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    I bought myself a front bumper for my car thats the same color Arctic Silver, and it has a replica Alpina splitter on it. Only cost 100. There was a bit of scape damage to the driver's side undercorner which I have filled now and smoothed over. I've also have to fill in quite a few other mould holes etc to make it nice and smooth.

    Now, I have noticed that the top and bottom grooves above the center ALPINA word are solid, with 2 rounded posts top and bottom. I've looked at a few pics of other Alpina splitters, and they are all the same, with solid grooves. Has anyone chopped out that top and bottom bit, leaving those 2 posts? I was thinking of doing it cos this design isn't half gonna cause drag!!
     
     

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    have you got any pics of the work you have carried out so far?
     
     

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    Heres some pix of how far I am. As you can see, in the grooves, there big chunks of filler from before, which are rather ugly, so either I can just smooth those down, or take out the grooves completely so the air can pass through. I sprayed the bottom of it in satin black for now to see what it looks like, and I think it looks ok, like M3 style. I know it's gonna get scraped sooner or later anyway, so doing it in black is easy to sort, I can just touch it up myself rather than have to worry about color matching the silver.












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    Behind the upper groove where the Alpina center is there is the bottom of the bumper itself, so I'll have a double layer to remove, the bottom groove is the splitter only. I'll paint the posts black. Looks rather cool with a black bottom doesn't it. I think whoever stuck the splitter on before just stuck it on. There was so many imperfections on the surface. It's about 95% smooth now.
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    Ok, have just finished messing around and getting very messy chopping out the top and bottom grooves. Here it is, now to find a good cheap paintshop.











     
     

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    Is your car lowered Charley?
     
     

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    Yes Steve, front is down 40mm now. 18's with 225/40's
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharleyNokia View Post
    Yes Steve, front is down 40mm now. 18's with 225/40's
    Seriously mate, those spoilers look superb but are a fookin nightmare on the road with a lowered car. Mine has been smashed/cracked/scraped...
    I still caught mine with the 30mm eibachs i had on there...
    Speed humps will be your worst enemy. Because its all out in front, the spoiler hits them before the wheels and scrapes....


    I now put a standard bumper on for everyday driving and the Alpina bumper only goes in for shows and meets...

    Notice the ground clearance on mine now, but still had problems with the eibach springs...
    Its nearly on the coilover stops....
     
     

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    Your car in this pic looks like it's a bit slammed. There is still about 1 finger gap between the top of the front tyre and arch. Btw, your front wheels look like they are the wrong offset, they sit REALLY in. Either that or you have biscuit wheels!!! haha. Is your splitter fiber glass or plastic?
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    The wheels are the correct offset, but im running 40 profile tyres with a stretch on the front so i could slam it even lower and get the stance I wanted...
    The spoiler I have is the Genuine Alpina, its made of a rubbery plastic, as a fibre glass one wont last 5 mins...

    This is how it was lowered 30mm with 225/45 17 tyres i was running Eibach springs with bilstien shocks..



    Even like that I had to watch out for curbs and ramps, could get over the cobbled speed humps in my village...

    Mate, I love the look of them and wouldnt want anything else. But I thought i would give you some warning of what to expect...
    Dont bother too much with a good paint finish beacuse you WILL catch it at some point....
     
     

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