Installing an aftermarket BMW F30 front lip on your personal car can accentuate its inherent sportiness and aggressiveness. Although they don’t look like a huge upgrade, front lips do wonders for F30 BMWs’ overall appearance, more resembling the look of an M3.
With this in mind, we’ve rounded up a list of the top four front lip aftermarket models to consider. Although they are all mostly aesthetic upgrades, they can slightly improve your vehicle’s downforce performance at high speeds.
We’ve also included a compatibility guide and a short front lip and splitter installation tutorial (although professional installation is recommended). To conclude, we’ve rounded up some frequently asked questions to help steer you toward the perfect front lip for your BMW F30.
Front Lip and Bumper Splitters for BMW F30 3 Series
2012-2018 BMW F30 F31 3 Series M Sport Front Lip Matte Black Finish
- Front splitter and lip kit for F30 with the M-Sport bumper
- Matte black finish, can be painted in body color
- Lightweight and durable polypropylene
Inside the package, you get a splitter and a lower bottom lip. This is an easy-to-install kit that fits F30 3 Series BMWs perfectly and boasts a top-quality build. Installation accessories are included, but having the lip and splitter installed by a professional is recommended, particularly if you don’t have the right experience.
This is a one-piece, full-length lip; it isn’t split into three sections. It’s made out of top-notch polypropylene material that is durable and lightweight.
The lip comes unpainted with a matte black finish. Some users may decide to have it color-matched, although many prefer to leave the sleek matte black appearance. If a decision is made to have this front lip and splitter color-matched, sanding/primer is required before applying a paint coat.
If you want to achieve a blacked out front, you might be interested in black kidney grilles for your BMW F30.
Carbon Fiber Front Lip Splitter for BMW 3 Series F30 M Sport
- Front Lip Splitter for M-Sport package BMW F30
- Real Carbon Fiber with a glossy finish
- Bolt-on installation
This EPARTS front lip and splitter match F30 and F35 M-Sport and M-Tech vehicles years 2012-2018. It’s made of flexible and high-quality carbon fiber material that protects your front bumper from chips, scraps, and even heavier damage.
Although these parts feature bolt-on installation, it is recommended they be installed by a professional body shop. If you are experienced in F30 aftermarket parts installation, you might be able to do it yourself, but bear in mind that the installation manual is not included here.
All of these front lip accessories will emphasize your BMW’s aggressive style, but the EPARTS model also has a sleek vibe to it. Both parts are made out of top-notch carbon fiber material
Front Bumper Lip for non-M-Sport BMW F30 3 Series 2012-2018 (Carbon Fiber)
- Front splitter for non-M-Sport BMW F30 front bumper (Base bumper only)
- Carbon fiber finish
- ABS shell for maximum durability and strength
- Excellent appearance upgrade for base bumper F30’s
So long as you have a BMW 3 Series F30 or F35, made in the years 2013-2018, this front lip and splitter combination will fit your vehicle perfectly.
In addition to providing an elegant and sleek appearance for your BMW, the MotorFansClub Store lip and splitter combo has practical benefits, as well. For one, at high speeds, it can help improve your car’s downforce, making it much better for sharp turns and improving the overall grip on the road. Additionally, it helps protect your vehicle against scrapes, curbs, and speed bumps.
It is made of top-quality ABS material, and the high craftsmanship ensures maximum durability. This aftermarket upgrade can be installed easily, although the actual instructions aren’t included. It’s recommended these upgrades be installed professionally to avoid damage to the vehicle.
2012-2018 F30 Series Base Bumper Front lip
- Front lip for base bumper non-M-Sport F30
- Strong ABS structure makes it durable and flexible
- Gloss black finish matches well with every color
If you own a BMW 3 Series with the original factory bumper, years 2013-2018, the NINTE front lip is a perfect fit for your vehicle. Unlike many aftermarket front lip add-ons, this upgrade doesn’t come with a splitter and will fit the original vehicle build like a glove.
The NINTE front lip has a gloss black finish, which works perfectly as an addition to the original BMW front bumper.
This front lip model doesn’t involve any screws – it’s bolt-on installed. If you have solid experience with applying F30 aftermarket upgrades, you might be able to install this feature, but keep in mind that the instructions aren’t included here. To be safe, we recommend visiting a professional to have this upgrade installed for you.
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The front lips and splitters listed above are compatible with the 2012-2018 BMW 3 Series Sedan (F30). This includes both M-Sport and non-M-Sport models. To ensure that you’re getting the right product for your vehicle, check your BMW’s specifications and external apparance.
Front lips made for the M-Sport bumper won’t fit the Base bumper models and vice versa. Make sure to have that in mind.
Front Lip and Splitter Install
Whether we’re talking about a front lip and splitter combo, or just a front lip upgrade, we recommend visiting a professional to have these aftermarket features installed. If you have a friend or acquaintance with F30 aftermarket installation experience, it might be a good idea to have them there with you to help. A botched installation can damage your car’s finish by scratching it, chipping it, or worse. Bottom line: paying for professional installation is a much better option than struggling with finish issues.
However, if you do have some BMW F30 aftermarket installation experience, you can probably do the job at home. Bear in mind that using car ramps will make your job much easier. And though we’re talking about bolt-on installation here, front lip kits will include some screws.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the purpose of a front lip splitter?
Primarily, the front lip and splitter are there to boost your vehicle’s aesthetics by evoking an aggressive feel while retaining the vehicle’s sleek design and class. However, at high speeds, these upgrades have been known to increase a vehicle’s downforce and aerodynamics. But the bottom line is we’re talking primarily about a sporty upgrade. If all you’re looking for increased performance, you may not be satisfied.
2. Would these F30 front splitters provide any increased performance?
At low and regular speeds, there won’t be any discernable increase in performance due to installing these upgrades. If you intend to drive your car at regular speeds, these upgrades are purely aesthetic. However, at higher speeds and sharper turns, you may notice a performance boost. The front lip splitter may increase the downforce that helps keep the vehicle’s tires in better contact with the road. But still, with this in mind, don’t expect dramatic upgrades in performance.
3. What are front splitters made from?
The four splitter products from this list are made out of top-grade ABS material, with a carbon fiber wrap on some models. Either way, if you want to color-match them with your car’s finish, expect to have to perform some sanding and refinishing – not something you’re likely to be able to do on your own.
4. Will these fit non-F30 models?
Some of the listed items might match some non-F30 BMW models, such as F-35, for example. However, it’s vital that you keep track of their compatibility and make sure that they’re a fit with your car before purchasing. Even more importantly, avoid installing non-compatible front lips because there’s a risk of damaging your vehicle.
5. Why go to the professional?
If you are careful, experienced, and happy about performing your own aftermarket upgrades, you might be able to install these on your own. However, expect that you’ll probably have to use a ramp and that there is always a scratch/chip risk. To be perfectly safe, take your car to a professional and have them install the front splitter for you; you don’t want your favorite vehicle to suffer permanent damage, even if we’re talking about scratches and small dents.
All mentioned aftermarket front lip upgrades are brilliant choices, provided they’re designed to fit your BMW. Choose the perfect one for you based on the appearance and what you need (the NINTE one, for instance, doesn’t include a splitter, just the front lip).
In any case, we’re confident that our list will help you find a perfect match for your BMW F30.