BMW F30 side skirt extensions are is an excellent aftermarket upgrade for 3 Series F30 owners with the M-Sport package, and can take the sporty looks of the car to the next level.
While this is mostly an aesthetic upgrade that will make your car look more modern and sleek, side skirts have been known to improve a vehicle’s downforce capabilities as well.
In this entry, we’re going to outline three fantastic side skirt extensions for your BMW F30, give a brief installation guide and discuss compatibility.
Side Skirt Extensions for F30 3 Series
Below, we’ll cover three of our favorite side skirt extensions for the BMW F30 and explain a bit about each one of them.
1. 2012-2018 BMW F30 F31 3-Series M-Sport Side Skirt Extension
- M-Performance style extended carbon fiber side skirts
- Installation hardware included
- Drilling holes come pre-drilled for easier install
- Glossy carbon fiber finish
This kit of F30 Side Skirt Extensions is an awesome addition for your BMW if you want to complement other exterior carbon fiber accessories
Not overly noticeable, these M-Sport Side Skirt extensions will give the side of the car a subtle enhanced look to highlight the sports car nature of the 3 Series.
Drilling is not required for this product, and the installation instructions and installation tools are included inside the package. You can try installing these on your own, but professional installation is recommended.
2. BMW F30/F31 3 Series Side Skirt Set
- Includes two full side skirts for a direct replacement
- Resembles F80 M3 style side skirts
- High-quality polypropylene material for increased durability
- Fits M-Sport and non-M-Sport F30’s
These side skirts are a direct replacement for the factory side skirts of the F30. To bolt these on, you’ll need to remove the factory side skirts. An excellent upgrade for users looking for upgraded side skirts
As long as your F30 is a 2012-2018 3 Series Sedan, these side skirts are going to fit it perfectly. They are also reinforced from the original design, which makes them even more special.
Inside the package, you only get the left and right skirts. No assembly tools are included. However, these skirts don’t require anything other than the factory hardware for installation. A BMW enthusiast might be able to tackle the installation themselves, but it’s recommended that a professional be contracted to perform the installation of the side skirts.
3. M3 Style Side Skirts for F30 3 Series
- Available in grey and black
- Made of durable polypropylene
- Installation screws are included
- Drilling is required for installation
These side skirts only come in two colors: gray and black. But nonetheless, they both look brilliant on F30 BMWs, so the choice boils down to your color preference.
The downside of the Advan-Emotion side skirts is that they weigh significantly more than the other two mentioned models. Well, it may be a downside for some. Others look to improve their vehicle’s grip by introducing some extra weight. This, along with the increased downforce at high speeds, can help a BMW F30 handle rough turns much better.
These M3 style side skirts do wonders for the body lines of the already gorgeous BMW F30. Rest assured, the M3 Style Side Skirts Extension Plates will transform a stock BMW into something you won’t often see out on the road.
If you’re looking to give your F30 an M-Sport transformation, these side skirts would complete an M-Sport upgrade along with the M-Sport front bumper.
4. Carbon Fiber Side Skirts Extensions for M-Sport F30
- Vacuum-molded carbon fiber shell
- Glossy carbon fiber finish
- Fits a wide range of BMW models, including the 4 Series
- Available in four distinct styles
Most mature readers probably remember those old calendars of Schumacher next to a BMW, with that distinctive M3 badge on it. It’s genuinely one of the most iconic models, with a strong racing pedigree and a fan favorite that many car enthusiasts dreamed of owning when they were younger.
The Advan-Emotion side skirts are made of high-grade carbon fiber, which is resilient, lightweight, and effective at giving your car a sporty look.
F30/F31 3 Series Side Skirt Extension Installation Tips:
Drilling may be required
Professional installation isn’t necessary for any of the skirt extensions. However, only the EOS M Performance comes with an instruction manual and a set of easy-to-use tools. You may have to do a bit of drilling, but they also feature a bolt-on installation option.
Other products may require drilling. This is not a complex process, but you’ll want to be extra careful not to make a mistake and leave a permanent mark on your car.
Use jack stands or a ramp to lift the front of the vehicle
Additionally, we suggest using a jack to lift the car for easier installation. You don’t have to do it, but you get better access to the installation area with a lifted side.
Either way, if you aren’t certain that you can perform the installation, leave the work to a professional, just to be on the safe side.
Compatibility & Fitment
- 2012-2018 BMW 3 Series Sedan (F30) with M-Sport package
- 2012-2018 BMW 3 Series Wagon (F31) with M-Sport package
The side skirts listed above are compatible with the BMW F30 2012-2018 3 Series Sedans and Wagons. Some can also fit F80 and F31 BMWs. Check out the product details in our review above and make sure to confirm compatibility when ordering online.
You should also note that these aftermarket upgrade options are only compatible with M-Sport F30 models.
Thanks to their design, the side skirts may slightly improve your car’s grip by increasing its downforce at high speeds. However, these are primarily visual upgrades, and all three do wonders for your vehicle’s aesthetics.
While they might seem flashy at first glance, nothing makes the bodywork of your car stand out more than some slick side skirt extensions. If you’re a fellow F30 owner and are looking to really make your car stand out, you’ll want to buy some of these.
You don’t have to go with professional installation here, but you shouldn’t completely rule it out either. It’s better to be on the safe side than end up damaging your car.