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      11-28-2012, 02:32 AM   #1
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Can anyone in LA help me with e90 side gill removal?

I've searched all of the forums and read through all of the diy's and struggled with it for at least an hour. Can any kind souls who have done this before lend me a hand? I've tried the screwdriver, tape, credit card, fishing line. Basically everything.

If not, does anyone know how much it would cost to get done in a shop or have any shop recs?

Thanks in advance.
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      11-28-2012, 02:33 AM   #2
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Eas if that's not too far from you should help out. They are in Anaheim
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      11-28-2012, 10:41 AM   #3
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Tape definitely works. Just gotta make sure you have it on there right. It may take some decent pulling to get them out.
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      11-28-2012, 11:23 AM   #4
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I am in the same boat!

I have been trying with plastic body panel removal tools with no luck.

I think the only DIY option is to remove the wheel liner.




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I've searched all of the forums and read through all of the diy's and struggled with it for at least an hour. Can any kind souls who have done this before lend me a hand? I've tried the screwdriver, tape, credit card, fishing line. Basically everything.

If not, does anyone know how much it would cost to get done in a shop or have any shop recs?

Thanks in advance.
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      11-28-2012, 11:31 AM   #5
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Use the tape method or just grip it real hard and pull. Its just a matter of more force and ignorance lol
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      11-28-2012, 11:33 AM   #6
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E90s are the toughest to pull, but we can do it. Let me know if you'd like us to perform the swap for you.
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You must remove the fender liner to do this safely on the E90 cars. It is not as easy as the E92's.
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      11-29-2012, 02:11 PM   #8
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As my father used to tell me.... "time for a bigger hammer."


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Use the tape method or just grip it real hard and pull. Its just a matter of more force and ignorance lol
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You must remove the fender liner to do this safely on the E90 cars. It is not as easy as the E92's.
No reason to do this at all.
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No reason to do this at all.
You don't have to do it this way, its simply the safer way and also the way BMW says to do it, but again, you don't have to do it that way.
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you don't have to remove the wheel liner but it's the "safest" way to do it in terms of risk of damaging the fender...here's a great DIY to do it this way...

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...light=e90+side
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Let me know if you succeed, I've had my side gills in a box for 2 years already since I got my car and still haven't succeeded in doing it!
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      12-02-2012, 11:54 PM   #13
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I seriously just grabbed it with my hand and pulled it out.
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I seriously just grabbed it with my hand and pulled it out.
No broken tabs?
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No broken tabs?
Nope. Switched out my OEM ones and pulled out the aftermarket ones again to replace the monochrome ///M stickers.
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I seriously just grabbed it with my hand and pulled it out.
That's how President Clinton got in trouble.
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