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Old 09-07-2013, 03:56 PM
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Window Switch Cover Replacement DIY

So I got tired of looking at my worn window switch covers and decided to replace them. Pretty cheap and easy project. I've attached some before and after pics for everyone as well as DIY instructions in case anyone wants to do the same.
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:26 AM
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Good writing up! Thanks for the sharing.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:15 AM
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Makes a big difference. Thanks
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:45 AM
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so it looks like they only carrier the grey color... has anyone tried painting either the original or one of theses?
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:31 AM
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They do grey, black and tan apparently:

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E83-X3-...Search/Window/
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:04 PM
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Nice!!

I wonder if soda blasting would make my old ones look nice.
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:36 PM
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Window Switch Cover Replacement DIY

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so it looks like they only carrier the grey color... has anyone tried painting either the original or one of theses?
Yea, all of the colors are available. I only listed the past numbers for the grey since that's what I needed.


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Old 10-07-2013, 09:27 AM
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So I got tired of looking at my worn window switch covers and decided to replace them. Pretty cheap and easy project. I've attached some before and after pics for everyone as well as DIY instructions in case anyone wants to do the same.
Hey me again, appreciate the switch cover how to, I was wondering if Im going to be able to see the wiring etc to examine for rust of water damage. Need to peek n side to see if all connections are good?
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:09 AM
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great! wish it was as easy to replace peeled up steering wheel switch cover.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:47 AM
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Hey me again, appreciate the switch cover how to, I was wondering if Im going to be able to see the wiring etc to examine for rust of water damage. Need to peek n side to see if all connections are good?
You won't be able to. The black box you see in the DIY is what you'll need to replace to restore your window/door control for the door. There are no wires other than the connector to the switch box.

If your car has electronic folding mirrors you'll need this: http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E83-X3-...itch/ES166911/

If you car DOES NOT has electronic folding mirrors you'll need: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/61313414354/ES166910/
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:01 PM
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Ohhhhh, well then i wonder why i got some replies telling me to clean the wires off to prevent corrosion etc, odd? I remember when i got in my car that morning after the rain, my husband was just in it and had apparently rolled up the window then i get in and notice the seat wet etc and roll it down asking my husband why my seat was wet, then, i hit the switch and it wouldnt go up.. So i hit around the door a bit thinking? Obviously wasnt, im thinking maybe something came loose, or the window itself came off track? That little green light that lets you know your locked was still on but after i hit it, it went off. My mirrors still work? I pulled up on the window and it moves, is it off track possibly?
Im so mad, im sure im headed to get it fixed. Not good when i just dropped 500 at the casino night before last.. Talk about regret,,,,,,, i never leave my windows down ever...

That window has been making a pretty loud noise when gong up for some time anyway....probably just died, with my help ..;; thanks for all your help!
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:03 PM
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Ohhhhh, well then i wonder why i got some replies telling me to clean the wires off to prevent corrosion etc, odd? I remember when i got in my car that morning after the rain, my husband was just in it and had apparently rolled up the window then i get in and notice the seat wet etc and roll it down asking my husband why my seat was wet, then, i hit the switch and it wouldnt go up.. So i hit around the door a bit thinking? Obviously wasnt, im thinking maybe something came loose, or the window itself came off track? That little green light that lets you know your locked was still on but after i hit it, it went off. My mirrors still work? I pulled up on the window and it moves, is it off track possibly?
Im so mad, im sure im headed to get it fixed. Not good when i just dropped 500 at the casino night before last.. Talk about regret,,,,,,, i never leave my windows down ever...

That window has been making a pretty loud noise when gong up for some time anyway....probably just died, with my help ..;; thanks for all your help!
Do the mirrors work all the way (all directions)? Is just one window or all of them not working?
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:41 PM
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So I got tired of looking at my worn window switch covers and decided to replace them. Pretty cheap and easy project. I've attached some before and after pics for everyone as well as DIY instructions in case anyone wants to do the same.
Just did this myself. Thanks for the DIY.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:08 PM
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You won't be able to. The black box you see in the DIY is what you'll need to replace to restore your window/door control for the door. There are no wires other than the connector to the switch box.

If your car has electronic folding mirrors you'll need this: http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E83-X3-...itch/ES166911/

If you car DOES NOT has electronic folding mirrors you'll need: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/61313414354/ES166910/
I haven't had time to get back to you to thank you for helping me with my window issue. I took your advice and went to ECS Tuning site, found what I needed, ordered it and put it in myself, yeehaw... You saved me $400 bucks.. Much appreciated.....I owe ya!. Awesome....
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