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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 J BONE on 05-31-2008, 07:00 PM
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Thanks Picus! Just installed today. Not to hard. Felt like I was going to snap the bumper a couple of times. Hands are too big!!
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By xupi on 06-14-2008, 02:39 PM
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Hi,

I've bought a matte black grille for my E92 and I tried to mount it, but unclip it's very difficult!!!!

any advice to install it???
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By Nucking Futs! on 06-19-2008, 09:48 PM
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Thanks Picus! Following your instructions, it took me less than 5-7 mins total.
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By JonglÝren on 08-01-2008, 03:21 AM
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Great DIY... it took me 15 minutes to do the job... and it looks awsome

/Sand
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By kuvesh on 10-01-2008, 04:34 AM
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ummm I jus wasted money on a torx 20 driver and its too small to unscrew it. And my toolkit doesnt have anything that unscrews the starshaped torx, only flathead and philips. So which size do i need to get!?!?!? .... sigh
just did the diy on my e92 - torx 30 is the correct size.
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By diao on 10-05-2008, 11:41 PM
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question here, do you guys push down on the clips or pull the clip upwards towards you while you pull the grill out?
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By raceyBMW on 10-06-2008, 01:24 PM
There is a little tab in the middle of each clip that you push down on at the same time as you are pulling the grill out toward the front of the car.
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By One-Way on 10-12-2008, 03:17 PM
I tried last night and today, I still can't do it. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, but I just can't do it. I can get behind to where the clips are and I can push down, but I can't pull out the clip.

Once I push the clip down, it doesn't come out. When I try to do another one, the first one clicks back into place. I have no idea how you guys are doing it. Maybe I'm just stupid.
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By boynbeagle7 on 10-28-2008, 11:43 PM
I had difficulty putting the 4 torx screws back into the bumper cover. The bottom clip wouldn't thread the screw. Only got 2 in back on my own.
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By cn555ic on 11-02-2008, 06:08 PM
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I tried last night and today, I still can't do it. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, but I just can't do it. I can get behind to where the clips are and I can push down, but I can't pull out the clip.

Once I push the clip down, it doesn't come out. When I try to do another one, the first one clicks back into place. I have no idea how you guys are doing it. Maybe I'm just stupid.
WHile you unclip the clips, you have to place your hands in the kidney slats and gently pull forward with pressure while unclipping the rest of the clips...each one unclip and having the grill pulling outwards
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By gemini330zhp on 11-11-2008, 02:03 PM
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Damn that clip near the headlight is a pain how did you guys get that one out??
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By raceyBMW on 11-11-2008, 08:21 PM
I used a skinny long flathead screwdriver to get in there, otherwise, find someone with small hands.
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By gemini330zhp on 11-12-2008, 11:31 AM
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Thanks Picus! Following your instructions, it took me less than 5-7 mins total.
You must have tiny hands!!!!!
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By gemini330zhp on 11-12-2008, 11:31 AM
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I used a skinny long flathead screwdriver to get in there, otherwise, find someone with small hands.

Ill try the long flat screw driver
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By gemini330zhp on 11-14-2008, 02:49 AM
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Ok Finally took time off to settle down and relax. Now the task at hand is to remove my grilles and put on my Matte Black Grilles from Bimmer Performance store and it took only 10 mins!!!!! What I thought was easy is to unclip the bottom clips first then use a little screw driver to get that difficult clip near the headlight. Then everything else came off easy. Repeated again on the other one and bam all off. Presto my new Matte Black Grilles are on woohoo!!!! Will post pics soon.. Thanks for the help everyone!!!
Last edited by gemini330zhp; 11-14-2008 at 03:13 PM.
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By Spydeputy on 11-14-2008, 06:55 AM
w/ the paint color, it's the bomb. way to go.
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By iheartsole on 11-19-2008, 12:13 AM
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how do you remove the hex nuts? haha hella hard tried using a flat head but its making me scratch my car.
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By iheartsole on 11-19-2008, 01:22 AM
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damn i lightly scratched my car while taking out the chrome part!!!!!!!!!! this is hella hard i cant even fit my fingers/hand in there used a knife to try to make it fit through the slot but hit my paint now theres this dot. i think i will just get that torx wrench prob the easiest way.
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By darkphantom on 11-23-2008, 11:15 PM
I think a good idea would be to mention to push the tab in and then pull out I'll make a pic of it soon
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By Bimmer /E93 on 12-28-2008, 01:39 AM
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Talking

I have a Platinum Bronze Metallic E93; do you know how the black kidney looks on it?
I took out the kidneys and in the process of powder coating them... Will post pix once done
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By C.D.335xi on 12-28-2008, 10:14 AM
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Just wanted to thank Picus for putting this DIY together. Was really helpful when I replaced my grilles last night - job took about 15 minutes from start to finish.
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By Bimmer /E93 on 12-28-2008, 11:24 PM
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Took out the Grilles in less than 10 minutes, Big Thanks for the DIY.
Spent all day sanding the chromed grilles and painting in Mat black, after applying a primer.
Result is good. leaving the grilles for a full 2 days to dry.
Worried about scratches later on
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