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      06-08-2014, 04:14 AM   #67
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Great write up. I think it took longer to put the painters tape around the gill than it took to replace pop them out and replace.
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      07-05-2014, 12:29 PM   #68
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      07-11-2014, 01:24 AM   #69
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worked with gorilla tape, I find if you angle and pull the tape somewhat upwards it works better.

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      07-16-2014, 09:09 PM   #70
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been wanting to do this mod for a long time. My car has a red and black theme to it. Everything is black or red. Rims, windows, BMW badge, etc buying the part tonight! thanks
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Applied this technic today and man was it a breeze….

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      12-11-2014, 04:14 PM   #72
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my lord. just did this. in the cold. ridiculous.

mind you i had to separate the two black "vents". The last two chrome gill tab just wouldn't give; almost broke the black plastic slits. But the tape method was awesome lol
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      12-12-2014, 02:49 PM   #73
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Did this last night. It took 5 minutes and was as easy as stated, great write up.
Although I ended up doing the drivers side twice because my painters tape got caught under the newly installed gill. The tape tore off and left a very thin, visible strip of painters tape that required a second removal and re-installation. I didn't even use painters tape on the passengers side. Didn't need it in my mind.
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      07-03-2015, 06:03 PM   #74
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thanks for this gonna install mines this weekend
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      08-21-2015, 03:09 PM   #75
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Do you all think this will work on a 2013 X5M?

I just found this post and I am going to try it this weekend but wanted to ask if anyone here tried it on an E70?
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      08-24-2015, 10:19 AM   #76
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Gents,

Turns out this little trick also works for replacing the side gills on the E70. I changed mine over the weekend. Thank you for posting this BimmerM!
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      10-05-2015, 05:17 PM   #77
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Great idea! Worked like a champ.
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      11-14-2015, 08:44 PM   #78
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3 years ago I used this awesome method to put in my black gills... Tonight I used it again to return it to stock for the lease turn in. Worked out perfect the second time too!! Thanks again!

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Ps - seeing my car again with the chrome reminded me just how much better the black looks!!
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Struggled with removing with bare hands and was lacking packing tape. Tried a few other tapes with no success. Finally put on some rubber gloves for grip and came right off. Takes a lot of pressure and pulling upward almost feels like it's gonna break!
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