BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > E90/E92 M3 Technical Topics > Cosmetic/Visual (Exterior + Interior) Modifications
 
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      11-24-2008, 04:13 PM   #1
Rick
Stackin' Chips
No_Country
39

 
Rick's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 AW M3 Coupe
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Santa Monica, CA


Posts: 607
iTrader: (2)

Side-vent marker removal

Having some difficulty removing the OEM side-vent markers to replace with the Matte Black ABS ones I purchased.

Tips please...

(I've already read the DIY thread which stated to "pinch and pull," doesn't seem to work for me).

Thanks.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 04:41 PM   #2
SS32
Major
98

 
SS32's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 M3
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC


Posts: 1,431
iTrader: (0)

Are you pinching in the right place? Make sure you're pulling nearly straight up, too. The hardest part for me was getting enough grip to pinch it hard enough to loosen the clips.
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 04:46 PM   #3
endofanera7
Major General
No_Country
197

 
endofanera7's Avatar
 
Drives: 08 JB E92 M3
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bay Area, CA


Posts: 5,183
iTrader: (15)

Garage List
2008 E92 M3  [5.00]
Send a message via AIM to endofanera7 Send a message via MSN to endofanera7
Quote:
Originally Posted by rickc View Post
Having some difficulty removing the OEM side-vent markers to replace with the Matte Black ABS ones I purchased.

Tips please...

(I've already read the DIY thread which stated to "pinch and pull," doesn't seem to work for me).

Thanks.
I have difficulties too and it hurts my thumbs while doing that.

I got it out simply by pushing the bottom upwards, you will hear the clicks.

Last edited by endofanera7; 11-24-2008 at 06:22 PM.
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 05:41 PM   #4
grayshrk
Private
United_States
1

 
Drives: 2008 Graphite E92 M3 DCT
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: SoCal


Posts: 95
iTrader: (0)

And pinch very hard. I just did the same thing yesterday and I was surprised at how difficult it was to pinch the clips out.
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 06:19 PM   #5
jbrucebmw
jbrucebmw
United_States
6

 
Drives: E90M3&335i, 95 M3, 85 M635CSi
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Los Angeles | Newport Beach


Posts: 132
iTrader: (0)

Has anyone tried removing the fender liner to access from behind? I'm in the garage right now trying to remove them and these things are a major PITA.
__________________
jbrucebmw
BMW CCA LA & GGC
08 E90 M3 | 07 E90 335i | 95 M3 3.2 | 85 M635CSi
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 06:23 PM   #6
endofanera7
Major General
No_Country
197

 
endofanera7's Avatar
 
Drives: 08 JB E92 M3
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bay Area, CA


Posts: 5,183
iTrader: (15)

Garage List
2008 E92 M3  [5.00]
Send a message via AIM to endofanera7 Send a message via MSN to endofanera7
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbrucebmw View Post
Has anyone tried removing the fender liner to access from behind? I'm in the garage right now trying to remove them and these things are a major PITA.
Just pull it hard, but not hard enough to break the thing. lol
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 06:30 PM   #7
jbrucebmw
jbrucebmw
United_States
6

 
Drives: E90M3&335i, 95 M3, 85 M635CSi
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Los Angeles | Newport Beach


Posts: 132
iTrader: (0)

Call me an old man or a wimp but I simply can't pull it hard enough with the tips of my fingers. I've been around my fair share or restorations and wrenched in the garage but this is a major pain.
__________________
jbrucebmw
BMW CCA LA & GGC
08 E90 M3 | 07 E90 335i | 95 M3 3.2 | 85 M635CSi
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 06:53 PM   #8
Rick
Stackin' Chips
No_Country
39

 
Rick's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 AW M3 Coupe
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Santa Monica, CA


Posts: 607
iTrader: (2)

Thanks for the tips guys... I'll try again this evening.

Also, are the tabs located only on the underside of the marker? I thought they were on the top and bottom which is why I may be having some trouble.
__________________

Last edited by Rick; 11-24-2008 at 07:12 PM.
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 07:11 PM   #9
jbrucebmw
jbrucebmw
United_States
6

 
Drives: E90M3&335i, 95 M3, 85 M635CSi
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Los Angeles | Newport Beach


Posts: 132
iTrader: (0)

I unscrewed the fender liner and now I can get my arm up behind the fender and feel the tabs on the back of the side marker but I still can't get these things off.
__________________
jbrucebmw
BMW CCA LA & GGC
08 E90 M3 | 07 E90 335i | 95 M3 3.2 | 85 M635CSi
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 07:14 PM   #10
endofanera7
Major General
No_Country
197

 
endofanera7's Avatar
 
Drives: 08 JB E92 M3
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bay Area, CA


Posts: 5,183
iTrader: (15)

Garage List
2008 E92 M3  [5.00]
Send a message via AIM to endofanera7 Send a message via MSN to endofanera7
Quote:
Originally Posted by rickc View Post
Thanks for the tips guys... I'll try again this evening.

