2001 E46 325ti - Best way to cut / widen exhasut gap in rear bumper?

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  1. 2001 E46 325ti - Best way to cut / widen exhasut gap in rear bumper? 
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    After some old puffin hit the back of m car in B&Q and never left a note or owt, I was having massive issues finding a bumper from a 325 Compact, let alone a silver one.

    I managed to get a silver bumper from a 318 from E-Bay - it was only a tenner so I thought that it would be rude not to try and open up the exhaust hole slightly so that it fits around the twin pipes of a 325.

    Easily said - now I just need to figure out the best way to do it!

    I plan to take the damaged bumper off and make a template etc. Just not sure the best way to cut the new bumper due to curves etc. Like I said, I know that it sounds like a bit of a bodge, but no one has any 325 Compacts for breaking and I don't really want to fork out hundreds of pounds for a new bumper.

    Cheers for any advice that can be offered
     
     

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    the trouble with cutting it is you get the horrible edge, you need something to cover it up with like and exhust trim or something

    i would use a 'Dremel' to cut it with should be nice and easy with a dremel
     
     

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    I posted a pic where someone enlarged the gap to fit a big zorst.
    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...haust-t39799#6
    They didn't get the shape quite right though but maybe they used a big ol' jigsaw??
    I would say for sure to under-remove material as you can always remove/enlarge a tad more but the reverse obviously ain't true!
    Good luck
     
     

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    i cut mine to fit my acs twin tail pipe on my 316ti and you`d never know give it a go mines the white one 316ti and the one next to it is a 325ti
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    Cheers guys - I was thinking that I dremel would to the trick as it would be less clumbersome than a jigsaw. I just need to order one of the wheel arch guide things, then I'll give it a go.

    Like I said, for a tenner and a bit of time, its got to be worth a shot - my rear bumper looks pretty tatty - there's a scuff and a hole where something like the edge of a trailer has hit it. On top of that, there is the notch from the old tow bar.
     
     

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    i think the dremel would be perfect, i use the dremel for everything lol

    its good for plastic and stuff, with a bit of practise you can make things look quite well cut with it,
     
     

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    Looks like its time to hit e-bay then!

    Will get the guide that is broken sorted tomorrow (they're surprisingly cheap from BMW) and get it sorted. Then I can crack on with the other cosmetic bits.
     
     

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    Might be worth letting a bodyshop have a look, it's amazing what they can do with plastic bumpers these days in terms of repairs so it should'nt be a problem. If you really want to have a go yourself though patience is the key, do it bit by bit instead of wading in.
     
     

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