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picus's Avatar Replacing e92 grilles
picus
02-12-2007
Hey guys, there is another way more thorough DIY for this that applies to e90s and to some extent e92's right here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3830

I wanted to do one for e92's also...
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By brocken on 02-14-2007, 10:06 AM
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Everything clashes with that damned mesh. I hate it.
One of the benefits of getting the 328...haha
we get the black mesh. I agree that silver mesh looks funny.
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  #23  
By ilshim on 04-11-2007, 03:22 AM
any updates on this project? Trendix?

dont somepeople not like them?
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  #24  
By l4wr3nc3 on 04-11-2007, 03:26 AM
Most people that bought stuff when Steve was running trendix had no problems (atleast i never heard of any), it was when so called Carlos took over that the scamming began.
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  #25  
By Straz M3 on 04-11-2007, 07:35 AM
Does anyone sell grilles like this for the E92??
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  #26  
By oldkingdom on 04-15-2007, 04:17 AM
I've been looking for a black grill vendor since ordering my car back in October with no luck... I think I'm just going to do the painting myself. It's not a terribly expensive set to replace if I screw it up... but should be easy enough.

Though, I have to admit... I can't believe the market isn't flooded with these yet... it's going on a year now... geez.

Come on you wonderful Aftermarket Vendors... we want your take on grills and shadowline trim. Help us out, you wont have a shortage of buyers, I promise.
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By picus on 04-15-2007, 12:56 PM
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any updates on this project? Trendix?

dont somepeople not like them?
As mentioned, I lucked out and dealt with Steve so I got the grilles. Unfortunately the painting job on them is of very poor quality, so I have since sanded and repainted them. The actual job of sanding and repainting is *very* easy.

I finally got the mesh out (had to take off the bumper cover) and painted it matte black too. Total pain in the ass.

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  #28  
By ilshim on 04-15-2007, 03:39 PM
any one know the price of OEM grills cost?
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  #29  
By GreyGhost on 07-16-2007, 03:53 PM
Done and done... thanks Kevin!
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  #30  
By picus on 07-16-2007, 08:47 PM
That's hot. Now get to work on the bottom mesh.
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  #31  
By GreyGhost on 07-16-2007, 09:12 PM
Is there a DIY for that? It looks like a pain in the ass just from my quick analysis.
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  #32  
By picus on 07-17-2007, 07:41 AM
It's a complete pain in the ass; you have to take off the bumper cover, which is held on by 30 screws (literally, 30).
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  #33  
By canucklion on 07-17-2007, 09:02 AM
Picus, this DIY instruction is way better than the one you referred to in your thread. I did the "pull and push" method outlined by the original DIY, yes it worked, BUT in the process I almost ripped the part of the bumper that holds the grilles. Your method is much more gentler and ensures the bumper won't be damaged.
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  #34  
By GreyGhost on 07-17-2007, 10:47 AM
I actually painted it last night using a detailers brush, trim paint, and a good bit of masking tape... it came out pretty good. I will shoot a picture later today if I get a few minutes. Overall it was about 45 minutes for the entire job.
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By C-Dub7 on 07-20-2007, 04:53 PM
wow..this is great. I dont think my 328i is black grill though....
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  #36  
By nico335 on 07-26-2007, 06:09 PM
dude im so pissed off....i cant get the grills to come off i dont know why. i cracked one of the boarders around the slats and i gotta order a new one!!

is there anyone in orange county that can remove my grills? i'll pay you like 10 bucks (yes im that desperate).

i read the other DIY on how to paint the grills black and ran around today buying all the supplies so im eager to paint them now!! even if one is cracked
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  #37  
By nico335 on 07-26-2007, 07:44 PM
bump....help please!!!
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  #38  
By trick50 on 07-27-2007, 01:46 AM
dude it is really easy...remove the 4 hex screws on the top. Get your hand back there and feel for the clips. On the top of the clip is a release tab. push it down and pull the grill out. Then go onto the next one in around in a circle. You might have to go back to the first one by the time you get to the end..Don't be afraid to pull that bumper out to get your hand in there...I would gladly help you out but I am in NYC and the ten bucks ain't worth the flight lol.

Its really easy though..just take your time with it.
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By nico335 on 07-27-2007, 01:56 AM
yup i got it....about 10 minutes after my last post in here i decided to try it again and was able to. i didnt understand earlier how the clips were suppose to come out but i was able to figure it out. i was able to paint them matte black which came out alright i must admit. its ok though, since my new set are coming next week...
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  #40  
By Xpresscripts on 07-28-2007, 01:11 PM
looks so much more aggresive
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  #41  
By fragadellic on 09-08-2007, 11:49 PM
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I actually painted it last night using a detailers brush, trim paint, and a good bit of masking tape... it came out pretty good. I will shoot a picture later today if I get a few minutes. Overall it was about 45 minutes for the entire job.
WOW!!! That takes real balls, seriously, assuming you mean you actually sprayed the mesh while it was on the car! Were you able to get a piece of paper between the mesh and th intercooler and oil cooler (assuming you have one) to protect them from the black paint?
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  #42  
By 89andy on 12-10-2007, 04:28 AM
those hex nut 5/32 is to be unscrewed with the same torx 20 screwdriver that is needed for e90 right? Just to make sure.
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By picus on 12-10-2007, 10:02 AM
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those hex nut 5/32 is to be unscrewed with the same torx 20 screwdriver that is needed for e90 right? Just to make sure.
I think so. The torx in the tool kit works.
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