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F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current)
The 2 Series coupe is the replacement for the E82/E88 1 series coupe. Production starts in November 2013 on the 228i (N20) and M235i (N55) coupes. Look for them in dealerships in February 2014. The convertible F23 2 series will follow in the fall of 2014.

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Old 09-04-2016, 03:21 PM
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M stripe grille options. What do you recommend?

I see a ton of different options online for the m stripe grille. Can anyone suggest a product they have used and like? ThanksClick image for larger version

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Old 09-04-2016, 09:55 PM
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use this link... https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-F22-M2...r/Body/Grille/
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I see a ton of different options online for the m stripe grille. Can anyone suggest a product they have used and like? ThanksAttachment 575095
Went on Amazon and ordered 1/4 inch pinstripe.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1/4 inch comes in this purple, light blue and red. The light blue looks aqua in the pix but it is really a light blue

10 minute job w/ a razor blade and small screw driver ( screwdriver blade to start the stripe in the upper angle of the grille vertical tooth and again to finish at the bottom).

Holds up well, and looks clean, if you decide you don't like it later on, peel the stripe off.
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Old 01-16-2017, 04:43 PM
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Went on Amazon and ordered 1/4 inch pinstripe.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

1/4 inch comes in this purple, light blue and red. The light blue looks aqua in the pix but it is really a light blue

10 minute job w/ a razor blade and small screw driver ( screwdriver blade to start the stripe in the upper angle of the grille vertical tooth and again to finish at the bottom).

Holds up well, and looks clean, if you decide you don't like it later on, peel the stripe off.
Ret-USA,

yes, looks good!

I was going to buy 3 rolls of electrical tape to match the M colors.
You can then stripe the fins you want, then have the rest of the rolls to use
around the house for other projects.

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Old 01-17-2017, 07:07 AM
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Ret-USA,

yes, looks good!

I was going to buy 3 rolls of electrical tape to match the M colors.
You can then stripe the fins you want, then have the rest of the rolls to use
around the house for other projects.

stt
I was looking at that option also. I hit a couple of hardware stores and saw some 3M tapes. I could not find a light blue color. The red was perfect and purple was very close, but no light blue.

Also wasn't sure how that tape would look wrapped around each grille tooth (as the tape would "pucker' at each bend. I also though about cutting the tape to 1/4 " on a pane of glass w/ a straight edge to just do the leading edge.

Finally decided to just buy the pre-cut 1/4 inch pinstripe. More expensive, but has the right texture, color and shine when done. Plenty of left over for a "do over" should I need to.

I looked at the snap on stuff sold on Alibabba, but thought adding a plastic sleeve would not look right. Other options considered were pre-painted replacement grilles (prices ranging from $75-$110 a set). They also sold the M2 style double tooth, but after seeing the videos to install, came back to the pre-cut pinstripe.

I have a local pinstripe/graphic/window-tinter that likely would have done it for less than $20 (and probably would have covered the entire grille tooth), but thought I'd go the DIY route first.
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It's fairly common for customers to purchase the gloss black grilles and pinstripe them themselves. If it looks bad or you don't like it, you still have gloss black grilles!
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Old 02-03-2017, 06:28 AM
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As if the M235i/M240i was somehow deficient in badging.
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:09 AM
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As if the M235i/M240i was somehow deficient in badging.
My M240i came with two badges (that one can readily see). One on the trunk and one small one on the steering wheel.

Yes, wheels have tiny ones too....as well as the engine cover. With hood closed you can't see it and unless your on your knees not likely to pick up the ones on the wheels either. So I count two.

Not sure how many came on the M235i
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Unlike you guys, I'm a little behind as mine is a 2016 M235xi. Got it 30 Dec.

FYI

There are a total of 11 M badges from the factory on the car:
Engine cover [1]
Steering Wheel [1]
Instrument cluster when first turned on [1]
Tail board (trunk lid) [1]
Door sills [2]
Wheels [4]
these are all in color plus a monochrome badge on the dead pedal cover = 11.

P.S. The worthless ambient lights are in the top of the cove for the door opening lever and at full brightness need a reflector above the lever to barely be able to be seen!
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Mine also has one on the gear shift knob (manual transmission).
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:26 AM
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Unlike you guys, I'm a little behind as mine is a 2016 M235xi. Got it 30 Dec.

FYI

There are a total of 11 M badges from the factory on the car:
Engine cover [1]
Steering Wheel [1]
Instrument cluster when first turned on [1]
Tail board (trunk lid) [1]
Door sills [2]
Wheels [4]
these are all in color plus a monochrome badge on the dead pedal cover = 11.

P.S. The worthless ambient lights are in the top of the cove for the door opening lever and at full brightness need a reflector above the lever to barely be able to be seen!
Forgot about the door sills, when they are closed, I don't see them. Never noticed the dash cluster logo either (but yes it's there). Outwardly, the only thing that really identifies the car as a M240i is the trunk lid IMO.

Didn't the M235i have front fender M logos too?
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:36 PM
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Didn't the M235i have front fender M logos too?
mine doesn't
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Wonder if they were only on the Euro models? The link is a 2014 M235i review and that example has the side fender logos (just above and behind the front wheels).

http://www.canadianautoreview.ca/rev...BMW-M235i.html
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Forgot about the door sills, when they are closed, I don't see them. Never noticed the dash cluster logo either (but yes it's there). Outwardly, the only thing that really identifies the car as a M240i is the trunk lid IMO.

Didn't the M235i have front fender M logos too?
Mine doesn't as well. Though did add 4 more by installing the M logo valve stem caps on the wheels. Ha.
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Didn't the M235i have front fender M logos too?
In the US, the 2014 model year was the only one that had the M logos
on the fenders.

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Any way back on track - has anyone found a tape/wrap that properly does a match/close match for the "M" colors for the stripes?

No I don't mean any kind of lavender/purple for the near navy blue middle stripe either.
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:00 PM
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This $0.99 stripe kit probably won't help.
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:22 PM
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Hmm, looks good on the monitor, and for a couple bucks shipped, no terrible loss if it doesn't. THX
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