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Old 04-26-2012, 03:08 PM
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F30 BMW M Performance Parts Black Out Grill DIY Install

BMW M Performance Parts F30 black out grills DIY install

The first of many F30 DIYs to come from the Bimmerfest.com Project 328i. And for you 335i owners don't worry, we'll have plenty of 335i DIYs as well. We got one of the first sets of F30 M Performance Parts black out grills from our friends at Turner Motorsport. The grills from Turner are $129.90 and dramatically change the look of the F30. I'll have photos of the full car shortly.

Tools needed
  • T20 torx bit
  • T30 torx bit
  • Pick or small screwdriver

1) Pop the hood and removed the front hood seal by pulling up. It is a friction fit and pulls off easily.

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2) With the seal removed you'll see the 6 T30 torx screws. Remove these and set aside.

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3) Remove the two T20 screws, one on each side that screw into the top of the headlights.

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4) Gently pry the top of the bumper up and forward so you get access to the back of the grills. Wedging a flash light into the gap will give you room to work and light to see the clips on the back of the grills.

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5) The grills are held in with three clips across the top, one on each side and three on the bottom. Use a screw driver or pick tool to push in the release tabs on the grills while gently pulling out on the grills. Go slow and work your way from inside to out one clip at a time.

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You can see the clips clearly with the grill removed

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6) With the first grill removed you can remove the second one by working through the grill opening. This is considerably easier then working from the top. Again work one clip at a time while pulling lightly on the grill from the front. Work your way around until the grill pops out.

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7) With the grills removed the hard part is over! Unpack your new F30 M Performance Parts black out grills from TMS and pop them in. They snap right in.

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8) With your grills snapped in place we need to reconnect the top of the bumper. In addition to the torx screws removed above there are four metal clips that hold the bumper in place and two tabs on the headlights. Make sure you slid the top of the bumper under these clips and tabs.

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9) The hood seal has a U groove on the back that snaps onto a ridge on the bumper. Work your way across snapping the grove onto the ridge. The seal also snaps on the headlights.

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10) You're done. Stand back and enjoy the new look of your F30!

Thanks to Turner Motorsport for the parts and Jay and Derek for the installation help.
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:44 PM
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Nice write up!

looks like a lot of work tho, and some of those tools, i dont have lol

maybe i can get the dealer to do it for me
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Old 04-26-2012, 05:00 PM
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Looks awesome. Are they plastic like the originals, or metal? I have to say I was surprised when I went to touch the 328i sport grill and it was plastic. Do you have a before/after pic?
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I received my F30 a few weeks ago. For those that think this is a bit difficult or involved; it absolutely is not. It's actually very easy if you follow the great instructions provided by Tim330i. It may seem like a lot but it's only because he's spelled out every little step in detail. It took me 15 minutes to complete and I was taking my time so I wouldn't scratch the paint. I'm sure someone with more experience could do it even faster. My before and after pictures below.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:00 PM
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they looks so great in person
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I received my F30 a few weeks ago. For those that think this is a bit difficult or involved; it absolutely is not. It's actually very easy if you follow the great instructions provided by Tim330i. It may seem like a lot but it's only because he's spelled out every little step in detail. It took me 15 minutes to complete and I was taking my time so I wouldn't scratch the paint. I'm sure someone with more experience could do it even faster. My before and after pictures below.
Nice before and after.
I would say the front end would look better if the tag was in the middle and just below the grill instead of being off to the left side.
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Nice before and after.
I would say the front end would look better if the tag was in the middle and just below the grill instead of being off to the left side.

I was back and forth about this myself. I decided on the tow hook hole because I just couldn't bring myself to drill holes into the bumper.
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Very easy as per instructions and photos - Took me 35 minutes. thanks
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ive seen the bimmerfest f30 around the boston area, arent you afraid you're going to get pulled over for not having the front license plate. cops around here are ruthless about that.

also has anyone done this on both an e92 and the f30. The e92 was a real pain and I couldnt get the damn thing off myself, i tried a screwdriver, poker ting, even a butter knife. The tabs just wouldn't budge. have they made it easier at all?

