FWIW I had this same issue 2 weeks ago. I could not get the cowl piece to come out (the piece where you will install the "V" end of the M3 strut bar.
I gave up finally and brought it into Matt at Camber-Toe who is one of the experts with the E9x cars. I think he had to remove the wipers to get that piece out. He's done many of these and even he said it was a bitch. I'd call an expert for advice.
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