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      03-24-2012, 12:50 PM   #243
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Thanks for the write up! Just did this on my 135, love the results

I used a right angle tool just like post 228, worked great.
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      03-26-2012, 12:43 AM   #244
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Just installed the oem black grills on my car using the tug/pull method.

Problem is it looked like it did some (minor) damage to the clip holders on the car bumper and when I popped them back in they didn't fit as tightly as the originals.

Is this normal?
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      03-27-2012, 01:43 AM   #245
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Thanks for the instructions, really helpful!
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      03-27-2012, 08:54 AM   #246
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      04-07-2012, 08:52 AM   #247
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Thanks

Just did it on my AW 135...looks great and took about 15min (13 for the first one, 2 for the second!).
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      04-15-2012, 09:36 PM   #248
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Super easy!

This was a real easy mod, 15mins tops!
Thanks for the demo walk thru!
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      04-20-2012, 12:10 PM   #249
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Just installed mine, didn't have a right angle tool, so I just took a flat-head screwdriver and wedged it inbetween the center tab and the surrounding plastic on the two bottom clips, and rotated the screwdriver to lever the tab up. The top 3 clips were cake.

Thanks for the guide!
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      05-09-2012, 06:59 AM   #250
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I just pulled them out, no issues with fitting the new ones in the right position either.
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      05-09-2012, 11:16 PM   #251
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This is just like on my 3 series LCI, grabbed ahold of the grill with even pressure and pulled outward and viola!
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      05-18-2012, 01:54 PM   #252
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Great DIY and thank you! It'll help a lot of people out who want to smoke it.
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      06-11-2012, 02:30 PM   #253
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I recently replaced mine with no tools. It took about 4 minutes from start to finish. The plastic is strong and flexible, so it was easy to maneuver the old ones out of the clip sockets.

By the way, if you're wondering if the black grilles look good on the black sapphire metallic paint, they do! They look better than expected. I was hesitant, but now have no regrets.

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      06-11-2012, 09:46 PM   #254
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This is just like on my 3 series LCI, grabbed ahold of the grill with even pressure and pulled outward and viola!


That is how I pulled it out as well, I did wear rubber gloves to prevent getting my fingers injured.
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      06-21-2012, 06:12 PM   #255
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Nice write up. I just changed mine out in less than 10 minutes with just a flathead screwdriver and light force..
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      07-02-2012, 01:34 AM   #256
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When you have removed kidney grills. Is it bossiple to brake kidney grill in to the piece's. easely. I mean that can you take chrome outside away of the frame.
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      07-02-2012, 01:47 AM   #257
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When you have removed kidney grills. Is it bossiple to brake kidney grill in to the piece's. easely. I mean that can you take chrome outside away of the frame.
Yes, easy to separate the grills from the chromed outer part - just carefully pry all the plastic clips apart and the two parts will slide apart.
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      07-03-2012, 12:55 AM   #258
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Yes, easy to separate the grills from the chromed outer part - just carefully pry all the plastic clips apart and the two parts will slide apart.
Fantastic, thanks.
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      07-24-2012, 03:51 AM   #259
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Yes, easy to separate the grills from the chromed outer part - just carefully pry all the plastic clips apart and the two parts will slide apart.
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      07-24-2012, 05:27 AM   #260
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Thanks for this! Helped out a lot! Love the new look!
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      07-24-2012, 07:06 AM   #261
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Just did it again to plastidip'em.
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      08-03-2012, 10:53 AM   #262
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Thanks for the DIY instructions!

I was able to pop out the bottom clips with my hand so it was very fast.
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      08-28-2012, 01:56 PM   #263
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Black grilles.

Matte black kidney grilles ftw.
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      08-30-2012, 08:46 AM   #264
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Just did this with the bmw glossy grills in 2 minutes start to finish and it matches the side trim perfectly. Both hands through the slats, pull with a slight angle down for top clips and finish pulling with slight angle up for bottom clips.
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