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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 Cloud9blue on 03-01-2009, 01:40 PM
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some of your guys really got talent, it took me 15 mins to get both of the grilles out, and the process of it was frustrating as hell.
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By selmar on 07-06-2009, 09:11 PM
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Thanks for the instructions Kevin. Super easy job to do. Did mine in 5 minutes.
I found that if you start with the bottom clips, then the side one and then finish with the top ones then it's really easy.

Looks great too.
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By D_o_S on 07-21-2009, 10:35 AM
Indeed, start with the bottom, and I think you can even get away with not removing the top screws... what I did was just pass my hand through the grill and pull at the bottom tabs, then repeated the same the whole way around...
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By pan777 on 08-08-2009, 10:11 AM
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carbon fiber grills

I put on some carbon fiber grills today. I put carbon fiber spoiler on last week, Hamann type. Looks great, I will post pictures as soon as I can. You guys may want to look at this set up. The way to go is just to remove the four screws holding the bumper in place, just like tutorial. Very easy, ten minutes.
Last edited by pan777; 08-08-2009 at 10:14 AM. Reason: left out message
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By Fazz86 on 08-20-2009, 04:02 PM
Ive been pushing and pushing full force and cant get a thing to budge. I have the m3 so there a little different. Anyone with any experience installing them. Youre suppose to push on the silver clips correct?
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By Nawaaz on 08-26-2009, 08:30 AM
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Thanks a bunch picus!

I'm much more confident to do the install once my grills arrive.
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By stevespools on 08-30-2009, 05:39 PM
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thanks picus! took 5 minutes! I used a screwdriver to pop the clips out.
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By E92-Lighting on 09-12-2009, 11:29 AM
very good writeup
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By Chopstick217 on 12-25-2009, 04:51 PM
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Just finished installing my black grills this morning, will post pics soon
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By icyunv on 12-25-2009, 08:10 PM
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great DIY, very easy to follow.
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By sakis on 12-26-2009, 05:52 AM
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This DIY works fine with E90 LCI also. Ive just changed BMW Performance kidneys to my car in 5 minutes. Cheers!
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By AndreM818 on 12-28-2009, 03:32 AM
Hey thanks for the DIY guide. You dont understand how many HOURS I spent looking at my car trying to figure out how to take it apart. Much different coming from a Mercedes. Anywyas, if any of you guys want blackout grills carbon fiber grills and anything else carbon fiber here is the place to buy it from:

http://www.autotecknic.com/
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By jaeck on 01-21-2010, 11:28 PM
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I just did mine and don't think it was an easy job. I almost broke it!

Those of you who haven't succeeded, you guys must be more aggressive to pull/push the clips. While doing so, don't forget your other hand should pull the whole grill strongly.

BTW, I used a screwdriver to push clips.
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By gubby on 04-13-2010, 07:28 PM
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Took me no more than 5 minutes - thanks to all the great advice here. I started with the clip that is adjacent to the headlights, then worked the two on the bottom out. After that, with the 4 bumper screws removed the top 2 clips were a cinch to get out. Popped in the new ones and re-inserted the 4 screws and all done. It's too dark to get a good picture but I will try on the weekend in better light and post.

I was really surprised to see that the clips on grilles didn't clip into anything. I was expecting a plastic bracket or something to have to push the clips into. They simply clip over the edge of the plastic that warps around the grilles.
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By thebmw on 05-02-2010, 03:19 PM
I want to thank the OP for the detailed DIY explanation. I was able to do it and the clip closest to the headlight is the hardest due to the narrow gap the clip has to go through. Definitely looks better than the OEM grills, especially on the E92 MSport Pkg.
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By nuespeedgti on 06-02-2010, 03:46 PM
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spot on diy, the tip about the outside clip was right on as well.
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By xtac on 06-10-2010, 10:44 AM
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Hands hurt

Freaking hands hurt pressing down on those release tabs, and just fyi if your totally clueless like me the release tabs are on the main black connectors not the silver connectors, for someone who knows nothing you could save time like i didn't.
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By galin on 06-18-2010, 11:19 PM
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Took only 5 min to complete the job, and the new black glossy grills look fantastic on my LCI E90. Thx for the awesome DIY guide!
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By srulovjs on 07-13-2010, 10:02 PM
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need a little help

First, thanks for putting together this great tutorial. Second, I just tried to follow the steps and got hung up with the force required to depress the clips to remove the grill. Man! I felt like I was going to crack it, and it still wouldn't budge! What could I be doing wrong? Any advice?
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By acj75 on 07-25-2010, 04:26 PM
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Great DIY

This DIY was perfect for me. I had success pushing out the bottom fasteners first, then the side next to the headlights, then the top. You have to give it some force, but overall an easy mod. Here's a shot of my car afterwards..

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By Bimmermaniac on 07-28-2010, 03:46 PM
Wanted to clarify the necessary hardware for this DIY for LCI E92. The four screws are removed using a T30 Torx, not a 5/32 hex. Just installed the gloss black grills, will post pics when I get around to it. It looks sick!
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By mr.kobayashi on 08-31-2010, 02:03 PM
Quite a simple mod, 15 minutes max. The top hooks actually caused me the most trouble- Plus making sure I screwed the front back up even on both sides with the hood.

Looks good against platinum bronze too/ Cheers for the write-up
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