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      04-02-2006, 07:02 PM   #1
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DIY Chrome Kidney Grille

This is about a 10 minute job done right from the front of the car (as long as your fingers aren't too fat). Three clips on top; one on each side; two on the bottom. Not sure if the pix do it justice, but it looks great. Now I'm a 330xiT imposter.

First pic is old black grille; second is one grille black, one grille chrome; third is part number; fourth both chrome grilles installed. $26.77/ea grille at Circle. not a bad improvement for the money...
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      04-02-2006, 07:06 PM   #2
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well done. looks nice.
I blacked out my chrome grilles....
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      04-02-2006, 08:18 PM   #3
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how much does it cost for oem chrome grills?
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      04-02-2006, 08:29 PM   #4
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      04-02-2006, 08:35 PM   #5
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yup ssorry not reading enough hehehe
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      04-02-2006, 08:39 PM   #6
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Apparently I'm a moron because I can't, for the life of me, get my grills out. I've used the DIY on here and it still doesn't work for me. I'm afraid if I pull too hard I will break them.
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There are 9 tabs. It's best to get the chrome ones and look at them so you see the location of the tabs and which direction you have to press them to get them to release. You don't need to much pressure - just medium/firm pressure. Work your way around from outside top tab pulling the unit out a few mm as you go so the previous tab does not click back in.
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Looks great. That will be one of my first mods when I get my car.
Yup. Me too! Order the grill, exhaust tips, aluminum pedals, and chrome door trim from circle.

Too bad the 330i SP wheels are so expensive.
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      04-03-2006, 12:21 AM   #9
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chrome trim

hey how much did it cost you for chrome door trim? thanks for the info
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There are 9 tabs. It's best to get the chrome ones and look at them so you see the location of the tabs and which direction you have to press them to get them to release. You don't need to much pressure - just medium/firm pressure. Work your way around from outside top tab pulling the unit out a few mm as you go so the previous tab does not click back in.
How did you get the bottom ones to unlatch? There's no way to put pressure on them to loosen.

I ask because Ihave the chrome grilles coming today and will attempt this, on Sunday.
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How did you get the bottom ones to unlatch? There's no way to put pressure on them to loosen.

I ask because Ihave the chrome grilles coming today and will attempt this, on Sunday.
Answering my own post, replacing the grilles was easier than putting on the chrome exhaust tips. I initally tried to press in certain spots to get the thing to come out but it didn't work, so I used the other method listed here. I grabbed 3 slats, with each hand and initially pulled lightly, then gave it a bit of a yank and the grille popped right out. Same with the other side.

I then popped the new ones in and was done in almost seconds. They look GREAT. I like them so much better than the plain black ones that came with the 325.

This is a nice, cheap upgrade(I only paid $25.20 each from Circle BMW. Good stuff.

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how do you remove the grille?
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where can i buy the chrome grills for my my 330i 2006
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lol its unusual to see people wanting chrome grills and window trim
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