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Old 11-24-2012, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by rjrankin83 View Post
How easy of a DIY job are they to change?
Very easy. Do a search, but the quick version of what I posted is to use a thin plastic card (like a store loyalty card), one that is very flxible. You can work it into the seam from the front, pressing it in and it will bend around the "lip" between the panel and the reflector. Once it's in there, you can then gently slide it to break loose the 3M double-sided adhesive they use. It will pop right out (into the wheel well), and then you can clean up around the inside and put in the new ones. They come with the tape pre-applied, so all you need is a clean surface.

The trick is to be careful on the edge nearest the wheelwell, where the plastic body panel is just a thin strip. You definitely don't want to break that part.

Some people use a blow dryer or heat gun to soften up the adhesive - usng the card method, it took me 10 minutes on the first one to get it out (going very slow and deliverate) and then 5 minutes on the second (knew what I was doing).

Edit: did the search for you - here ya go:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=575552

Last edited by andrew b; 11-24-2012 at 02:35 PM.
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