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      07-23-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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Tow hook cover removal, E90 M3 replica bumper

Hi guys,

I recently installed an E90 M3 replica bumper on my car and I'm having trouble removing the tow hook cover to install my Rho-plate license plate holder. I've done a little research and apparently the cover on these bumpers is not designed to pop out when pressure is applied to one side as they do on our stock bumpers.

Instead, it appears you have to actually pry the cover off. I'm a little bit wary about trying this because I don't want to scratch the paint or damage the bumper or tow hook cover.

Can someone whose had experience with this please offer some advice as to how I can get the tow hook cover off the bumper without damaging anything?

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I had to pry it off my bumper. Just take a very thin screwdriver or something plastic and flat and work slowly. Once you get one side popped off, you can pull and jiggle out the rest.
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Try a nylon trim removal tool.
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toothpicks can com in very handy as well. you can use them to prevent scratching the paint with your screwdriver
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toothpicks can com in very handy as well. you can use them to prevent scratching the paint with your screwdriver
Can you elaborate? I'm not having any luck with screwdrivers/painting tape
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I had to pry it off my bumper. Just take a very thin screwdriver or something plastic and flat and work slowly. Once you get one side popped off, you can pull and jiggle out the rest.
^ this....I did the same thing. As with the rest of the M3 rep bumper, fitment is not the same an OEM MTech bumper.
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