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      04-07-2008, 01:47 AM   #1
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Exclamation Top part of my grill does not come off......

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I'm trying to install my CF kidney grills.. and the 20 torx screws attached on the top area of the grill does not come off...... I keep spinning the damn thing and the screw remains in place Did anybody have this problem?? Looks like the screws are stuck or something.. help!
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      04-07-2008, 01:52 AM   #2
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it shouldn't be like that..the top part should the most easy take off part!!
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Well.. you know how there's 6x size 20 torx screws when you see from underneath the edge of the hood?? Two out of the six is unscrewed with no problem.. the others.. I keep trying to unscrew it by turning it.. but it freakin remains in place.. dammit.. I got karma from that damn e90cnote.
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      04-07-2008, 02:18 AM   #4
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Only 1 out of the 6 came out for me. I had to take it to my body shop and they had to RIP them off. Needless to say, the top pieces of my stock grille are trashed.

My body shop said that its a big problem, becuase its metal on plastic. Therefore it strips very very easily. One of the reasons you wont see these grilles on the facelifted e90.
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Yeah.. stripped.. I thought so.. damn...... where'd u get it ripped?? Did it cost you to rip it? Anybody get theirs ripped in Cali?? I wanna do it where the techs know what they're actually doing.
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There has to be a way to take these off without ripping the damn thing.. anybody have any ideas?
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well..good luck!!
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do a google search on how to get rid of stripped screws, i guess that might work
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      04-07-2008, 12:18 PM   #9
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I did mine in LA, if you are close to North Hollywood take it to Marcco's body shop, they know how to get it off there. Didn't cost anything, but i tipped the guy who did it.

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maybe using jbweld to glue a chopstick to the screws and pullin it hard would work? just throwin ideas out there
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if you try to push the grill out and unscrew it at the same time you might get lucky. meaning push the grill away from the screw as you are unscrewing it.
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dammit.. I got karma from that damn e90cnote.

I hate this icon because of that guy. Sorry about your troubles, I just saw that name and started to laugh! You know, ebay sells the CF kidney grills for $25. Maybe those are better? I hear they add around 98hp each. Hope you bought two of them. Good luck mJ!!
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I hate this icon because of that guy. Sorry about your troubles, I just saw that name and started to laugh! You know, ebay sells the CF kidney grills for $25. Maybe those are better? I hear they add around 98hp each. Hope you bought two of them. Good luck mJ!!
I sure did lol but I'm getting only 1/2 of the horsepower because I can't install the damn top part..

Thanks for everyone's help!!! I'll probably try 1clean335's idea right now.. if not.. go to North Hollywood and say byebye to my chrome trim lolz
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Bye bye crome trim, there I did it for you haha
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Only 1 out of the 6 came out for me. I had to take it to my body shop and they had to RIP them off. Needless to say, the top pieces of my stock grille are trashed.

My body shop said that its a big problem, becuase its metal on plastic. Therefore it strips very very easily. One of the reasons you wont see these grilles on the facelifted e90.
The same thing happened to mine, when I swapped it out. What you have to do is pull up gently on the chrome and you will see some clips holding the chrome to the black plastic piece. I had to remove the chrome piece from the black plastic piece to remove the screws. Unfortunately, I broke a part of the black plastic that holds the chrome piece together. Oh well, at least I have my Matte Black Grille installed. lol! And if I ever want to swap it back, I'll just buy that piece from BMW.

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^ Spot on
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samething happened to mine too hahaha
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mine did it too..... had to trash the chrome ones to get the screws out.
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Damn...... so I guess this is a common problem. I tried doing what 1clean335i told me to do.. but the damn piece does not even move at all! I guess I'll just head to the bodyshop tomorrow in the afternoon.. hope they're open.
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I was going to go to CF ones but I have the same issue with one of my Matte black ones, but its only 1 screw that I can't remove
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I hate this icon because of that guy. Sorry about your troubles, I just saw that name and started to laugh! You know, ebay sells the CF kidney grills for $25. Maybe those are better? I hear they add around 98hp each. Hope you bought two of them. Good luck mJ!!
CF ones for $25?? Where?
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