Also, are the tabs located only on the underside of the marker? I thought they were on the top and bottom which is why I may be having some trouble.
yes top and bottom, but i find it easier to work from bottom up.
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 07:14 PM   #11
endofanera7
Major General
No_Country
197

 
endofanera7's Avatar
 
Drives: 08 JB E92 M3
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bay Area, CA


Posts: 5,183
iTrader: (15)

Garage List
2008 E92 M3  [5.00]
Send a message via AIM to endofanera7 Send a message via MSN to endofanera7
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbrucebmw View Post
I unscrewed the fender liner and now I can get my arm up behind the fender and feel the tabs on the back of the side marker but I still can't get these things off.
I still dont get it. ANy pics?
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 07:42 PM   #12
MachineDriver
Family Man
United_States
2

 
MachineDriver's Avatar
 
Drives: '09 E92 M3
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: USA


Posts: 156
iTrader: (0)

Look at the replacement part... The clips are identically located. I found that working from the underside near the tip was easiest. Good luck.
__________________
'09 E92 M3 - '99 M Coupe
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 07:45 PM   #13
eclipsisNA
Colonel
United_States
212

 
Drives: 2013 Estoril 328i M Sport
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Beverly Hills, CA


Posts: 2,938
iTrader: (6)

Garage List
2014 BMW 428i  [3.88]
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbrucebmw View Post
I unscrewed the fender liner and now I can get my arm up behind the fender and feel the tabs on the back of the side marker but I still can't get these things off.
You're doing it the wrong way. You pinch, but not THAT hard. Pinch with your thumbs on top of the markers and the other four fingers on the bottom. Pull the bottom upwards in a somewhat circular motion TOWARDS YOU while pushing downward on top AWAY FROM YOU. This will remove them very easily without hurting your hands.
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 08:00 PM   #14
jbrucebmw
jbrucebmw
United_States
6

 
Drives: E90M3&335i, 95 M3, 85 M635CSi
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Los Angeles | Newport Beach


Posts: 132
iTrader: (0)

After two hours I gave up. I can barely type now. I can totally see how the tabs work and where they are on the new parts but I just can't squeeze hard enough. I'll give my fingers a rest and try again in a few days.
__________________
jbrucebmw
BMW CCA LA & GGC
08 E90 M3 | 07 E90 335i | 95 M3 3.2 | 85 M635CSi
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 09:04 PM   #15
swamp2
Lieutenant General
United_States
324

 
swamp2's Avatar
 
Drives: E92 M3
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: San Diego, CA USA


Posts: 10,201
iTrader: (1)

I found it a bit tough to get this apart as well. I ended up just pulling on the lower end of the oval part to dislodge the two lower clips first. I did not have to compress the clips just sort of pried it against its own interface above the upper clips. It takes some force but comes out with no damage. It would be better to press the clips together while removing but I just couldn't make progress with that method. Once you have it all apart have a look at my post on problems with the screw hole in some parts here.

Edit: I am describing removing the oval from the side marker housing, not the housing from the car. So I am quite guiilty here of providing the right answer to the wrong question. Hopefully both the advice above and link will still be useful to some.

Last edited by swamp2; 11-25-2008 at 02:03 AM. Reason: Clarification
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 09:12 PM   #16
sard
Major
141

 
Drives: 2008 M3
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Southern California


Posts: 1,330
iTrader: (1)

Send a message via AIM to sard
LOL I busted up my fingers installing mine also, but finally got it. Like the previous posts, the best way is to just fuckin grab it and pull it up. Try squeezing at the same time, but just pull the whole thing up. You'll hear the bottom tabs kinda click out. Then you gotta try your best to pop the entire thing outwards. Combination of wiggles, squeezing...
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 10:53 PM   #17
rzm3
Moderator
372

 
rzm3's Avatar
 
Drives: E92 M3
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: USA


Posts: 4,601
iTrader: (14)

There is a video too: http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=170882
__________________
E92 M3 DCT - AiM EVO4 Data Logger / AiM SmartyCam HD / KW Competition 2-Way / OMP ARS Racing Seats / Brembo GT 365 / Pagid Yellow RS-29 / Rear Seats Delete
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 11:05 PM   #18
jbrucebmw
jbrucebmw
United_States
6

 
Drives: E90M3&335i, 95 M3, 85 M635CSi
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Los Angeles | Newport Beach


Posts: 132
iTrader: (0)

Awe, so in the video, you remove the whole mock mesh grill with the chrome piece. I was trying to just remove the chrome piece while leaving the black plastic in the fender. I'll have to try again.
__________________
jbrucebmw
BMW CCA LA & GGC
08 E90 M3 | 07 E90 335i | 95 M3 3.2 | 85 M635CSi
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 11:07 PM   #19
endofanera7
Major General
No_Country
197

 
endofanera7's Avatar
 
Drives: 08 JB E92 M3
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bay Area, CA


Posts: 5,183
iTrader: (15)

Garage List
2008 E92 M3  [5.00]
Send a message via AIM to endofanera7 Send a message via MSN to endofanera7
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbrucebmw View Post
Awe, so in the video, you remove the whole mock mesh grill with the chrome piece. I was trying to just remove the chrome piece while leaving the black plastic in the fender. I'll have to try again.
LOL...
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 11:30 PM   #20
eclipsisNA
Colonel
United_States
212

 
Drives: 2013 Estoril 328i M Sport
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Beverly Hills, CA


Posts: 2,938
iTrader: (6)

Garage List
2014 BMW 428i  [3.88]
Like I said earlier, pull the piece in a counter-clockwise motion away from you. This is extremely simple if performed in this manner.
Appreciate 0
      11-24-2008, 11:38 PM   #21
AZE92M3
Enlisted Member
9

 
Drives: Alpine White E92 M3
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Scottsdale


Posts: 43
iTrader: (0)

Counter clockwise on both sides? Doesn't one side need pressure a different direction?
Appreciate 0
      11-25-2008, 12:22 AM   #22
sg///M3
Lieutenant
United_States
4

 
sg///M3's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 M3 DCT
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Charlotte, NC


Posts: 438
iTrader: (0)

I just jammed a cloth wrapped screwdriver between the side marker and the fender piece (on the bottom around where the tabs are supposed to be to compress the tab) and pulled the side marker upwards to get the bottom part loose. It popped out pretty easily after that. Just be careful not to scratch your paint.
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:07 PM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST