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PittX52011 09-29-2012 05:40 PM

OEM Black Kidney Grills Vs ECS Tuning Black Grills
 
Just curious, OEM M performance black grills cost $150 and ECS tuning black grills cost $79, whats the difference. Appreciate input.

A900ss 09-30-2012 12:18 AM

$71.

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

PittX52011 09-30-2012 05:56 AM

Great, that was good one:))
Exactly, why should I pay extra $71 for OEM grills.

Keyser Soze 09-30-2012 10:56 AM

I know for the E46 the cheaper alternatives don't fit as well.

ECSTuning 10-01-2012 08:26 AM

After a few redesigns and tests fits we developed our grilles have oem like fitment at a fraction of the original cost. Cosmetically the BMW Performance grill is gloss black with the inner slats sides in matte black, our ECS grille is high gloss all over. The design of the slats is also slightly different on our grille vs the BMW Performance grille.

ECS Blackout Grille Set - Piano LINK
http://c1552172.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/321240_x600.jpg

BMW Performance Grille LINK
http://c1552172.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/291763_x600.jpg

John NY 10-01-2012 11:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ECSTuning (Post 7106469)
After a few redesigns and tests fits we developed our grilles have oem like fitment at a fraction of the original cost. Cosmetically the BMW Performance grill is gloss black with the inner slats sides in matte black, our ECS grille is high gloss all over. The design of the slats is also slightly different on our grille vs the BMW Performance grille.

ECS Blackout Grille Set - Piano LINK
http://c1552172.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/321240_x600.jpg

BMW Performance Grille LINK
http://c1552172.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/291763_x600.jpg

Why won't these work with the nightvision option?

ECSTuning 10-01-2012 11:22 AM

The night vision equipment mounts in the grille, our grilles (just as the genuine BMW Performance grilles) do not have the mounting/housing areas built into the grilles.

John NY 10-01-2012 06:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ECSTuning (Post 7106815)
The night vision equipment mounts in the grille, our grilles (just as the genuine BMW Performance grilles) do not have the mounting/housing areas built into the grilles.

Got it. I would have ordered these, but for the night vision option which I have. Thanks for the clarification.

bmguy 10-02-2012 08:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John NY (Post 7107613)
Got it. I would have ordered these, but for the night vision option which I have. Thanks for the clarification.

I would have as well...
tk

pal joey 10-02-2012 01:19 PM

i was in for service yesterday.
my dealer wanted $140. for the black grills. no charge for the install.
i passed. if i change them out it will be for matte black,which bmw does not make.
might even consider plastidip.

BigDeep1 10-03-2012 07:08 AM

I was going to ask the same thing. Anyone try spraying PastiKote spray paint on the OEM grill to get the matte black finish. This would ensure having the perfect fit.

http://www.plastikote.com/index.jsp

http://www.plastikote.com/products/G...mel-Paint.html

John NY 10-03-2012 02:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigDeep1 (Post 7110655)
I was going to ask the same thing. Anyone try spraying PastiKote spray paint on the OEM grill to get the matte black finish. This would ensure having the perfect fit.

http://www.plastikote.com/index.jsp

http://www.plastikote.com/products/G...mel-Paint.html

I'm picking up my 550 xi tomorrow morning. I'll see how the originals look and then decide what to do.

BigDeep1 10-05-2012 05:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ECSTuning (Post 7106469)
After a few redesigns and tests fits we developed our grilles have oem like fitment at a fraction of the original cost. Cosmetically the BMW Performance grill is gloss black with the inner slats sides in matte black, our ECS grille is high gloss all over. The design of the slats is also slightly different on our grille vs the BMW Performance grille.

ECS Blackout Grille Set - Piano LINK
http://c1552172.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/321240_x600.jpg

BMW Performance Grille LINK
http://c1552172.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/291763_x600.jpg

So the grills you now sell on your website are different and tweaked than the F10 grills you sold at the beginning of the year?

ECS, your black gloss grill looks almost like the OEM grill. The OEM grill is a gunmetal chrome color. The grill you have posted looks like a black chrome. Do you have any other pics of your gloss black F10 grill?

ECSTuning 10-05-2012 07:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigDeep1 (Post 7115098)
So the grills you now sell on your website are different and tweaked than the F10 grills you sold at the beginning of the year?

ECS, your black gloss grill looks almost like the OEM grill. The OEM grill is a gunmetal chrome color. The grill you have posted looks like a black chrome. Do you have any other pics of your gloss black F10 grill?

The revisions where before we released them, these are the same grilles we've been selling for a while. The color when it's in your hands or on a car is a high gloss piano black. The lighting and white backing in the photo studio makes them sometimes look more "chrome" than they really are. Below are a few more photos of them.

http://c1552172.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/321086_x600.jpg

http://c1552172.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/321088_x600.jpg


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