
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    depends if you are good at fettling sheet metalwork..

    cheap ones usually come from old worn discarded manufacturer die moulds where they only press so many in a run per die mould to keep the tolerances and shape of the wings correct,

    so need to be worked and test fitted and removed several times to fit and line up properly which is a bit of an art, a good bodyshop will do it but yal pay for it in labour time tho some can take 2 or 3 hours to get a perfect fit..
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dailydoggy View Post
    depends if you are good at fettling sheet metalwork..

    cheap ones usually come from old worn discarded manufacturer die moulds where they only press so many in a run per die mould to keep the tolerances and shape of the wings correct,

    so need to be worked and test fitted and removed several times to fit and line up properly which is a bit of an art, a good bodyshop will do it but yal pay for it in labour time tho some can take 2 or 3 hours to get a perfect fit..
    I have a panel beater I know who I've used as long as I've driven, and he does good prices for me, so that bodyshop route isn't too much of a problem.

    Ya reckon these would be okay then? Or would I be better looking in scrappies for a rear-ended E36 with minted wings?

    I assume all E36 wings will fit?
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    swings and roundabouts IMO i fitted a genuine passat wing off a scrapper for a mate without a repaint and it was a nightmare!..

    ide go for a new un myself and fettle it to fit then spray it, or a minter genuine second hand one but yal still prolly have to fettle it and repaint it tho afterwards unless ya get a good lucky fit one..

    they can be distorted sooo easy when removing them off scrap cars or transporting them afterwards they look good on fleabay or in a scrapyard up against a wall or summat but ya dont know what sort of brainless chimp has taken it off or hows it been stored or transported tho..
    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    I've used that company a few times in the past and they've got very good customer service - Free delivery/recollection of ordered parts etc.

    I'd go for a new one, its a pattern part so like chopper said it'll need fettling with, nothing major probably just resize the holes where it bolts down other than that should be good. Depending on the line with the door it may need a bit shaving off.

    Always go for new (even if its non-gen) over a second-hand rust riddled one any day cos you know it'll last and won't bubble up with its first winter
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamM3 View Post
    I've used that company a few times in the past and they've got very good customer service - Free delivery/recollection of ordered parts etc.

    I'd go for a new one, its a pattern part so like chopper said it'll need fettling with, nothing major probably just resize the holes where it bolts down other than that should be good. Depending on the line with the door it may need a bit shaving off.

    Always go for new (even if its non-gen) over a second-hand rust riddled one any day cos you know it'll last and won't bubble up with its first winter
    What's the name/details of the company?

    How much ought I be looking to pay per wing?

    When you say 'new', you mean OE?
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    I'll have to dig up the receipts but they're called SEL in doncaster, south yorks.

    The price on ebay is about right. I've had corsa C wings for £25, pug 106 wings £22, slam panels etc all at good prices.

    By new I meant i'd choose a pattern part for the cost saving because second hand parts may bubble up with rust in the future. With a pattern wing you know it'll last you quite a few years.

    edit - taken from their ebay ad:

    Johnathan Revell
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    Phone: 01302|304000
    Email: ebay@crashrepairparts.com
     
     

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    I'm sure there was a thread I put up here about my wing, had a dent over the indicator/rust so I replaced it with a pattern wing from SEL, didn't require much fettling and was lined up perfect within 2hours. IIRC I paid £40ish for a facelift e36 wing from them.

    This link might help you if you want to ring around for prices..

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    Coupe wings will not fit your car....

    Only saloon,touring and compact wings are interchangeable.
    I wouldn't use pattern parts-they fit sh*t,I tried before and it was a sh*t-fit so ended up getting original wings from Ebay which were in excellent condition and a lot cheaper too.
    There is Quarry Motors here that will also do wings and also every now and then some guy breaks a car here too.I am getting some wings and a bonnet from Mess this time around,Bonnet because the neighbours kids used the car as goal posts and wings because they are the facelift ones
     
     

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    WTF, exactly, are 'pattern parts'?
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