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Z3 Side Skirts / Outer Sills

Discussion in 'General Car Stuff or non-Zed Specific Stuff' started by Wilko58, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. Wilko58

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    My car ('98 2.8 Widebody) is in for some beautifying and needs two new side skirts / outer sills which I've been told are in the region of £150 each new (cheaper at Sopers but I'm led to believe they don't post body panels).
    The unit next door to the body shop I use is home to a top class fibreglass fabricator and he reckons he can make some up for around £180 a pair plus delivery.
    He would need 10 pre-orders to cover the cost of making the moulds - are there any other Widebody owners who would be interested in this project?
     
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    I believe there is a company in Europe already manufacturing these.
     
  3. Wilko58

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    I've Googled for Z3 sills but all I find is people struggling to find replacements or links to threads taking about rusty sills! Any more info would be welcome.
     
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    What are the advantages of fibreglass? I know it's not structural here so it's okay to use and I know they wouldn't rot.

    But rot can still take place around the sills elsewhere so it shouldn't stop you periodically popping off the sills to check for debris.

    And I think it would just give me the heebie-jeebies knowing they weren't original/steel. Yes I know whole kit cars based on Z3s are fibreglass but I wouldn't want one of them either!
     
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    I did send a PM to a member I think in Holland, but he said the export cost would be too high.
    I got a quote last week from BMW for replacements at £273.70 for both.
     
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    i am in the process of doing my outer sills at the min.found a place called shapecraft in hinkley leicester that did a fantastic job cutting out rusty metal and replacing with new.cost just 80 quid for mine.just getting ready for paint now and then job done.bit of a job but hopefully will be as good as new when back on.repair or buy new.....repair for me.
     
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    probably @Stormy_be in Belgium and yes he found the shipping costs very high but a good product if you need them. JIM
     
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    I'm awaiting a reply from Stormy_be re his fibreglass sills but on another thread he says he is concentrating on the Belgian/Euro market due to delivery costs to the UK.
    The metal used one in the link above are £165 delivered but they've then got to be treated and prone to rusting again.
    So, would there be any interest in UK supplied fibreglass sills at around £180 a pair (plus delivery)?
     
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    Was that £80 the pair? How much did the paint job cost? My body shop has quoted £120 a side to remove the old, prepare and paint new and fit and I think that's a bit expensive - £250 a side if I buy new sills from Sopers!
     
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    hi.i paid 80 quid for repair on both sills.i took them off myself and had them painted at my work.was owed a favour so only had to pay for the paint.all being well they will be going back on tomorrow time and weather permitting.not a hard job to remove the sills yourself.
     
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    £120 a side is actually pretty cheap if they are done properly, its vital that they treat the inner sill and the inside of the new sills
     
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    The oem sills aren't the cheapest,I paid £114 plus vat per side. But at least you can be sure they'll fit properly and if prepped,protected and painted properly as top bodywork/painter Sean has done with mine should outlast the car at the age they are,mine's 18 now and i presume the old sills were the original ones.

    Steve
     
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    Your sills where the original ones mate and to be honest, they was not that bad at all
     
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    Crikey that's good to know. So now they're done that's it for many years :).
     
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    Bet mine will last longer then yours, :D your just to hardcore pal, all that wet stuff that you subject your car too, we can discuss it when we get our bus passes ;)
     
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