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Jason's Avatar DIY - blackout "shadow" (black) kidney grills
Jason
08-28-2005
Tools/Parts/Supplies:

- Torx-20 screwdriver
- 220 grit sandpaper
- 230 grit sandpaper
- 400 grit sandpaper
- Black paint (any black paint suitable for exterior use - get flat or gloss depending on desired finish)
-...
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By MacAttack on 03-30-2007, 05:13 PM
Great work on the DIY. I always say..."Information is power, only if we share." Well done guys.
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By fizzle on 06-24-2007, 11:08 AM
great DIY. ordered the matte black set from Euro Spec, and the upper bezel was easy. the grill on the other hand is super hard. do i just pull as hard as i can?

edit: pulled the shit out of it and finally popped out. looks good
Last edited by fizzle; 06-24-2007 at 07:01 PM.
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By grw245 on 07-11-2007, 05:44 AM
F**king TITS DIY !
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By CrazyHohol on 07-11-2007, 05:19 PM
where could i get a torx 20 screwdriver i looked on ebay and the didnt have them, do they have them at kragens?
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By GreyGhost on 07-16-2007, 09:41 PM
Thanks... excellent DIY! Done and done!
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By matt.love84 on 09-05-2007, 09:13 PM
night and day difference, just finished it right now on my E90

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By Chesmu on 09-05-2007, 11:54 PM
it is a great diy....

you'll be doing it again and again when the paint chips from road debris.
trust me.
buy a black plastic grille set.
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By matt.love84 on 09-05-2007, 11:57 PM
I probably will end up doing so, but this gave me a good idea of what it'll look like. and it only cost me $5.00 .
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By Chesmu on 09-06-2007, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by matt.love84 View Post
I probably will end up doing so, but this gave me a good idea of what it'll look like. and it only cost me $5.00 .
yeah.. i loved it, too.

this was my first mod...
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By matt.love84 on 09-06-2007, 12:11 AM
how long did it last? at least a week till the ones I ordered off ebay get here?
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By headred on 11-19-2007, 11:01 AM
DIY

Dittos for a great DIY... those that have done this and used glossy black paint, did you paint the actual grill too or just the chrome pieces.

Just in case anyone wants to purchase new upper chrome pieces (on the hood) here are the P/Ns for the e90 51137117241 and 51137117242. They're currently about 10.00 each from Crown.
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By Fzara2000 on 12-02-2007, 05:23 PM
I have 1/2" of a gap on the top of my grill, and i tried for 10+ min. trying to get all the tabs in and flush with the car. Is it just me or are the grills from Jlevi not a perfect fit?

They look good, just hoping they dont pop out on a massive pothole.
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By x26 on 12-30-2007, 05:05 AM
Thumbs up

Excelent DIY...
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By b335i on 01-10-2008, 06:28 PM
Great DIY!!

Quick question:
Have you had any problems with chipping at all? The only reason I ask is I did this on my previous vehicle and there was chipping from rocks, much more than anywhere else on the front of the vehicle.
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By Humtek on 01-13-2008, 07:33 PM
Thanks for the DIY. I have a question also. Does anyone know where I can get the screws for the top part of the kidneys? One fell in the engine bay and I'm not sure where it went. Should BMW parts have this screw? I got a temp replacement at the hardware store, so I know its a M5 80 pitch, but I would like the matching screw with torx head.
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By 3coupe on 01-13-2008, 11:03 PM
hey man nice post.

its nice to see that everyone takes the time to show everyone else in this forum pic by pic how they get their mods done.

again, thanks man!
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  #60  
By MTV on 01-14-2008, 12:44 AM
Wow, huge difference from stock. Much much nicer.
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  #61  
By MTL Bimmer on 01-14-2008, 01:50 AM
im thinking of buying used stock kidney grills and black them out . Thanks for the DIY.
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By shiggy on 01-15-2008, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by CrazyHohol View Post
where could i get a torx 20 screwdriver i looked on ebay and the didnt have them, do they have them at kragens?
i used an allen key that did the trick....
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By aut0sh0cker on 01-21-2008, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by CrazyHohol View Post
where could i get a torx 20 screwdriver i looked on ebay and the didnt have them, do they have them at kragens?
u dont need it!

i used a 5/32 hex wrench and it works just as well
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By pittyinSC on 01-21-2008, 11:51 PM
Is it just me or does the brushed aluminum look, look really good?

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  #65  
By wuufer001 on 03-20-2008, 01:21 PM
did you get the rough surface after just using the flat black paint? i don't know if i should get the clear coat or just leave it like it is.
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