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DIY: Chrome Tailpipe Installation
Published by nexus66
07-10-2005
DIY: Chrome Tailpipe Installation

These instructions are for a 6 cylinder exhaust, but the other exhaust types probably fit in exactly the same way!

This is a really easy DIY, the only tool you need is a flat head screwdriver, a clean cloth and about 5 minutes!!

The important thing to notice here is that the tailpipes have a slash cut to match the slash cut on the tailpipes of the exhaust. This can be seen on one of the photos below.

Push the first tailpipe onto one of the exhaust tailpipes until it won't go any further. Then rotate the tailpipe until the inside lip matches all the way round. On mine, this resulted in the small grub screw sitting at about the 5 o'clock position. You'll know it's in the correct position if you look inside the inner lip - your actual exhaust tailpipe will sit tightly against the lip.

Repeat for the other tailpipe.

Now tighten both grub screws all the way in.

Give the tailpipes a rub with the cloth to remove all your grubby fingerprints and stand back and admire the view!!
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  #1  
By coco on 07-10-2005, 09:02 AM
Sweet thanks again nexus! What an easy install for something that makes so much difference in looks.
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By RedStripe on 07-10-2005, 08:41 PM
Great write up and pictures! Does the screw actually catch on anything? Is there a pre-drilled whole for it to go into? or does it bite into the exhaust pipe?
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By nexus66 on 07-11-2005, 03:29 AM
Redstripe,

The screw just pushes against the exhaust tailpipe and kinda wedges everything in place. It feels nice and tight, so there shouldn't be any problems!!
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By rojasorone on 07-13-2005, 01:08 PM
Dude where did you get those tail pipes.?..Are they the standart one sold at BMW? Yours are sweet, the ones sold at the dealers are just tips...please let me know where you found then...thanks Oscar
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By nexus66 on 07-13-2005, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by rojasorone
Dude where did you get those tail pipes.?..Are they the standart one sold at BMW? Yours are sweet, the ones sold at the dealers are just tips...please let me know where you found then...thanks Oscar
Oscar,

They are just the chrome tail pipe tips from the dealer!!

I know the 320 petrol and diesel only have 1 tailpipe, these are the tail pipes for the 6 cylinder versions....
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By rojasorone on 07-13-2005, 03:19 PM
Man those are nice...I wish we could get them here in California ...Anyone knows how?
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By coco on 07-13-2005, 03:20 PM
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Man those are nice...I wish we could get them here in California ...Anyone knows how?
Huh? You can. Members here have been able to buy them from Circle BMW (in NJ) for a very good price. Just go on their website - www.circlebmw.com and have them shipped to you. You can also try Pacific BMW (in Cali).
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By BellasBmw on 07-13-2005, 03:23 PM
I got mine from Circle bmw for $24 each, and they shipped it out to me in Ca for $7.. Nice deal
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By rojasorone on 07-13-2005, 06:36 PM
So correct me if I'm wrong BellasBMW...the one that you bought is just one piece correct, just like the one in the picture above. I say this, because I bought tail pipes before for an X3 and they were tips only...harsh ...
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By BellasBmw on 07-14-2005, 01:22 AM
I believe these are also tips. In the description it says chrome exhaust tips.. So it just sticks out a bit to give it a "dressy" look. Its not actual an actual exhaust.. Just a covering or something..
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By Jason on 07-14-2005, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by rojasorone
So correct me if I'm wrong BellasBMW...the one that you bought is just one piece correct, just like the one in the picture above. I say this, because I bought tail pipes before for an X3 and they were tips only...harsh ...
The tips in nexus's post are just tips, so is what BellasBMW bought.
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By UncleWede on 07-14-2005, 09:16 AM
How long between ordering and delivery to Cali? I just palced my order at Circle.
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By cosmosblau on 07-14-2005, 11:16 AM
I ordered from Circle a week ago today, and they still haven't shipped mine. They did tell me that shipping will be $8.60 via UPS to Los Angeles.

At this point, I wish I paid retail from the dealership.
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By BellasBmw on 07-14-2005, 12:37 PM
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How long between ordering and delivery to Cali? I just palced my order at Circle.
I have to admit, it has taken a while to get my tips in. I bought last week and they just shipped out monday, so i should be getting them hopefully friday or monday...
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By UncleWede on 07-14-2005, 01:23 PM
Did you get an email with the shipment notification/tracking?
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By BellasBmw on 07-14-2005, 02:01 PM
yes i did... Finally.. lol
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By bzzbenz on 07-25-2005, 09:12 PM
Here is a pic with my tips installed... I got them on ebay for $39.99
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By bzzbenz on 07-25-2005, 09:16 PM
Another angle...
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By cosmosblau on 07-26-2005, 01:20 AM
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How long between ordering and delivery to Cali? I just palced my order at Circle.
Mine are on my car now, and look great. They took 18 days from the day I ordered to get to Los Angeles from Circle BMW.
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By UncleWede on 07-26-2005, 08:40 AM
Mine are due in this Thursday, according to UPS transit.
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By camiloE90 on 07-26-2005, 01:49 PM
I installed mine yesterday and they look great!...But I had a concern about the thieves in this world. They are easy to steal. All they have to do is unscrew the screw and pull off. So I went to Home Depot and bought the same screws but with hex heads so at least a regular screw driver cant take them off. Just an idea for security
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