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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 David9962000 on 08-21-2009, 10:07 PM
I'm doing mine this weekend. Thanks for all the advises.
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By kennychopra17 on 08-28-2009, 04:09 PM
just did this today...wow, came out better and easier than expected. The double sided tape gets very easy to get off once it gets hot enough. Thanks for the awesome write up!
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By icandie on 09-04-2009, 11:07 AM
Be very careful with the heat i.e. make sure you dont overheat. I used too much heat and learned the hard way that the bumper can become quite pliable, and i ended up with an indentation from the tool I was using to pry the reflector out. Its my own stupidity, but just thought I'd throw this caution out there.

Other than that, it worked fine. Wasnt as quick or easy as some say, but it was my first time attempting this, and I was quite nervous - its so flimsy/delicate in that area!!
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By Ofmalik on 02-02-2010, 07:27 PM
great DIY LT, just put swapped mine out.

I cheated and used a bit of "Motsenbocker's Lift Off 2" adhesive remover
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By E92-Lighting on 02-10-2010, 11:57 AM
the end result is a big difference
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By ililillilillilil on 03-14-2010, 04:35 PM
you don't have to bother replacing the tape.
it still sticks like new. its a lot easier to leave the tape on.
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By EHDEN on 06-10-2010, 12:41 PM
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used a knife & a flathead screw driver to pry it open. found it best to swipe the knife around the outer edge; top & bottom edges. pry the outter fragile area first and then put my force into it after its bent towards the car. took no more than 20 minutes. here's a pic of the finished mod.
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By Fozzy on 08-03-2010, 02:12 PM
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the key is using a credit card/ room key

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Originally Posted by icandie View Post
Be very careful with the heat i.e. make sure you dont overheat. I used too much heat and learned the hard way that the bumper can become quite pliable, and i ended up with an indentation from the tool I was using to pry the reflector out. Its my own stupidity, but just thought I'd throw this caution out there.

Other than that, it worked fine. Wasnt as quick or easy as some say, but it was my first time attempting this, and I was quite nervous - its so flimsy/delicate in that area!!


I completed this mod a few weeks ago very successfully. ~20 minutes. The only tools were a hair dryer (not too high powered), a mirror and most importantly - an old hotel room key (credit card would work, but it's easier without the embossed numbers).

I tried it at first using a screw driver and left a very small dent in the bumper, then switched to the room key which applies lighter and more dispersed pressure while also flexible.

Start at the lower/ front part of the reflector and push the card further and further under the refector as you heat things up, from both the inside and outside. Mine took about 3 minutes of heat (constantly moving the hair dryer) to get the refelector a little loose. Push a little from the outside while prying and sliding the credit card under...works like a charm. Once you get about and inch under the relector it should come off very easily with a little more heat and pressure.
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By Josh2436 on 12-31-2010, 03:50 PM
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Where is the cheapest place to purchase these? Thanks.
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By rogerdiaz on 03-12-2011, 01:58 PM
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thanks

thanks for the DIY. use longer heat, will need less prying. thanks to E92-Lighting for reflectors
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By matrix607 on 03-13-2011, 11:11 PM
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Going to definitely get this done when I get the M-Sport bumper put on!
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By imkenfused on 05-15-2011, 02:20 PM
cant wait to do this as well, thanks for showing the relative ease
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By JBizzle on 06-19-2011, 02:48 PM
I have an 09 E90 - the pics in Longs tutorial do not match the sedan's bumper. Has anyone done this with the sedan?
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By stbradle on 06-21-2011, 10:55 AM
WOW!!!! You have the Frozen Black Conair 1875!!!!
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By cdd5003 on 08-27-2011, 07:43 PM
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I just put my smoked reflectors on today. It was about 100 degrees in SoCal today and I had just come back from driving. It was a piece of cake. I took a club card from a supermarket, used it to get between the reflector and bumper on the inside of the bumper, starting at bottom, once you get in there you can carefully push and pull and get it out. Hardest part is getting the adhesive off your bumper. I bought the smoked reflectors for ~$12 shipped from ECS Tuning, they weren't perfect--a little scratched, one fit better than the other--but for $12 they def work. Excuse the dirty car--not washing it in 100 degrees. I feel like opting for body matched would be better for a black car, but in the shade/dark they look body matched. I went with smoked to still have a bit of reflection.
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By mikefromMA on 09-06-2011, 04:03 PM
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space grey metallic color match

Followed this DIY with great success and wanted to share some trial and error results I successfully achieved finding a non-BMW match to their A52 space gray metallic. The Dupli-Color charcoal gray metallic (BCC0331) is near identical if layers are applied lightly and patiently. Sprayed thin layers maybe 2-3 quick passes x 4 times allowing each layer to dry for approximately 10-15 minutes. Did one layer of thin clear coat and will be posting pictures tomorrow. No more reflectors, perfect color match, and spent $15 (paint $6, clear coat $6, 3M tape $3.
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Last edited by mikefromMA; 09-08-2011 at 02:43 PM.
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  #82  
By Badboy8813 on 09-26-2011, 12:54 PM
thanks for this!
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  #83  
By Saji on 10-20-2011, 03:00 PM
Is it harder to swap the reflector on lowered e92's?
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  #84  
By theriz on 10-26-2011, 12:52 PM
i tried this method and it felt like i was going to snap the fender.

Help!
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By Bee turbo 335 on 10-26-2011, 01:45 PM
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i did this to my 335 and it looks great. very simple, fast and i just pried them off with my hands, no blow dryer
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Last edited by Bee turbo 335; 10-26-2011 at 01:52 PM.
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By MPort13 on 11-17-2011, 11:10 PM
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i did this to my 335 and it looks great. very simple, fast and i just pried them off with my hands, no blow dryer
Seriously, you didn't scratch or bend the bumper by doing so?? I'm planning to do mine when I visit my sister's place for Thanksgiving coz I can't get a hair dryer close to the car in my apartment complex. ARGH!
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By LayloDaProducer on 03-30-2012, 06:25 AM
I'm gonna try "Goo-gone" first like I saw in another forum, but i'll surely try this if I have no success at first...
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