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      12-05-2008, 12:04 PM   #1
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Kidney Grill Removal?

Can someone please explain how to remove the front kidney grills? Do I need to remove any bolts or is there a trick to just popping them off? I searched but couldn't find anything. Watched a great DIY on how to paint them....but I can't even get them off. Thanks.
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      12-05-2008, 12:26 PM   #2
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Can someone please explain how to remove the front kidney grills? Do I need to remove any bolts or is there a trick to just popping them off? I searched but couldn't find anything. Watched a great DIY on how to paint them....but I can't even get them off. Thanks.
You shouldn't try to just 'pop' them off. You are almost garanteed to break the clips if you do this. You have to remove the 4 bolts on the fron bumper and reach in behind to press on the clips to remove the kidney grills. Good luck!
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      12-05-2008, 02:02 PM   #5
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Thank you for the help. I tried searching but nothing useful came up. Thanks!
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      12-05-2008, 02:48 PM   #6
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Thank you for the help. I tried searching but nothing useful came up. Thanks!
Google search works great, just type in the words:

E92 M3 front grill removal
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      12-05-2008, 05:03 PM   #7
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Remember the clip that is near the headlight is a pain in the you know what. I started with the clips on the bottom then the clip near the headlight with a little screwdriver and everything else popped out nicely. The other grill was easy after that.
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Remember the clip that is near the headlight is a pain in the you know what. I started with the clips on the bottom then the clip near the headlight with a little screwdriver and everything else popped out nicely. The other grill was easy after that.
I cannot describe the PIA that getting the clip closest to the headlight to release. I mean, it was hell.
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My fingers don't work now after working out the two clips closest to the headlights. I am typing with a pencil in my mouth.
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This DIY was super helpful! I just installed my new gloss black kidney grilles in less than 10 minutes. I pushed down on the clips and pushed towards the grille (instead of pulled) and it popped out with ease. I agree that the clip closest to the headlights was the hardest to pop out, but I think having small fingers/hands helps
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This DIY was super helpful! I just installed my new gloss black kidney grilles in less than 10 minutes. I pushed down on the clips and pushed towards the grille (instead of pulled) and it popped out with ease. I agree that the clip closest to the headlights was the hardest to pop out, but I think having small fingers/hands helps
Thanks for the link Bunny. You are Superwoman to do the install in 10 minutes.

I suffer from slight nerve damage in my hands as a result do not have 100% strength in the fingers. I used 2 flathead screw drivers one 3 1/2 inches the other 7 inches in length. Using these two I could wedge the 3 1/2" near the light (definitely the hardest clip) while using the 7" for the other clips.
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      08-30-2011, 10:53 PM   #12
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Thanks for the installation tips... pretty easy to swap grilles once you know how!

Here is my M3 with the new "Edition" black chrome grilles... before and after

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      08-30-2011, 11:37 PM   #13
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Yup, did my wife's E90 in less than 5 minutes!
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Quick and easy. MANY thanks for the info!
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      12-07-2012, 02:12 PM   #15
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Quick and easy! Remove the 4 screws, pull the bumper a bit forward (not to hard), and press firmly on all the tabs holding the grill. Should be in and out in less than 15 minutes.
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Hi there does anyone have the problem of the torx screws on either side of the eyebrows to on the bonnet just spinning and not coming out? i can only unscrew the middle ones out of the 3..

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You shouldn't try to just 'pop' them off. You are almost garanteed to break the clips if you do this. You have to remove the 4 bolts on the fron bumper and reach in behind to press on the clips to remove the kidney grills. Good luck!
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