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longtran
12-11-2006
big thanks to cantcope for letting me use his car for this diy....:rock:



here are the tools used for this diy.

hair dryer, box cutter, and a pry tool of some sort. ( flathead screw driver should be fine)

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By speedytobey on 06-13-2007, 02:43 AM
Just did mine last week, thx Long
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By jwbender on 06-21-2007, 09:31 PM
What a difference it makes. MAKE SURE YOU HEAT UP THE TAPE WITH A BLOWDRYER 1ST OR YOU COULD SCORE THE FENDER! I saw the screwdriver and blade trying to get through my fender and making meat out of it. So I stopped and heated some more. Thanks long!
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By flush01 on 06-22-2007, 10:34 PM
f@ck, i dont wanna buy a BLOWDRYER just for this... i guess i can return it after
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By missingpiggy on 07-02-2007, 05:57 PM
TIP: I used my compact to see if all the surface was clean from tape. Borrow your girlfriend/wife...or yours...
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By OC 335i on 07-15-2007, 08:29 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by missingpiggy View Post
TIP: I used my compact to see if all the surface was clean from tape. Borrow your girlfriend/wife...or yours...
Can I borrow yours?
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By ducati955 on 07-16-2007, 03:33 PM
did mine came out great! i did not use any screwdriver at all, heat it up for like 10 min and peel it all off! screwdriver is scary, looks like it will go through the car!

thanx long, color and quality are perfect, thats all that matters!
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By OC 335i on 07-17-2007, 09:58 PM
I too used GooGone. I used a very thin screwdriver to initially pry it apart at a bit and it came off with a little bit of nudging. I pulled it from the bottom first, I did not have to use a heat gun at all.
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By YBLegalE92 on 12-01-2007, 05:41 PM
great write up i'll be painting away !! thanks
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By tintivilus on 12-03-2007, 12:51 AM
I used "oops" adhesive remover as recommended in another thread; no other tools were required. I'm not even 100% convinced that the remover was required, but I'm not taking them off again

1) squirt Oops around the reflector, front & back
2) push reflector into the wheel well, starting at the front top or bottom corner
3) work around the perimeter of the reflector pushing free from fender
4) "roll" off remaining adhesive with a finger (like Picus said)

Be careful on the rearward edge of the reflector -- there's not much plastic holding that fender edge on!
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By gtrokin330 on 04-03-2008, 11:01 AM
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man i just tried doing this with blow dryer and a flat head and i couldnt get it off. The fender is so weak and i could see the head poking at the plastic. I gave up.
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By gtrokin330 on 04-03-2008, 01:30 PM
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i bought some googone and it helped out soooooo much.
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By aznshrek88 on 04-03-2008, 03:25 PM
If it doesn't come out easily, just keep heating it; it will come off, I didn't use goo-gone and it took me i dunno 20 minutes a side? Most of it was heating it up =D
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By waldrondigital on 03-22-2009, 04:15 PM
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Lightbulb

After reading this article I just completed the removal myself in about 30 minutes.. I'd like to add that in lieu of using a screwdriver and/or exacto/blade, I simply used a only a grocery store club card and hair dryer to remove the reflectors. Make sure your card is disposable, as you will most certainly destroy it during this project. My club card wasn't very think and I think it's pliability worked to my advantage. A stiffer card (such as a standard issue CC) may have been harder to use.

I first heated up the bottom side of the reflector, then carefully worked the "club card" into the adhesive between the marker and the bumper - to the point where it just stayed where I left it as I continued to use the hair dryer.. As the surface got hot enough to break the 3M tape, I very gradually pulled on the large part of the reflector (using the club card for leverage) until I could get my finger in. Then I just kept the heat on the reflector as I worked my way up. Working the club card between the bumper and reflector as you go up is a simple and harmless way to break the seal between the most breakable part of the bumper and the reflector. Just do it slowly as you heat the reflector going up.

As stated here the screwdriver can be very dangerous to use for this removal. I'm a klutz and would have certainly messed up my bumper had I attempted this with sharp tools.

I will note that I purchased my painted reflectors at Turner Motorsport here:
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html...TED-REFLECTORS.

UPDATE: Received my reflectors from Turner. The paint matching sucks. Don't buy here.
Last edited by waldrondigital; 03-28-2009 at 12:25 PM.
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By vgrani1g35 on 05-01-2009, 12:06 PM
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when u put in the new one..do u put in from the front
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By adii on 05-02-2009, 04:22 PM
Used a blow dryer earlier today, took about 10 minutes on each side and then came off easily... if you start taking it off and it seems to not budge anymore, just reheat it again with the blow dryer for a minute and you're back in business. The whole thing took about half an hour to change both.

Also, the tape that remains stuck to the fender comes off very easy by using your finger, so don't worry about having glue stuck without a way to get it off.
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By choicez on 05-04-2009, 09:01 PM
Did the same. Used a blowdryer and a supermarket rewards card. Screwdriver and Goo Gone NOT needed. If it doesn't budge, reheat it and "you're back in business".

Again, the remaining tape stuck to the fender can be removed by rubbing it off with your finger. Please be sure you remove all of the old tape because the new reflector will not sit flush. It's really easy and do NOT use a screwdriver, exacto knife, box cutter or Goo Gone.
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By ohaywood on 05-18-2009, 07:18 PM
Great DIY, thanks.

Now, does anybody know where to get these for cheaper than $65? Seems a little excessive for **********s.
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By CQ7String on 05-31-2009, 08:56 AM
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Found this through a search, just wanted to say thank you for the write-up.
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By ohaywood on 06-01-2009, 09:25 PM
+1 good DIY, installing mine tomorrow.
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By Gixxer335iCoupe on 08-16-2009, 09:42 PM
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I rated the DIY a 2 on the difficulty level because it can be done much easier:

I did mine this afternoon in my garage, with no heat gun/blow dryer, no box cutter, no goo-gone. I have a clear-bra on my hood and bumper and I didn't want those materials near it. I just slid a flat head screwdriver up underneath the plastic flange of the reflector, between it and the fender on the lower end. An easy twist/pry with the driver and a purposeful but ginger push with my thumb from the outside and it popped right out. Then, I simply peeled back the adhesive.

No scratches or risk of injury - no big deal. It took 30 - 60 seconds per side.
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By OC 335i on 08-16-2009, 10:04 PM
Gixxer, on some cars the adhesive is easy to remove the other ones it's quite tough.
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By Gixxer335iCoupe on 08-16-2009, 10:39 PM
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I must have one of those early builds with the bad fuel pumps, waste gate actuators, and reflector adhesive!
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