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Canada1867 11-15-2012 05:48 PM

help, advise, photo replacing reflectors with body colour inserts
 
I've dedicated Sat morning to replacing reflectors with body colour inserts, and while Bimmian provides generic instructions, I haven't seen anything specific to the F30 (328ix). Any help, advise or photo tuitorials (or horror stories) from experienced members would be very much appreciated.
Thank you in advance

boltjaM3s 11-15-2012 06:04 PM

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...s/DSC_0313.jpg

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...s/DSC_0429.jpg

I bought mine from IND, perfect match, great quality as they're OEM BMW reflectors painted with OEM BMW paint codes.

I took mine to a local BMW mod shop who charges $100 an hour. Cost me $35 and I was out of there in 20 minutes. No need to attempt this yourself, just take it to the pros and get a cup of coffee while you wait. There are special polyester tools involved to gently pry up the existing reflectors, can't just do it by hand or use a metal tool.

BJ

Canada1867 11-16-2012 08:00 PM

Appreciate the advice, but always dubious about taking anything non-OEM to dealers. Actually, even OEM installs are over priced. I ordered BMW carbon fiber spoiler with car, but it didn't arrive until 2 months after promised. :mad:The "pros" tried to tell me it was a 4 hour job. I went to dealer principle and complained, so he agreed to comp. install. I watched from outside and it took less than 15 min. from wash down, to alcohol, to 2 technicians carefully fitting it. I actually felt like a moron even letting these pimple faced high school kids / technicians do it.:stupid:

In any case, I'd rather do this myself rather than wait for appointment and pay for 2 hours of labour (~$250+ tax) - the estimate they gave me!

boltjaM3s 11-16-2012 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Canada1867 (Post 7199273)

Appreciate the advice, but always dubious about taking anything non-OEM to dealers.

In any case, I'd rather do this myself rather than wait for appointment and pay for 2 hours of labour (~$250+ tax) - the estimate they gave me!

You're misunderstanding me.

I took my car to a BMW "mod" shop, you know, an enthusiasts place where non-BMW personnel do this 24/7 for a living.

They charge $100 an hour and I paid $35 because it was a 25 minute job.

These are the guys I used down here in NJ; I'm sure you've got a similar place up there:

http://autocouturemotoring.com/acm/

Even though I went in for a pretty silly mod, they were extremely helpful and did a great job in a short amount of time, taught me a thing or two about my F30 and might help me take care of that body roll in the Spring.

BJ

Canada1867 11-16-2012 09:51 PM

Gotcha. Don't know of one in the Greater Toronto Area, but would love to find one with a good rep and fair prices...though likely for more serious performance upgrades such as "chipping" or other engine or suspension mods.
I'd still like to do this little mod myself, but was hoping to leverage someone else's experience to make it smoother. Doing anything the first time is alway tougher.
Thx

boltjaM3s 11-16-2012 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Canada1867 (Post 7199376)
Gotcha. Don't know of one in the Greater Toronto Area, but would love to find one with a good rep and fair prices...though likely for more serious performance upgrades such as "chipping" or other engine or suspension mods.
I'd still like to do this little mod myself, but was hoping to leverage someone else's experience to make it smoother. Doing anything the first time is alway tougher.
Thx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujLJk8H8FKM

There are generally two types of painted reflectors:

1. Pop-in (they go in from the front, stick up, protrude from the body).

2. Pop-out (they go in from the back, flush to the body).

Not sure which ones you bought.

BJ

jlukja 11-16-2012 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s (Post 7199288)
They charge $100 an hour and I paid $35 because it was a 25 minute job.

Does not compute. :loco:

Canada1867 11-17-2012 04:50 AM

:D
Quote:

Originally Posted by boltjaM3s (Post 7199419)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujLJk8H8FKM

There are generally two types of painted reflectors:

1. Pop-in (they go in from the front, stick up, protrude from the body).

2. Pop-out (they go in from the back, flush to the body).

Not sure which ones you bought.

BJ

The F30's are the more difficult one's - glued in from behind. The ones in the picture are the pop-out ones on earlier models. Lots of tips on these easy and older models, but not for F30 328ix (i don't know if 335 or non-x mattters - doubt it). But thx.
I guess if no one's done it before, I'll be the crash-test dummy and document the task:D

Canada1867 11-17-2012 04:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boltjaM3s (Post 7199419)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujLJk8H8FKM

There are generally two types of painted reflectors:

1. Pop-in (they go in from the front, stick up, protrude from the body).

2. Pop-out (they go in from the back, flush to the body).

Not sure which ones you bought.

BJ

BTW thanks for the video - a very nice pair of reflectors on Kristian's... um, car...


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