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Thread: E36 M3 Side Skirt Gaskets

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    E36 M3 Side Skirt Gaskets

    Has anyone had a good experience with this kit?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/MOUNTING-KI...wAAOSwYeNbEcYB

    My 4 door M3 came with the luxury side skirts and I picked up a pair of sport skirts and want to install them after I have them painted to match the car. I am really looking for the gaskets and ECS tuning sells them for way too much IMO.
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    The OEM gaskets are just expensive and as far as I can tell there's no way around it. None of the other solutions I've seen are ideal. I just paid $60 or whatever for a replacement gasket for my driver's side. You could try some of the gasket/stripping stuff you can get on ebay or Amazon or whatever, but from what I've seen the fit/finish isn't going to be the same as OEM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TostitoBandito View Post
    You could try some of the gasket/stripping stuff you can get on ebay or Amazon or whatever, but from what I've seen the fit/finish isn't going to be the same as OEM.
    …and you see it every time you get in the car, not just daily. (For a DD anyway)



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    I just tried the ebay stuff..... the gasket material is a perfect match but the adhesive will not even hold to the gasket. I pealed it off with my finger. it wouldn't hold to the car at all. not even for a photo.

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    E36 M3 Side Skirt Gaskets

    Quote Originally Posted by TostitoBandito View Post
    The OEM gaskets are just expensive and as far as I can tell there's no way around it.
    Quote Originally Posted by nvmye36 View Post
    I just tried the ebay stuff......

    Anyone tried this ‘Clinched’ product from ECS, p/n ES#3569520?

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    Last edited by bluptgm3; 02-01-2022 at 04:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvmye36 View Post
    I just tried the ebay stuff..... the gasket material is a perfect match but the adhesive will not even hold to the gasket. I pealed it off with my finger. it wouldn't hold to the car at all. not even for a photo.
    apply contact cement on each end. That's how some seals from the factory were even attached on from the factory back in the e30 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluptgm3 View Post
    Anyone tried this ‘Clinched’ product from ECS, p/n ES#3569520?

    ref -
    BMW p/n 51712234044.


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    I used "Clinched" gaskets. There's some photos of it towards the bottom of this post:
    https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...5#post30681795
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