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JT 550i SD 09-13-2012 08:37 PM

M5 - Kidney Grills -completed MOD
 
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From day one, the all chrome kidney grilles on my 550i didn't appeal to me. They just didn't seem to match the personality of the M Sport package. I thought the all black version was a little dark on AW, but the M5 version with chrome exterior and all black grille fins looked perfect - so I bought a pair...

Install is easy- no need to disassemble any part of the front bumper, the grilles pop out by gently pulling on each side, its a 3 minute job.

Here are the before and after results!:thumbup:

Needsdecaf 09-14-2012 05:04 AM

I did mine the hard way by taking off the top of the bumper. You can pull them out, but I honestly didn't want to risk breaking the tabs. If I had to do it again, I would do the same way. It only takes 20 minutes.

Mbbrewer 09-14-2012 05:14 AM

Looks really sharp. Good work.

jjsC6 09-14-2012 08:33 AM

Looks good - I'm wanting to do the same thing. Where did you get them?

Needsdecaf 09-14-2012 09:40 AM

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Originally Posted by jjsC6 (Post 7073839)
Looks good - I'm wanting to do the same thing. Where did you get them?

Jim, I got mine for from overseas and then found that you can get them domestically (I think from Tischer) for cheaper.

If you get them and you need a hand, let me know.

Stealth8 09-14-2012 10:57 AM

Nice job!

If anyone gets a good link or digits to order these, please let me know as I would like to jump on board this mod!

Gor@AcutePerformance 09-14-2012 11:25 AM

Really subtle mod, but it works wonders for that front end, quite a stunning improvement. Now that the mod bug has bitten you whats next hahaha

chill535ix 09-14-2012 05:02 PM

Looks dope. I did the same to my ride. Love it.

KRoz 09-14-2012 05:13 PM

Where can you order them?

grizzles 09-14-2012 06:12 PM

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The real M5 grilles have 12 fins. I ordered mine through BMW and got one with 10 and one with 12. I'm waiting for a 12 to complete my car.
This one is at the dealer with a 10K markup

JT 550i SD 09-14-2012 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by grizzles (Post 7074962)
The real M5 grilles have 12 fins. I ordered mine through BMW and got one with 10 and one with 12. I'm waiting for a 12 to complete my car.
This one is at the dealer with a 10K markup

WOW - just noticed that my right grille has 10 fins- left 12.

Houston..we have a problem..

goldbergx 09-14-2012 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by JT 550i SD (Post 7075076)
WOW - just noticed that my right grille has 10 fins- left 12.

Houston..we have a problem..

Your original had 12/12 as well... interesting....

But this is really subtle change, nobody but you will appreciate it.

Needsdecaf 09-15-2012 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by JT 550i SD (Post 7075076)
WOW - just noticed that my right grille has 10 fins- left 12.

Houston..we have a problem..

I checked....both mine have 12.

Keyser Soze 09-15-2012 08:31 PM

Ordered mine from BMW of Silver Spring over a month ago. Picked up my car in Santa Barbara yesterday, drove back up north today and the install took about 45 seconds since the car (and existing grilles) were very hot after long drive in 95 degrees. I can imagine all the tabs breaking if one tried the direct method after a few years though. My E46 grill certainly did. I'm not sure this is the wisest $100+ spent on a new grill that is only slightly different than the original but it looks good and I can always use the original as replacements if necessary.

Jason@Tischer 09-17-2012 06:54 AM

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Originally Posted by KRoz (Post 7074871)
Where can you order them?

We've got the complete collection of F10 5 Series grills on special here on our site(nearly half-way down the page). Most models are in stock and ready to ship!

:thumbup:

grizzles 09-17-2012 06:17 PM

I dont see the M5 grille on the site

JT 550i SD 09-17-2012 07:59 PM

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Originally Posted by goldbergx (Post 7075163)
Your original had 12/12 as well... interesting....

But this is really subtle change, nobody but you will appreciate it.


or have it bother the heck out of me. Have let getbmwparts .com of the dilemma, stay tuned

JT 550i SD 09-17-2012 08:03 PM

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Originally Posted by grizzles (Post 7079919)
I dont see the M5 grille on the site


they are not: here are the part #'s

51138054491 GRILLE, FRONT, L
51138054492 GRILLE, FRONT, R

but be on notice that there seems to be a problem at the plant in Poland where they are packaged - the right grilles are being mis labeled. see above posts

pal joey 09-18-2012 03:13 AM

i see gloss black . what about flat black to match lower part of bumper on m sport? it would be a better match.

TischerBMW 09-18-2012 07:06 AM

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Originally Posted by JT 550i SD (Post 7080182)
they are not: here are the part #'s

51138054491 GRILLE, FRONT, L
51138054492 GRILLE, FRONT, R

but be on notice that there seems to be a problem at the plant in Poland where they are packaged - the right grilles are being mis labeled. see above posts

Here's a direct link to the special where we have all the popular F10 grills, including the M5ones! :thumbup:

http://www.trademotion.com/sfimages/...mage172447.jpg

ggoodloe 09-18-2012 06:06 PM

grill replacement
 
A little more detail on DIY of taking off front bumper to get to grill for removal. Thanks.


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