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      08-11-2008, 11:51 PM   #1
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Arrow DIY: Painted/Replace Side Vents

Video now available by bmstyle71: http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=170882

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i) Dupli-color paint, Dupli-color adhesive promoter, sandpaper, and MASK: I used bumper paint from Autozone as it creates a matte look; sandpaper (I chose 220 and 800); please buy a mask (I was blowing black paint out of my nose at the end of the day)
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ii) Hex screwdriver
iii) Flathead screwdriver
iv) E9x M3

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1. Remove the side vents by pinching and pulling the side vents out. Be careful not to pull out all the way as the side indicator cable is still connected.

2. Using a flathead, unhook the side indicator cable.

3. The side vent assembly has 4 parts: a) top cover, b) middle cover, c) chrome side indicator cover, and d) side indicator . Unattach (a) and (b) by pulling it *gently* but firmly away from (c) & (d).

4. Unscrew the side indicator (c) from it's chrome cover (d) using a hex driver.

OPTION 1: If you want to paint your own side vent
5. Either tape the ///M3 sticker or remove it by using a flathead screw driver.

6. Sand the turn signal cover. I used 220 and 800. But you can choose whatever you feel appropriate.

7. Paint the chrome cover (and the sticker). If you mess up, let dry, sand, and repaint.

8. Reassemble the components.

OPTION 2: If you are replacing it with an aftermarket part
5. Reassemble the components with your aftermarket cover.
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damn...looks cool. can we get a shot of it installed to see the final product? i think i'd be too scared to try that on my M
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      08-12-2008, 12:00 AM   #3
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damn...looks cool. can we get a shot of it installed to see the final product? i think i'd be too scared to try that on my M
haha that will be tomorrow... i just finished painting... you see how much i love this forum
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      08-12-2008, 12:06 AM   #4
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haha that will be tomorrow... i just finished painting... you see how much i love this forum
sounds good. i think it will look awesome on your MR m3. I wonder how that autozone paint will hold up.
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      08-12-2008, 01:20 AM   #5
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can't wait to see it, looks great so far
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You should have tried painting them MR. Ooooo ... idea!
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this is EXACTLY what i was looking for...EXACTLY
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Looks cool - can't wait to see the pics on the car!!
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it's a cover that blocks the passage. the side vents are nonfunctional, at least on E92/3
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wow, that looks great! thanks for posting the info!
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it's a cover that blocks the passage. the side vents are nonfunctional, at least on E92/3
Damn, I didnt know that. Can it be fitted back without part A?
If so, for example, when you removed the parts to paint, does it have a passage to the engine bay or is it still blocked by something else? Could it be made fuctional? I havent looked yet
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Damn, I didnt know that. Can it be fitted back without part A?
If so, for example, when you removed the parts to paint, does it have a passage to the engine bay or is it still blocked by something else? Could it be made fuctional? I havent looked yet
yes. it can be fitted w/o A, but wouldn't recommend it because water might just stay in the compartment.

i stuck my arm in there and seems like it's sealed. not 100% sure though.
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Great job with the DIY, ill def. be either doing this or waiting for CF!!
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How did you re-attach the "M3" logo?

Nice job. THanks.
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How did you re-attach the "M3" logo?

Nice job. THanks.
you need to buy some double-sided tape
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Great job... I'm def going to do this and give my son a few bucks to prep the kidneys as well... I was contemplating that anyway... they might chip or buble ... but will be much easier to repaint down the road if prepped correctly. If I screw them up, at least I know I can buy a pair for about $100. THANKS for the great DYI video.
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good job man ... I was trying to take them off and couldn't figure out how ... now I know ... I'll try to wrap them in black vinyl ... will post some pics when it will be done !
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I can't take them off ... how did you do that ?
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just yank UP.
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They're kind of a bitch to remove. You have to squeeze and pull up at the same time. It's hard to get the right leverage, but I feel like it would take a lot of force to break one, so don't worry.
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thanks for great diy!
had it replaced with ease your diy
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      11-21-2008, 08:06 PM   #22
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1. how coats of paint did you guys apply?
2. did you guys apply clearcoat after? if so, how many coats?
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