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How would the blacked out grille look on a black car?
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some people love it but i think it basically camoflauges the entire front end
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Seriously, pull the bumper up and forward?

Since there are merely clips holding it (which is similar to the E82 grill), you just put both hands into the grill slots on the left and right edges and yank it towards you to remove.

Then to insert the new grill with your hands in the same location push it in until you hear it seat.

Zero tools needed, 30 seconds elapsed time.

At one time I actually had 3 separate grill sets; the stock one; one with painted surrounds; and a black matte one. I was constantly swapping them out once I got tired of the look.

Like a female trying to decide what hairstyle looked better, I was always changing my mind after a while.

If I had to do this DIY instruction each time it would be a one time deal.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:23 AM
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did you ever do an E92? Mine was so damn difficult. Just gave up after trying like 5 times. Maybe I was just being too cautious and didnt want to break anything.
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did you ever do an E92? Mine was so damn difficult. Just gave up after trying like 5 times. Maybe I was just being too cautious and didnt want to break anything.
No. My wife has an E91 and I want to swap her's out with shadowline one's, but she gave me that look that basically said "don't even think about it", so even though it's reversible I never pursued it.

I think underlying is that she knows once I get started I find it hard to stop tinkering with it.

Unless you have plans to sell the old stocker grills or reuse them later it's worth a shot to use the old yank 'em out method after you tried the finesse approach.
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Thank you for taking the time to post this. I had the dealer install my grilles. I knew it was an easy install but, didn't want to mess up my car knowing my past experience! I will return here when I decide to reinstall my OEM grilles.!
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Great DIY!! it took me 10 miutes to change it on my alpine white 328!!
Thanks!!
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Hey guys just installed my new grill, then i noticed that the hood is now misaligned by about 1 or 2 millimeters. I also noticed that while i was gently getting my hand through the gap to get to the grill clips, the whole bumper and light assembly was also flexing. The BMW dealership said that i may have voided my warranty by simply replacing my grill... Should i worry about water leakage or electrical water leakage? Any advice guys? it was a simple job and i was very careful and i didnt break anything. I tried literally 30 times to try to realign the hood with the emblem scoop
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waths the diference i got mi 428i sport line ones tinted in glos black and mate and it seem the same.

are they the same as the sport line but black?
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Hey guys just installed my new grill, then i noticed that the hood is now misaligned by about 1 or 2 millimeters. I also noticed that while i was gently getting my hand through the gap to get to the grill clips, the whole bumper and light assembly was also flexing. The BMW dealership said that i may have voided my warranty by simply replacing my grill... Should i worry about water leakage or electrical water leakage? Any advice guys? it was a simple job and i was very careful and i didnt break anything. I tried literally 30 times to try to realign the hood with the emblem scoop
That is really strange that you can't get it to line back up, it sounds like it might be sitting over a clip or something. I would take everything apart and start again.

There is no single 'vehicle warranty'. Lets say down the road you have trouble with your suspension, changing your grills had nothing to do with that so it will not void your suspension warranty. Now if you had changed your springs that would be reasonable. Make sense? That is a really bold and annoying claim from your dealer.
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It looks like the grill can be removed from the front by working thru the hole after getting one of the grilles off. Is this correct? If so could you not just destroy and cut out the 8 slots on the old sport grille and put your hand thru it to do the removal.
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It looks like the grill can be removed from the front by working thru the hole after getting one of the grilles off. Is this correct? If so could you not just destroy and cut out the 8 slots on the old sport grille and put your hand thru it to do the removal.
Yeah but after you cut out all the slates you might find it hard to remove the grill frame because you have nothing to hold on to.
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I am still looking for a easy, sure fire way to remove my grills within touching the bumper. I got a pair of replacement ready.
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I looked at it closer over lunch and I can reach thru the grille and touch the clips. If I cut just two of the eight slots I could get my hand behind the grille and I would only damage the one grille I cut. This just seems so much easier then pulling my bumper off on top.
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No need to remove the bumper. I just loose the tabs and pulled it out from the front. Look at the tab of the replacement grill and you will be able to tell "where" and "how" the loose the tabs. Got first one out in 5 min while wife is watching. the 2nd one is easy since I have access from the back of the grill.

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