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      11-27-2011, 11:40 PM   #1
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LCI (Chrome Accent) Cup Holders - $12!

I just discovered that you do not need to replace the entire cup holder if you're looking for the new chrome-accent LCI look. The front cover plate simply snaps off and is replaceable with the LCI version, which costs $6 per side. This will obviously take care of the peeling that the front covers are prone to.

Here's a photo of the LCI covers installed:



I had my cupholder removed and disassembled (to fix sticking), which obviously helped with removal of the front plate, but I'm sure that with the right tool (tiny flathead or hook), it can be removed and replaced with the cup holders still in the dash.

The part nos. for the LCI covers are:

Black:
51459229092 - left
51459229096 - right

Beige:
51459229094 - left
51459229098 - right

Cream Beige:
51459229095 - left
51459229099 - right

Grey:
51459229093 - left
51459229097 - right
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      11-27-2011, 11:42 PM   #2
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Also, if someone has a spare left-side (curved) complete cupholder laying around, I could use it as I bent the spring inside mine by accident. Let me know, thanks!
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      12-07-2011, 01:07 AM   #3
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Deff doing this good to know thanks
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      12-07-2011, 01:12 AM   #4
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Awesome! Good find.
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      12-07-2011, 01:38 AM   #5
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im doing this, thanks for posting
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      12-07-2011, 10:47 PM   #6
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Great DIY.
Everyone planning to do this, do yourself a favor and get a pry bar to prevent any scuffs or scratches on the soft plastic.
I just did this and it was very easy.















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I ended up going to the dealer today to pick these up. Luckily they had them in stock and got them for a good $10. Spices the interrior up a bit i must say. Thanks again for this
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      12-08-2011, 10:19 PM   #8
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No problem, enjoy!

Great photos JS, thanks!

In case anyone didn't know, you can replace the radio knobs with the LCI chrome/rubber version as well, though they are a bit more expensive (~$12 each). Chrome/rubber climate knobs unfortunately not available separately.

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      12-11-2011, 12:03 AM   #9
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Really nice job

Looks great
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      12-27-2011, 11:56 PM   #10
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I don't have one of those fancy pry bars so I'm just curious, do you really need to take the two foot wide panel and the entire cup holder out just to pry off the old face? I guess you would have said so but can you not leave the assembly in just pop them off with a screw driver?
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I don't have one of those fancy pry bars so I'm just curious, do you really need to take the two foot wide panel and the entire cup holder out just to pry off the old face? I guess you would have said so but can you not leave the assembly in just pop them off with a screw driver?
You can do it without removing anything but it's difficult. What I suggest is to take a box cutter blade or a small pocket knife and work the blade into the gap between the front plate and actual cupholder, towards one of the ends. If you wedge it in properly and pull back, you'll unclip some of the clips holding the face in. Once you have a complete (right/left) end off, the rest will unclip just by pulling.
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I just did this on both our 3ers (thanks to you) and it's a great improvement. You don't need tools to do it, just pry the cover off gently from the bottom and it pops right off. Beyond easy.
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Yeah. I did mine today with a gentle twist of a screwdriver - which did dent the neighboring plastic behind the face a tiny bit, but it's really not noticeable. Thanks for the thread.
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Where can I buy these? I need a set of beige ones!
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Where can I buy these? I need a set of beige ones!
Local dealership is best bet, shipping will make ordering from a parts dealership (Tischer/Husker) impractical.

Part nos. in the OP.
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Just to make mention that it is best to look up the three colors based upon your model of E9x. My E93 interior is "creambeige" not "beige" thus my part numbers were:

51459229095
51459229099

Easy to do the swap, it took longer to take the pics:
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      01-16-2012, 06:44 PM   #17
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^^

Great photos and thanks for the heads up. I'll update the OP part nos. later today.
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Just installed it today, looks phenomenal!
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Thanks for the info! Replaced mine today and they look great!
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whats the difference between beige and cream beige.
my car is tan and i would like to replace the trim pieces which is peeling.
which would i buy?

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just did this to mine. also replaced rear AC vent surround trim.

Nice and pretty all for $50.
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BMW of Dallas charges $12 a piece on this (Black.) Went ahead and let them rip me off since i was already there, didn't feel like searching around for the parts.
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