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Post by JINGLE » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:39 pm

Hi IAmOrion, mark plant inboxed me about this thread as I might have missed it.

I wouldn't recommend going the m style route.... as mentioned above Jonny Essex had his quad done there and it didn't end very well.... they do the "T" section along the inside of the bumper and then just welded it at a right angle and literally just welded a scrap piece of metal to blank off the rear of the 2nd set of tips, it really wasn't good.

BUMPER:
As stated above the //M rear bumper is for the facelift so you have 2 options here.... modify it to fit your pre facelift lights (I think this leaves a small gap which looks unfinished to me) or fit the facelift lights and then it should be a straight swap for the //M bumper.
(Also if your buying 2nd hand, don't forget to check if the small plastic grill/mesh is included)

EXHAUST:
I went with a company called EMP Performance, based in St Albans. The reason for this was a recommendation from forum member "ESP" who also had his done there as he is local. I'm so glad I listened to his advise as we are both very happy with our quads and to date havnt had a single issue.
The cost was £550, just booked it in, dropped car off in the morning (with the //M bumper already fitted by myself) went for a beer and some shopping and came back in the afternoon and it was all finished!

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Post by Coffee331 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:27 pm

scooobydont wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:17 pm
Mine has the front lip from a SEAT Cupra, great fit and only about £47 from the bay.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GENUINE-SEAT- ... SwFe5XzoIb
That lip looks great....was it tricky to fit?

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Post by ScoobyR1 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:55 pm

scooobydont wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:50 pm
Here you go:

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Gotta say that looks great and such an effective £ - punch ratio :thumbsup: Pretty ingenious :driving:
'03 Titan Silver 3.0 auto, watch this space for updates. :D

Now sold '03 Sterling grey 2.5 E85, 108's fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4's (Non RFT), stubby, CC, refurbished MFSW, LED bulbs throughout. Aero front bumper

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Post by thanatu55 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:02 pm

JINGLE wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:39 pm
Hi IAmOrion, mark plant inboxed me about this thread as I might have missed it.

I wouldn't recommend going the m style route.... as mentioned above Jonny Essex had his quad done there and it didn't end very well.... they do the "T" section along the inside of the bumper and then just welded it at a right angle and literally just welded a scrap piece of metal to blank off the rear of the 2nd set of tips, it really wasn't good.

BUMPER:
As stated above the //M rear bumper is for the facelift so you have 2 options here.... modify it to fit your pre facelift lights (I think this leaves a small gap which looks unfinished to me) or fit the facelift lights and then it should be a straight swap for the //M bumper.
(Also if your buying 2nd hand, don't forget to check if the small plastic grill/mesh is included)

EXHAUST:
I went with a company called EMP Performance, based in St Albans. The reason for this was a recommendation from forum member "ESP" who also had his done there as he is local. I'm so glad I listened to his advise as we are both very happy with our quads and to date havnt had a single issue.
The cost was £550, just booked it in, dropped car off in the morning (with the //M bumper already fitted by myself) went for a beer and some shopping and came back in the afternoon and it was all finished!

Some photos for reference:
Jingle your exhaust is awesome coupled with the M bumper. Massive improvement from facelift. Part of me is wishing I'd gone down that route!

Iamorion; if you follow the above I'd definitely go down the facelift rear light route rather than modding the bumper.
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Post by thanatu55 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:06 pm

ScoobyR1 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:55 pm
Gotta say that looks great and such an effective £ - punch ratio Pretty ingenious
Looks better than any of the aftermarket options from mstyle etc IMO
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Post by ScoobyR1 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:16 pm

thanatu55 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:06 pm
ScoobyR1 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:55 pm
Gotta say that looks great and such an effective £ - punch ratio Pretty ingenious
Looks better than any of the aftermarket options from mstyle etc IMO
Totally :thumbsup:
'03 Titan Silver 3.0 auto, watch this space for updates. :D

Now sold '03 Sterling grey 2.5 E85, 108's fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4's (Non RFT), stubby, CC, refurbished MFSW, LED bulbs throughout. Aero front bumper

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Post by scooobydont » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:39 pm

Coffee331 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:27 pm
scooobydont wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:17 pm
Mine has the front lip from a SEAT Cupra, great fit and only about £47 from the bay.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GENUINE-SEAT- ... SwFe5XzoIb
That lip looks great....was it tricky to fit?
4 self tappers screwed into the underside of the bumper, about as easy as it gets :D

It is LOW though, you will be crawling over speed bumps and will no longer be able to have the bumper overhang kerbs when parking, mine has a few war wounds since those pics were taken.

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Post by Coffee331 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:46 pm

scooobydont wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:39 pm
Coffee331 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:27 pm
scooobydont wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:17 pm
Mine has the front lip from a SEAT Cupra, great fit and only about £47 from the bay.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GENUINE-SEAT- ... SwFe5XzoIb
That lip looks great....was it tricky to fit?
4 self tappers screwed into the underside of the bumper, about as easy as it gets :D

It is LOW though, you will be crawling over speed bumps and will no longer be able to have the bumper overhang kerbs when parking, mine has a few war wounds since those pics were taken.
Low is good :lol: just ordered one. Great idea :thumbsup: :)

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Post by IAmOrion » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:58 pm

JINGLE wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:39 pm
Hi IAmOrion, mark plant inboxed me about this thread as I might have missed it.

I wouldn't recommend going the m style route.... as mentioned above Jonny Essex had his quad done there and it didn't end very well.... they do the "T" section along the inside of the bumper and then just welded it at a right angle and literally just welded a scrap piece of metal to blank off the rear of the 2nd set of tips, it really wasn't good.

BUMPER:
As stated above the //M rear bumper is for the facelift so you have 2 options here.... modify it to fit your pre facelift lights (I think this leaves a small gap which looks unfinished to me) or fit the facelift lights and then it should be a straight swap for the //M bumper.
(Also if your buying 2nd hand, don't forget to check if the small plastic grill/mesh is included)

EXHAUST:
I went with a company called EMP Performance, based in St Albans. The reason for this was a recommendation from forum member "ESP" who also had his done there as he is local. I'm so glad I listened to his advise as we are both very happy with our quads and to date havnt had a single issue.
The cost was £550, just booked it in, dropped car off in the morning (with the //M bumper already fitted by myself) went for a beer and some shopping and came back in the afternoon and it was all finished!
Ahh ok - I'll look to see if I can find some facelift rear lights then... I presume they're a straight swap? (As in no extra coding etc etc)
I'll look up EMP Performance, I'd rather go where forum members recommend so thanks for the detailed info :thumbsup:
Your looks amazing! Defo the look I want to go for
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Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:02 pm
Iamorion; if you follow the above I'd definitely go down the facelift rear light route rather than modding the bumper.
Yup agreed - I'm going to follow JINGLEs advice and get in touch with EMP Performance
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Post by JINGLE » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:36 pm

http://www.empperformance.com

I also followed a couple of their fabricators on Instagram for a few weeks before booking it, they update their personal Instagrams with lots of their day to day work so you can see the quality of the work they do!!

http://instagram.com/empperformance

http://instagram.com/mad_dp

Take a look at their work, it's top quality!
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Post by JINGLE » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:39 pm

thanatu55 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:02 pm
JINGLE wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:39 pm
Hi IAmOrion, mark plant inboxed me about this thread as I might have missed it.

I wouldn't recommend going the m style route.... as mentioned above Jonny Essex had his quad done there and it didn't end very well.... they do the "T" section along the inside of the bumper and then just welded it at a right angle and literally just welded a scrap piece of metal to blank off the rear of the 2nd set of tips, it really wasn't good.

BUMPER:
As stated above the //M rear bumper is for the facelift so you have 2 options here.... modify it to fit your pre facelift lights (I think this leaves a small gap which looks unfinished to me) or fit the facelift lights and then it should be a straight swap for the //M bumper.
(Also if your buying 2nd hand, don't forget to check if the small plastic grill/mesh is included)

EXHAUST:
I went with a company called EMP Performance, based in St Albans. The reason for this was a recommendation from forum member "ESP" who also had his done there as he is local. I'm so glad I listened to his advise as we are both very happy with our quads and to date havnt had a single issue.
The cost was £550, just booked it in, dropped car off in the morning (with the //M bumper already fitted by myself) went for a beer and some shopping and came back in the afternoon and it was all finished!

Some photos for reference:
Jingle your exhaust is awesome coupled with the M bumper. Massive improvement from facelift. Part of me is wishing I'd gone down that route!

Iamorion; if you follow the above I'd definitely go down the facelift rear light route rather than modding the bumper.
It really is awesome, it's my fav mod (just edges the wheels!!!)

Hopefully we bump into each other some time and you can hear it, people don't believe it's "only" the 4 pot 2.0i as it sounds so good!
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Post by thanatu55 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:15 am

JINGLE wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:39 pm
t really is awesome, it's my fav mod (just edges the wheels!!!)

Hopefully we bump into each other some time and you can hear it, people don't believe it's "only" the 4 pot 2.0i as it sounds so good!
And a mod you managed to complete! :wink:

Yeah deffo I'd love to hear it although I'm trying so hard to keep it off the list right now, I'm that impatient it'll probably be on there by the morning! (and deserves a place above a blue roof...)
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Post by IAmOrion » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:29 pm

JINGLE wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:36 pm
http://www.empperformance.com

I also followed a couple of their fabricators on Instagram for a few weeks before booking it, they update their personal Instagrams with lots of their day to day work so you can see the quality of the work they do!!

http://instagram.com/empperformance

http://instagram.com/mad_dp

Take a look at their work, it's top quality!
Yours looks awesome, I'll be sure to check them out, Thanks again 8) :thumbsup:
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Post by goldbcfc » Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:46 pm

scooobydont wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:50 pm
Here you go:

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that front spoiler works very well on the SE pre facelift bumper. might try this one next time round.

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Post by thanatu55 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:12 pm

Coffee331 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:46 pm
scooobydont wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:39 pm
Coffee331 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:27 pm


That lip looks great....was it tricky to fit?
4 self tappers screwed into the underside of the bumper, about as easy as it gets :D

It is LOW though, you will be crawling over speed bumps and will no longer be able to have the bumper overhang kerbs when parking, mine has a few war wounds since those pics were taken.
Low is good :lol: just ordered one. Great idea :thumbsup: :)
Low 'LOOKS' good, practicality wise not so good. When I have to pull to a near stop at every speed bump like I'm preparing to scale Mount Everest, or when I grit my teeth through every sudden but slight incline in the road while the sparks fly from beneath and I hear the dreaded sound of carbon fiber against tarmac, I start to regret my decision to mount a front splitter.

However, when I get out of the car and begin to walk away I take a look back at that glistening Carbon Fiber from beneath my bumper and all the regret dissipates into a self congratulate smile. Again, Looks good, practicality is a b**ch !!!

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