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      05-02-2013, 09:04 AM   #1
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Carbon fiber rear spoiler

Guys has anyone bought and installed a NON-OEM carbon fiber spoiler for an F30 sedan? I am not entirely sure I want to spend almost $500 on a spoiler when they can be bought for $150-$175 aftermarket. Looking to get perspective on quality from people who have installed aftermarket.

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I would go with the BMW one or the AC Schnitzer one as those cheap knock-offs usually are poor quality and never fit right.
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I bought the now famous $89 one and did a pre test, the fitment is perfect and no wave in the middle like some have mentioned. I plan on installing in the next week or so.
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I bought the now famous $89 one and did a pre test, the fitment is perfect and no wave in the middle like some have mentioned. I plan on installing in the next week or so.
Can you pm me a link please? I'd order one at that price.
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I bought the now famous $89 one and did a pre test, the fitment is perfect and no wave in the middle like some have mentioned. I plan on installing in the next week or so.
Can you pm me a link please? I'd order one at that price.
Me too please
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I bought the now famous $89 one and did a pre test, the fitment is perfect and no wave in the middle like some have mentioned. I plan on installing in the next week or so.
Can you pm me a link please? I'd order one at that price.
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Can you pm me a link please? I'd order one at that price.
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      06-26-2013, 02:01 AM   #8
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So how many people have successfully installed the CF spoiler from eBay without issues
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I bought the OEM one and is in the process of being installed right now... will try and take pics when I get it back tonight

just a word to the wise to the people looking at $89 CF spoiler off ebay, it may not even be CF that's in the spoiler but imitation CF... that or it could be a lower quality CF used to manufacture the spoiler.

I hate to sound like i'm drinking the BMW Kool-Aid here but there is a reason why BMW charges $500 instead of $100 off ebay, it's all in the quality. Another thing to watch out for since it's CF is if the CF will fade on it's own over time... I've seen some yellowing develop on some CF parts that were more or less bought off bargain sites and they definitely showed their quality over time when exposed to sunlight.... of course I don't know if the OEM BMW would do the same thing but it's just food for thought!
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I bought the OEM one and is in the process of being installed right now... will try and take pics when I get it back tonight

just a word to the wise to the people looking at $89 CF spoiler off ebay, it may not even be CF that's in the spoiler but imitation CF... that or it could be a lower quality CF used to manufacture the spoiler.

I hate to sound like i'm drinking the BMW Kool-Aid here but there is a reason why BMW charges $500 instead of $100 off ebay, it's all in the quality. Another thing to watch out for since it's CF is if the CF will fade on it's own over time... I've seen some yellowing develop on some CF parts that were more or less bought off bargain sites and they definitely showed their quality over time when exposed to sunlight.... of course I don't know if the OEM BMW would do the same thing but it's just food for thought!
+1 I also wound up getting the original BMW carbon spoiler. Fitment is perfect and it looks amazing.
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Any gloss finished carbon fiber part is going to fade/yellow over time. You have to maintain it via polishing/waxing as ou should do with your paint.
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+1 I also wound up getting the original BMW carbon spoiler. Fitment is perfect and it looks amazing.
I went the same route.

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Any gloss finished carbon fiber part is going to fade/yellow over time. You have to maintain it via polishing/waxing as ou should do with your paint.

I agree but the OEM carbon fiber spoiler carries BMW warranty and in my opinion is just made better.
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the differences between the OEM BMW and ebay carbon part is the resin vs fiber ratio. The resin content are usually less than 35% so the part are mostly build up with fiber vs ebay cheap part where the part are mostly build up with resin (50% or more) and a lot of times fiberglass for backing. Less resin and more carbon = stronger part. The more resin in the part = more yellowing and more brittle.
So if you want a part that will last longer then go with OEM.
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Guys has anyone bought and installed a NON-OEM carbon fiber spoiler for an F30 sedan? I am not entirely sure I want to spend almost $500 on a spoiler when they can be bought for $150-$175 aftermarket. Looking to get perspective on quality from people who have installed aftermarket.

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Just an FYI I ordered an OEM Carbon fiber spoiler on 6/09/13. I was supposed to get the spoiler by 6/17. I am now told today via email that the spoiler is on backorder by BMW and the dealer has no idea how long it will be until it's delivered. I think they are full of shit but I am not paying 500 on ebay.
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Just an FYI I ordered an OEM Carbon fiber spoiler on 6/09/13. I was supposed to get the spoiler by 6/17. I am now told today via email that the spoiler is on backorder by BMW and the dealer has no idea how long it will be until it's delivered. I think they are full of shit but I am not paying 500 on ebay.
I ordered one around the same time. Mine is back ordered as well, I'm not expecting it for a few weeks.

They're not full of shit, as mine is backordered and I know what's going on since I work at a dealer

When items back order, it means that not only is the part not here in the country, but isn't available in Germany. Its coming from their supplier so until it hits the house in Germany, that's why there's a no ETA. Once they have it, the dealership will get an ETA. The last time I checked with my parts guy, he was saying it looked like middle of July.
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I ordered one around the same time. Mine is back ordered as well, I'm not expecting it for a few weeks.

They're not full of shit, as mine is backordered and I know what's going on since I work at a dealer

When items back order, it means that not only is the part not here in the country, but isn't available in Germany. Its coming from their supplier so until it hits the house in Germany, that's why there's a no ETA. Once they have it, the dealership will get an ETA. The last time I checked with my parts guy, he was saying it looked like middle of July.
Interesting since I sourced the spoiler at other dealers and they have them in stock. I guess it could be old stock but never the less it is bad biz to not even give a customer and idea of projected delivery and to send notifications that I will have the part on June 17th. 2 weeks later when I still hear nothing I contact them and get the backorder story. Here's a wild idea how about contacting me and keeping me in the loop. It's not that hard to do. I would move on but their price is the best but if I can't get it I guess the price means nothing. In the end, for me it's a nice to have not a need to have so, I will go a different direction if need be.
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Yup. Working at a dealer for years taught me a thing or two about back orders. Theyre legit and can take forever at times. Especially a non necessity part.

EDIT: stopped by McKenna today and found out they are shipping out of Germany 7/6. Not sure what that means ETA wise.
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      07-02-2013, 02:12 PM   #19
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aren't these spoilers also hand made or something like that? i recall reading somewhere there is an intricate manufacturing process behind the CF spoilers... mine also was on back order when i bought mine off getbmwparts, the wait was like 3 weeks!
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anybody have a good pic of white with the carbon fiber spoiler? i have a sport and i have no idea if i should get the carbon fiber spoiler
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      07-10-2013, 01:59 PM   #21
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Autoteknics one seems to be pretty reasonably priced and they are local to those of us in LA. Has anyone purchased one of these yet?

EDIT: Since the BMW M Performance ones are on back ordered, I just ordered one from Neil @ Autoteknics earlier today, I'll post pics once installed.
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Make sure these CF aren't showing any flaws under clear coat...they are very hard to detect by eyes.

I would get the OE products from BMW or AC Schinitzer
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