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Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by captain awesome » Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:42 pm

So I'm contemplating getting some Euro bumpers for my 84 633. I prefer the look without the valance for the front which seems the opposite of most. What car do I need to scavenge parts from to get the "non" valanced cars? Or maybe the valance just unbolts and voila?

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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by tschultz » Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:03 pm

Both models look like the early valance, aka 1978-1981 628CSi.

I don't know if the early 635CSi valance is the same or different, but it is part of the bumper and sits behind the airdam on the 1978-1981 635's.

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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by captain awesome » Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:24 pm

tschultz wrote:Both models look like the early valance, aka 1978-1981 628CSi.

I don't know if the early 635CSi valance is the same or different, but it is part of the bumper and sits behind the airdam on the 1978-1981 635's.
I've never seen any of them in person, I'm wondering if the later would look fine without the dam or at least similar enough to the early models. I'll keep looking for pics in the meantime.
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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by wattsmonkey » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:15 pm

I've got a front valance from an '83 Euro 628CSi which looks like this. It's pretty rare over here too, apparently being the part you need to attach the Alpina B9 front spoiler.

There weren't many 628s made in any case, with lots of them being specced with the 635 front apron (so no valance).

Like you, I think this looks great, especially with no rear spoiler either - very clean.
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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by captain awesome » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:29 pm

If I can find one that would be great, but If I can modify the later model with the larger valance and create something similar I would be equally happy.

I think that coupled with the later model Euro rear bumper would be the cats pajamas.
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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by captain awesome » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:50 pm

I also wonder depending on the inner structure of the valance if it could be trimmed to achieve a similar look? I would think some bracing or rigidity would have to be added back in, but altering something that's less rare seems like a better option. I didn't have time to create a gif, but a quick photoshop to show what I was thinking.

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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by Alpinacsi » Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:21 pm

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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by Alpinacsi » Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:24 pm

I posted the non spoiler valance as used on the 5/82 and later models. Very difficult to find here in the US but parts are available new.
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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by Ralph in Socal » Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:10 pm

Sorry Derrick but I think it's Fugly. I have one and wish it was an actual full front airdam but that's how it came to me.

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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by captain awesome » Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:14 pm

With the plate mount removed I think it would look swell. If you ever decide that bumper is just too ugly let me know. I'd gladly take it off your hands if the price was reasonable. Let me fix your ugly problem for you.... :D
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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by Brucey » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:19 pm

the looks are of course subjective, but that you benefit from some kind of spoiler/air dam at the front is not; BMW put it there to improve the car's aerodynamics.

I am given to understand that without it, the handling may become somewhat evil at high speed, because the result is otherwise front-end lift.

The small lip spoiler added to the early front bumper assy is not a complete solution to the aerodynamic issues. Deleting the lower lip from the '635' air dam looks like another good way of generating front end lift, too.

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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by captain awesome » Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:50 am

Maybe if I just painted the lip black?
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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by Brucey » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:47 am

there's always more than one way to skin a cat.

Also it would be fair to say that the aerodynamics are unlikely to cause any real trouble at legal highway speeds.

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Re: Euro front bumper without valance?

Post by captain awesome » Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:17 pm

I've got to locate a bumper first. Oddly enough when I first got the car the diving boards didn't bother me. Now they stick out like a sore thumb.
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