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zzzbullseye
01-17-2010
I thought I'd post a few pix of the reflector swap I did yesterday. This is a fairly simple DIY, which took me around an hour to do. A few flat blade screwdrivers and a hairdryer were the only tools used. I've read that other forum members have alternately used Goo Gone (or other similar...
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By Mywifes335 on 11-21-2010, 10:23 PM
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Some pics of the reflector painting process

Hahaha, yup, hindsight 20/20, putting in a new set of reflectors probably would've yielded a cleaner look. However, the time invested probably would've been the same. A buddy of mine bought these stickers for his M roadster.

Attached are pics of the final product and the new M-technic rear bumper and lip spoiler.

Enjoy!
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By rogerdiaz on 03-12-2011, 01:49 PM
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thanks

Thanks for the DIY. I used some painters tape for the bumper edge along the reflector. Very fragile paint in that area.

Great product from E92-Lighting.
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By nate82 on 05-14-2011, 07:02 PM
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Thanlks for help. Very easy. Taking the wheel of is huge. I did the reflectors and fogs at the same time. Thanks again!
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By zzzbullseye on 05-14-2011, 07:11 PM
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Thanlks for help. Very easy. Taking the wheel of is huge. I did the reflectors and fogs at the same time. Thanks again!
No problem, glad to help!
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By R12ax7 on 10-11-2011, 08:53 AM
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Ok I am having trouble right off the bat here, specifically in prying the wheel liner back. Maybe I am being too gentle not wanting to dimple/crease the outer side.

There is a small hex underneath the front fender (see picture below) - would removing this (or additional screws around the liner) make it easier to loosen and pry out? For the record I am not planning to remove my wheel.
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By zzzbullseye on 10-11-2011, 10:13 AM
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Ok I am having trouble right off the bat here, specifically in prying the wheel liner back. Maybe I am being too gentle not wanting to dimple/crease the outer side.

There is a small hex underneath the front fender (see picture below) - would removing this (or additional screws around the liner) make it easier to loosen and pry out? For the record I am not planning to remove my wheel.
Hmmm, it's a little hard to figure out the perspective on the photo you attached, is it taken from underneath the front bumper? Regardless, I don't have hex screws in the fender well or directly in front of the wheel under the front bumper - this may be a difference between model years. It probably won't hurt to take them out and see if it helps. Loosening the three screws I have depicted in the photos in the DIY should free up the liner to allow access.

Check this link to another DIY I did for a fog light bulb swap, it contains a few more pix that may help.
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By MassBimmer on 10-11-2011, 10:20 AM
I would advise unscrewing all screws underneath and inside the wheel well and don't be shy about prying away the wheel well liner to get at the reflector. I had the same trouble
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By R12ax7 on 10-11-2011, 11:06 AM
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Hmmm, it's a little hard to figure out the perspective on the photo you attached, is it taken from underneath the front bumper? Regardless, I don't have hex screws in the fender well or directly in front of the wheel under the front bumper - this may be a difference between model years. It probably won't hurt to take them out and see if it helps. Loosening the three screws I have depicted in the photos in the DIY should free up the liner to allow access.

Check this link to another DIY I did for a fog light bulb swap, it contains a few more pix that may help.
Thanks! The perspective is from under the bumper, so that hex is oriented vertically. I dont actually have your "Screw #1" but I did have an additional 8mm next to that hex pictured (you can see the empty hole).

I am going to see if i can get rid of the hex and see if that loosens things up.
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By R12ax7 on 10-11-2011, 01:26 PM
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Appreciate everyone's thoughts. It looks like the e90 LCI Msport bumper must be a bit different mounting configuration than the non-Msport (and it doesnt help that the 'ol blacklins DIY is about the extent of my car disassembling experience).

The hex screw (circled in red below) seems to be an odd size that I didnt have on hand. I did however remove the second 8mm screw (circled in green) which gave the liner enough play to access the reflector. There is another 8mm screw just past the second one that I plan to remove when I get home tonight that I think will make it that much easier. I am also going to see if I can find the right hex for that last part.

To recap, looks like e90 LCI M-sports have: 2X 8mm screws in wheel well (Screw #2 and #3 from zzzbullseye's original pictures); 3X 8mm screws on the bottom edge of the bumper; and 1X mystery size hex screw.

I will update to confirm this works and to report the proper hex size.
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By E92-Lighting on 10-11-2011, 02:41 PM
great writeup
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By zzzbullseye on 10-12-2011, 07:00 AM
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great writeup
Thanks!
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By itrocks4u on 06-09-2012, 08:55 PM
Can anyone help... I did it exactly as is the case here, however my fender doesn't sit properly as it did before replacing the reflectors. Now even after putting the three screws back, the fender (near the stop side of the reflectors) looks pretty much like the third picture above:

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/220...1001161614.jpg
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