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Right I tested fitted the splitter today. The fit is not perfect but in some regards I expected that. Additional measures will need to be taken to ensure it's secure.

The original (not previous) owner says that it needs to be installed over the existing black motosport lip and I think this is the only practical way to do it and secure it properly. As you'll see the splitter emulates this lip and really needs something to hang from across its length. I don't believe simply securing it from the bottom will be sufficient, especially at high speed. Achieving a tight "OEM" fit will require the use of race tape or external (visible) bolts/screws to secure the splitter to the factory lip. Unfortunately if you use race tape removal would be almost impossible without damaging the fibreglass structure (the tape would just pull the fibres apart).

Having said that it's quite grouse and it does look very aggressive, I'm not sold on it yet for every day use but we'll see how that plays out. 

The pics (test fit only)...

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The gaps...

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i think the lip is quite cool to have from a collectors point of view but it looks a little over the top for a street car...  but if you're making copies i'd definately be interested!

i much prefer the lip + splitters look you have in your signature

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16 minutes ago, Drea//Mer said:

i think the lip is quite cool to have from a collectors point of view but it looks a little over the top for a street car...  but if you're making copies i'd definately be interested!

i much prefer the lip + splitters look you have in your signature

 I tend to agree at this early stage, especially since I don't have a huge rear spoiler to match. But I would like to get it attached properly and perhaps drive it around a bit, see it in different settings etc. before I made a final decision.

I'd also like to copy it for all sorts of reasons, I don't have the skills but will hopefully follow up with Willian (@3pedals) to establish if it's actually feasible and what it might mean costwise. I can't see a carbon fibre replica costing only a few hundred, I'd expect it to be much, much more expensive (could be wrong, I'm ignorant on both material costs and the time involved).

I also like the look with only those velocity splitters... broke them both off within a month... imagine me driving around with this huge thing! Having said that my M3 was a daily back then, hardly sees the road now.

15 minutes ago, BimmerShaun said:

EXACTLY the sort of lip I want. 

Form, function or both? Either way keep your eyes on this thread as updates on ownership and the possibility of copies will be posted here first. 👍

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That looks bloody mint dave. I think it suits your blue more than my red. The most noticeable gaps are definitely at the end on the sides. The top front gap I quickly forgot was there. I wonder if self tapping screws can bend the sides in enough to close the gap.

I think because it curves slightly upwards the approach angle at the front isn't actually bad at all especially considering its length. At standard motorsport height I never scraped the front edge, it was always those 2 points at the bottom I showed you.

And be careful about the rough inside scratching your motorsport lip.

it doesn't look like this is installed with the lip does it?

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21 hours ago, M3AN said:

Form, function or both? Either way keep your eyes on this thread as updates on ownership and the possibility of copies will be posted here first. 

Mostly form, I envisage a silver/black colour scheme. 

But I'm sure a little less lift at the front wouldn't go astray either. 

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16 hours ago, qazwsx said:

...I wonder if self tapping screws can bend the sides in enough to close the gap...

...it doesn't look like this is installed with the lip does it?

I think for the sides I might be able to use plastic pop rivets but I want to secure it front and rear first (see below).

It's difficult to tell how the "factory" install goes just from the pics I've seen. I just can't imagine it being strong enough across to top if there's no factory lip to support it... at 200km/h it would just bow down in the middle, tear off and get spat out the rear end I reckon.

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I did spend some more time with the splitter today before beer o'clock and made a couple of standoffs for the rear to provide more bracing.

There are a couple of indents on the splitter on either side at the rear (the ones we discussed @qazwsx) that happen to be exactly 50mm from the underside of the bumper when installed and I don't think this is a coincidence. So I got some aluminium tube I had lying around, cut it to length and threaded the inside of both ends, added a couple of stainless cap screws and two panel washers at each end and I think I have satisfactory rear supports.

But damn it, my Dremel isn't working :( I thought we paid for brand name tools because they lasted forever... just won't power on... I'm sad. So I had to cut the alu tube with a hacksaw... and I only had a wood saw blade lol.

The idea is to clamp the bumper between the washers at one end and the splitter between the two at the other end, that should keep everything at the correct angle of attack as well and firming it all up. Access to both cap screws is easy so there's no bumper-off requirement. That'll sort the rear,  I still need to consider the sides.

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19 hours ago, qazwsx said:

That looks bloody mint dave. I think it suits your blue more than my red. The most noticeable gaps are definitely at the end on the sides. The top front gap I quickly forgot was there. I wonder if self tapping screws can bend the sides in enough to close the gap.

I think because it curves slightly upwards the approach angle at the front isn't actually bad at all especially considering its length. At standard motorsport height I never scraped the front edge, it was always those 2 points at the bottom I showed you.

And be careful about the rough inside scratching your motorsport lip.

it doesn't look like this is installed with the lip does it?

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If you look closely at the side here, I wouldn’t say that’s a great fit either.

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Installed the splitter today in a secure, drivable fashion. I installed it without the factory lip this time and it still has gaps, they're the same with or without the factory lip. A casual observer wouldn't really notice them but any enthusiast would. If we are able to make a mould you'd remove the gaps at that stage I'd think.

It's secured at 7 points now, three at the front, two at the rear and I used two plastic expanding rivets to close and keep the sides in. It's not going anywhere unless I hit something.

All of the extra holes I drilled into the bumper are either out of sight underneath or covered by the factory lip when that's installed.

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rivnuts for the win

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The one in your display picture looks better I reckon. 

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16 minutes ago, zero said:

rivnuts for the win

Nowhere to use them really... the plastic expanding rivets are probably best for where I have them, they're not load bearing and the holes are smaller than nutserts would require.

12 minutes ago, Michael. said:

The one in your display picture looks better I reckon. 

I'm tending that way also (although I broke those velocity splitters so would need to get more) but the big win here is the potential to make a mould and now that it's secure we also know how to mount it properly.

Now, if it were raw carbon fibre with no gaps I'd certainly prefer it for show/meet type events.

In the end I got this for a good price and as a bit of an experiment. I'm pretty confident I could sell it for what I paid for it to somebody that wants one. Especially now that fitting is secure. I suspect it would be great at the track and only takes 5 mins to fit after the extra holes are drilled in the factory bumper (4 of them).

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Looks cleaner without the lip. Especially with a gap it's just 2 separate components rather than 3. Plus it won't be as low. Now if it was body coloured that'd be the dog's bollocks. Of course, probably not worth painting with the current finish.

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That guy can't see over his steering wheel! lol

All things being equal, I'll bring it along on Sunday.

 

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That's not Lotus White...

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