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      02-07-2009, 05:48 PM   #1
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Painted Door Lock Cover

Has anybody INSTALLED the painted door lock cover?

I got mine the other day, but not instructions.

Any pics/write ups appreciated! I searched but found nothing.
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      02-07-2009, 06:08 PM   #2
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Nevermind. I got my a$$ off the couch and figured it out myself. Fitmet aint perfect, but its close. Now, all I have to do is make sure i keep a charged battery! lol
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      02-07-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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Nevermind. I got my a$$ off the couch and figured it out myself. Fitmet aint perfect, but its close. Now, all I have to do is make sure i keep a charged battery! lol
Pictures? give us something.
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This will be the first mod I do on my E92. My E46 got the lock popped the first day I owned it. They stole an old broken cell phone, cd book, and the owners manual. I was pissed.
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Nevermind. I got my a$$ off the couch and figured it out myself. Fitmet aint perfect, but its close. Now, all I have to do is make sure i keep a charged battery! lol
What is wrong with the fitment? Can you expand please?
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What is wrong with the fitment? Can you expand please?
It does not fit as tightly against the door handle. the gap between the two is larger than the stock lock piece. It aint terrible, but I notice.


Also, it sits at a slightly different angle. It is tilted slightly up compared to the stock piece.

Again, the non-M owner would never notice. Maybe I wouldn't had I not seen both back to back, I dunno.

For now, I am leaving it installed and I will see how I like it. I will try to take some pics tomorrow. Maybe I will reinstall the stock piece and take some pics of both so you can see the difference.
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Here are two pics. One stock, one with cover. You can see how it "tilts" a bit. Being as there is only one screw holding it all in place, there is no way to adjust the tilt as far as I can tell.
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Here are two pics. One stock, one with cover. You can see how it "tilts" a bit. Being as there is only one screw holding it all in place, there is no way to adjust the tilt as far as I can tell.
I'd like to get one of these as well but that sucks. I hate imperfect aftermarket stuff. Just like the undersized holes on my matte black side marker frames causing them to fail when the screws were installed. I'd send this back and ask for a replacement. If the replacement doesn't fit much better I'd get a refund.

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So it's pre-cut for LED light on the door handle?
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Thanks Tim. I am on my third one. The first one fit perfectly, but the color was off. The second one was like yours, apart from the tilt, there was a larger gap next to the door handle. Fingers crossed for the third one.
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So it's pre-cut for LED light on the door handle?
Yes it is.
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I'd like to get one of these as well but that sucks. I hate imperfect aftermarket stuff. Just like the undersized holes on my matte black side marker frames causing them to fail when the screws were installed. I'd send this back and ask for a replacement. If the replacement doesn't fit much better I'd get a refund.

+1. it sounds like some of them fit correctly, and others don't. Maybe the manufacturing plant has loose tolerances. I am interested in this as well, but don't want to be thinking about how it doesn't fit right everytime i use the door.
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I just wish someone would make a set for those of us with Interlagos Blue
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The fit is very snug. There is really no way to adjust it. Also, I am thinking all they did was buy some of the drivers side rear door pieces from an E90 M3, etc. (no locks on the rear doors) and paint them. I am going to now pull the rear door cover and compare it to the replacement one I bought to see if there is any difference. Then I am going to see if that will fit the front door and check for fit and finish. I will let you know what I find.
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Now, all I have to do is make sure i keep a charged battery! lol
or be flexible enough to crawl in through the trunk.
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or be flexible enough to crawl in through the trunk.
lol. That'l work.
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Mine fits like crap and the melbourne red paint doesn't match my door handle.
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I had to take a Dremel tool (grinder) to the inside of it to reduce a raised lip in the molded plastic where it touches the lock. After that, it fit perfectly.
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Mine fits like crap and the melbourne red paint doesn't match my door handle.
Where did you get yours from? I'm more concerned w/the MR paint not matching, LOL!

Where's everyone else getting theres? Thx!
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Where did you get yours from? I'm more concerned w/the MR paint not matching, LOL!

Where's everyone else getting theres? Thx!
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