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Fixing the G80 M3’s nose

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Let’s just level with each other right off the bat. I love the G8X. I loved it so much that I voted with my own bank account to obtain one. However, I cannot sit here with a straight face and tell you that it is the prettiest M ever made. It’s the M3’s nose, obviously. It’s different. Aggressive. Attention-getting. But it’ll always be weird. So, screw it. Let’s embrace the weird by adding more of it. Let’s fix the G80 M3 nose.

This isn’t as clear cut as you might think.

The nose knows

There are basically three options for this car. You can add a new grille (of which there are many), you can add carbon fiber, or you can get rhinoplasty. I have opted for a combination of the first two.

I think it’s best to start with the first option I thought of, which was to use a special body shop to paint a CSL grille, intakes, lip and more with a gradient. It would look like this:

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Please excuse the crudeness, it’s just a Photoshop rendering.

Certainly different. But this is not a show car, just one I drive every day. Not exactly OEM+ either, which is my style.

Then I thought about a nose job.

Ad-no

I reached out to Adro, which released a full ($12,000 without labor or paint!) body kit, and they said they’d be willing to work with me.

(Now before I go any further, I’d like to tell you that if you’re reading this and you either have or like the Adro kit, please enjoy it and skip the next paragraph.)

Adro might have been willing to work with me, but not nearly enough to offset the cost of everything. But even if the kit were free, I couldn’t do it, because…it’s ugly. It makes the car look worse. Here, see…

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The Adro M3 nose.

The angled-down nose resembles a dog sniffing for a bone. That big black hole with no body color in between the nostrils. And all the mesh – we want less of a mess in the front, not more sloots, slits and slats. No thank you. Next.

CS to the RS-cue

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The M3 CS is my inspiration. Photo: BMW

All of this had been going on for quite some time, and I just didn’t see a grille/carbon fiber combo I liked. But then, the M3 CS came out. Too bad it’ll never have a stick. So…let’s make an M3 CS 6MT!

I already had the proper lights.

To do this, I decided on three items:

  • An M4 CSL front lip, of which the M3 will have a nearly identical one.
  • Carbon Fiber air scoops. I’ve always hated the stock mesh grilles, but was unaware of the change without ordering the Carbon Package because I had ordered the car so early.
  • A gloss black CS grille, with metallic red trim.

I thought about changing the badging to those from a red M3 CS, but it’s not readily available, and the more I thought about it, the more I felt that keeping the chrome badges, which is BMW-speak for manual, would be true to the car.

Where I get the things to fix the G80 M3 nose

Now that I knew what I wanted, the question was how I could go about getting it. Only one company makes the grille I wanted, AutoTecknic.

You can go with a carbon fiber grille, which I’m sure would be lighter, but I don’t like the look from more than three feet away. With the CS grille, the red accents compliment my car’s brakes.

Speaking of carbon, we have a lot of options. I decided to take a chance on a new company called NWCarbon Haus.

  • BMW M has the scoops and CSL lip. The cost is over $7,000.
  • Aftermarket companies cost half that, but the M tax is still severe. NWCarbon Haus is a new maker, but priced quite competitively.
  • Even if the pieces were terrible in fitment or quality (they are not), I figured it would be justified to give it a try.

TySpeed

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Nose job in progress.

This is a job you may be able to do on your own. That said, I have much more piece of mind going to a pro. Tyler from TySpeed added additional reinforcements for adhesion, had access to heat guns, and expertly took everything apart and put it back together.

You know that moment where you finish working on your car and still have four bolts left over? That never happens here. It’s important to mention that I choose to go to TySpeed simply because they are the best. There is no special treatment or discount offered, though I think by now I should have my own VIP parking spot. I’ll bring it up the next time I’m there.

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Much like this publication, it’s hard work, but Tyler never looks at it as such.

Installing the new G80 M3 nose

I’ll walk you through installation. The big reveal is at the bottom.

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We begin by putting the car on a lift and removing the black plastic panels on the floor.
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These honeycomb vents are going away.
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As are these black lips.
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Tyler will remove this badge with the use of a heat gun. BMW does not sell it separately; you must buy the entire grille.
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This is fun for you aviation buffs – this is a real Pitot tube, and it measures ambient air temp for the cabin, much like on an airliner (or an F-15).
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The top screws are removed and holes are marked foe proper placement when putting back together.
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The entire front-end is held together with plastic clips and screws. A lot of screws.
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Off it goes.
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The parking sensors must be removed.
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Tyler uses a plastic trim tool to unlock the grille tabs.
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I wanted to show that the bumper is molded to support the small wings, so don’t worry about a lip not being strong enough.
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The badge is removed off the old grille with a heat gun.

Adding the new pieces for the G80 M3 nose

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The new grille and scoops fit perfectly and snap right in.
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The scoops lead into actual brake ducts and intercoolers.
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The carbon fiber from NWCarbon Haus is excellent quality, even around complex curves.
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Tyler uses 3M tape to re-adhere the badge to the new grille.

Installing the lip on the G80 M3 nose

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It’s a three-piece lip, even on the CS, so it’s much easier to install.
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We add additional 3M tape as a precaution.
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With everything in place, the back trim is reinstalled on the bumper.
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The lip should be fitted with the bumper back on the car.
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The tape is carefully peeled once fitment is secure.

Fitment adjustments

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The driver’s side was a bit of an issue, so a heat gun was used to make sure the tape was soft.
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Fitment on the lip is 8/10 – a few clips needed to be left off.
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Everything looks good.
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The car is wiped down to remove smudges.
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All done.

The big reveal

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There was one small detail missing here, which are special black roundels from IND. It’s a 12 week wait.

You’ll notice that in my reviews, I never mention looks. I don’t feel it to be appropriate. I can’t tell you what you should like. So it is with modifying your own ride.

I’m very happy with the result here. I transformed the nose, especially with the yellow DRLs. It’s all very CS. Traffic now moves out of my way like Moses parting the seas. Here comes that nose!

I wonder what I’ll do next…

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Hmmm…

Thanks to TySpeed, AutoTecknic, and NWCarbonHaus for their support with this story.

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