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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 04-11-2010, 11:41 AM
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shadowline trim tape before and after...

Bought tape a couple of days ago... arrived yesterday. I did the install in about two hours. Install was very easy and im thrilled with the results. couple of ideas.

1. install with the windows up, the results are better!

2. order two rolls of tape. the extra money is worth it. you will screw it up once or twice, so do yourself a favor and order extra.

3. the lower door frame is the hardest part of the install. they have a folded edge and are a pain in the butt.

4. fingernails will knick the black tape. I learned this the hard way....

5. Get a sharp razorblade. I used a kitchen knife and I wish I had an exacto knife. all in all, im thrilled with the results and the ease of this mod.

here are the pics...
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:58 AM
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very nice . looks like it came that way
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:00 PM
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Nice!
Looks just like my first E39...any chance that one has manual a/c controls? If so, it was probably bought new by me.
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:07 PM
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Looks great.
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Old 04-11-2010, 03:56 PM
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Where i can get the shadow line trim tape?
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Old 04-11-2010, 04:02 PM
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How did you fold the tape around the lower part of the upper trim? It's easy on the top where you can take off the rubber weatherstripping, but i'm unsure as to how i'm going to fold it around the bottom part of the trim... I don't want it to come out easily. Btw I finished the bottom part but I'm just unsure about the rest :/ Looks great on your car!
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:41 PM
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top part was much easier than the bottom part. my advice would be to give it some extra room and then trim as necessary. again, the top side, including the bimmer curve, is really a very easy job. the door sill trim is much harder. the vinyl is very easy to stretch and look great. again, cant say how good and easy it is to install.
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:43 PM
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Where i can get the shadow line trim tape?
bmwshadowline.com

you wont be sorry...
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:48 PM
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Nice work!
Did you install this with all moldings on the car, or did you have to remove them?
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:50 PM
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installed with the moldings still on the car. I was going to tape off and do the rubber spray stuff and im glad i didnt. this was much easier...
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Old 04-11-2010, 06:03 PM
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bmwshadowline.com

you wont be sorry...
Does BMWshadowline recommend installing the vinyl with the trims still on the car?

Car looks great BTW!


Thanks!
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Old 04-11-2010, 06:21 PM
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Does BMWshadowline recommend installing the vinyl with the trims still on the car?

Car looks great BTW!


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check out the web site. most people install with the trim still on the car...
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:39 PM
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Good photos, good info. Looks great
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I looked at all the photos and I'm just not sure what is being accomplished.

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Old 04-11-2010, 10:39 PM
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I looked at all the photos and I'm just not sure what is being accomplished.

the Shadowline makes it look like it's an ///M-tech sport...not a regular 5 series
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:30 AM
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yeah, what he said...
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:04 AM
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ncmallard78,

Actually I was quite sure the upper part was much more difficult to do, since I pulled off the bottom part of the trim so I could apply the tape almost "perfectly" - I'll try it soon, you've given me confidence enough.
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:02 AM
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:43 AM
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the top part is almost completely flat. just lay the vinyl on and then stretch to pull out the kinks. seriously, it looks factory.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:29 AM
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Looks good!
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:46 PM
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Bought tape a couple of days ago... arrived yesterday. I did the install in about two hours. Install was very easy and im thrilled with the results. couple of ideas.

1. install with the windows up, the results are better!

2. order two rolls of tape. the extra money is worth it. you will screw it up once or twice, so do yourself a favor and order extra.

3. the lower door frame is the hardest part of the install. they have a folded edge and are a pain in the butt.

4. fingernails will knick the black tape. I learned this the hard way....

5. Get a sharp razorblade. I used a kitchen knife and I wish I had an exacto knife. all in all, im thrilled with the results and the ease of this mod.

here are the pics...
Better and easier way: sell your non-sport and buy a real one! Just the rear axle ratio is worth it!
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:57 PM
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Dude that's a great job. I did mine a few weeks ago and had a real hard time with the curve at the back. The tape I used was cheap pep-boys $hit though and I knew this would be a temp job as I will probably have it professionally painted. I just wanted to make sure it looked good and even my crapass job looks great from 5ft away or more. Yours looks great though man. Outstanding job!
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Old 05-15-2010, 08:55 AM
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