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      08-03-2012, 03:12 AM   #1
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Drives: 2009 Black M3 Vert
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DIY:Customized Carbon Fiber Center Console

I had my interior swapped out for the BMW Carbon package.
Then I had them install the steering wheel aftermarket
piece . But the important Center Console cover was not produced by anyone. Eventually AutoTecknic had the piece available. But it was not available for the E-93 Vert because
it did not have a hole made for the Convertible Top switch.
AutoTecknic told me that they were aware that someone had
cut the hole in their piece to install into the Vert. BMW quoted me a labor charge of 3.5 hours for cover removal and electronics swap into the Carbon Fiber cover and re installation .
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I decided to DIY. I ordered a set of Trim Removal tools.
My hands are arthritic. I could not get enough leverage
and the slim set tools would bend. So, I used A Lowes
Kobalt Flat Margin Trowel with a surface height of .055 inches (1.40 mm ) --it worked very well.

Since my hands are bad and this was my first attempt, i think I should be given more time than 1/2 the BMW estimate which would be 1.75 hours. My elapsed time for total separation was 23 minutes.

The Cf piece had four mounting posts near the Controller
snap clamps that did not have any purpose in this situation.
The GREAT news is that the CF piece had mounting posts for the Convertible Switch ( which i thought I was going to have to build myself !
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Last edited by Bully; 08-08-2012 at 06:43 PM.