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Pre-LCI to LCI Conversion

Discussion in 'E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006-2011)' started by dtisdale, Dec 9, 2013.

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    dtisdale

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    Hey everyone -

    I'm currently gaining a little more insight as to what it takes in order to successfully pull a pre-LCI to LCI conversion with only the hood and front bumper. I currently have a 2008 E90 335i sedan (preLCI).

    Just seeing if anyone out there had any success stories or great points of reference I can seek out and get a ballpark estimate on price / hours.

    Thanks!
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    charlson89

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    I know the main reason people want the LCI's is for the lights they have. To be honest I don't think will work just because of the difference between the wiring and Control modules. This can get expensive fast though as well. Here is a decent write up a guy did on his. http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=558338
    I personally would just look to purchase a LCI but to each is your own.
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    dtisdale

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    Thanks for the feedback. I'm not so much interested in the lights, just the hood with the V contour lines and front bumper. Is this just a straight cosmetic swap or are there dimensional differences that make this a lot harder than it seems?
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    charlson89

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    Yes because you may nee to do the lights as well for proper body panel fitment.
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    MGarrison

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    You might want to use realoem.com to compare pre & post lci part numbers for hood, bumper, lights etc - I took a quick look & I think front fenders are the same. If the lights are different part numbers, possible that new hood & bumper wouldn't fit. Then there's also whether attachment hardware is different & so on. Unless you found a lci car that was rear-ended and could scavenge the parts cheaply, this might be an idea that gets into a few thousand bucks or more, quickly. Google to see if there's anything else on the 'net by anyone who's done it, see what other info is out there.
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    Ken.S.330

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    Have you considered going with an aftermarket hood and bumper from some place like Bavarian Autosports or Turner... I know that looks are highly subjective but the M3 look in my opinion is a nice change.
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    dtisdale

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    I'll have to look further into it, thanks. Thank you all for the input.
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    dtisdale

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    Yea, looks like I'll have to go with new lights to match the LCI hood, everything else fits perfectly. I was also looking at an M tech front bumper - I think this will help change the car's appearance drastically and make it look newer.
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    bigtigga01

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    Sonictuning sells a conversion kit that includes the lci mtech bumper. Sells for $999 that last time I checked and it comes with all oem parts needed.

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