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      04-08-2009, 09:31 AM   #1
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Need help with painted reflector install

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I tried to remove the stock painted reflector and it wouldn't budge. I don't want to keep jamming a screwdriver in between the reflector and the bumper. I checked the DIY for this and it's pretty lousy. Can anyone give any pointers on how to properly remove the painted reflector.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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      04-08-2009, 09:55 AM   #2
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No screwdriver required.

Use your thumb to push the fender along the outside of the reflector. You have to push pretty hard and it will pop right out. Make sure you don't let it drop inside the fender.

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      04-08-2009, 10:00 AM   #3
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No screwdriver required.

Use your thumb to push the fender along the outside of the reflector. You have to push pretty hard and it will pop right out. Make sure you don't let it drop inside the fender.

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Push from above the reflector or below the reflector?
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Push from above the reflector or below the reflector?
Push on the bumper below the reflector and it will pop right out. good luck
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      04-08-2009, 10:36 AM   #5
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Push on the bumper below the reflector and it will pop right out. good luck
Tried pushing from above and below. They won't budge. This is frustrating.
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      04-08-2009, 11:39 AM   #6
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seriously? PUSH HARD on the lower edge of the reflector in an UPWARD motion and then out towards your body...it will move up allowing clearance for the tabs that keep it locked in as there are small upside down u-shaped springs that compress...once you do this and feel the reflector move pull the reflector towards you and it will pop out...they go in the opposite way. You have to use a good amount of strength and may take several time to get it right.

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      04-08-2009, 12:59 PM   #7
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seriously? PUSH HARD on the lower edge of the reflector in an UPWARD motion and then out towards your body...it will move up allowing clearance for the tabs that keep it locked in as there are small upside down u-shaped springs that compress...once you do this and feel the reflector move pull the reflector towards you and it will pop out...they go in the opposite way. You have to use a good amount of strength and may take several time to get it right.

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Wow talk about frustrating. Those things are not coming out.
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      04-08-2009, 01:14 PM   #8
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I used a old credit card and squeezed it under the reflector. Then I slowly worked the credit car around the reflector to loosen it up a bit. Hope this helps
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Nevermind, I figured it out. The trick is to wedge the longer side of a credit card or a plastic card underneath the reflector. Once the card is wedged in there, then you have to wiggle and push the reflector upwards. After a few tries they poped right out.

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I used a old credit card and squeezed it under the reflector. Then I slowly worked the credit car around the reflector to loosen it up a bit. Hope this helps
BINGO!!!! Worked perfectly. Thanks for all your help guys.
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      04-08-2009, 03:15 PM   #11
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glad you got it, just pushing it in like others had said was the easiest way most people are too afraid to give it a little more strength for fear of ruining the bumper...
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glad you got it, just pushing it in like others had said was the easiest way most people are too afraid to give it a little more strength for fear of ruining the bumper...
Yea I was pushing on it pretty hard and the bumper was really starting to flex. I didn't want to do any damage to the bumper.
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Did you ? No credit card required.

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when i swapped by reflectors out, the factory had them installed upside down.
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just a little pressure under the reflectors does the tricks, mine come out without much effort
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Nevermind, I figured it out. The trick is to wedge the longer side of a credit card or a plastic card underneath the reflector. Once the card is wedged in there, then you have to wiggle and push the reflector upwards. After a few tries they poped right out.

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good to hear....guess the CC gave you a little more room for direct pressure.

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anyone have the painted bimmmian reflectors. mine dont sit flush with the bumper anyone else having this issue
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anyone have the painted bimmmian reflectors. mine dont sit flush with the bumper anyone else having this issue
LOL serves you right for buying Bimmian products. That company produces nothing but garbage. I need to start a thread warning people of their stuff.
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LOL serves you right for buying Bimmian products. That company produces nothing but garbage. I need to start a thread warning people of their stuff.
Well, that's not entirely true. I got their billet aluminum hanbrake handle and it's a very nice piece.

Most of the painted reflectors are OEM ones that have been sanded and painted, so fit should not be an issue. It would surprise me if someone is molding custom pieces.
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