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Old 01-06-2017, 06:47 PM
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Outside trim removal help please?

Hi, I am at body work / painting stage and I need help with trim removal please. I know it is 23 years old and brittle. I also know it is pop on trim, on later models. I am talking body side moldings and such. Anyone that knows the best way to remove and replace it, their help is appreciated. I bought the plastic pry bars but want to do little or no damage if I can. If I need to order replacement clips and such, that is fine, just want help on the best way to remove it, and find out if any are bolted inside the panels before I try to pry them off? Thanks
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Old 01-06-2017, 07:05 PM
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Hi, I am at body work / painting stage and I need help with trim removal please. I know it is 23 years old and brittle. I also know it is pop on trim, on later models. I am talking body side moldings and such. Anyone that knows the best way to remove and replace it, their help is appreciated. I bought the plastic pry bars but want to do little or no damage if I can. If I need to order replacement clips and such, that is fine, just want help on the best way to remove it, and find out if any are bolted inside the panels before I try to pry them off? Thanks
My e34 is a 92 and i know that the front and rear bumper trim are retained by clips. My car was rear ended a year ago and needed a new bumper. All i had to do is gently pry them off. No breaking or cracking. If you feel apprehensive about pulling them off with your hands any auto parts store sells panal pullers that will do the job. If you need mounting points i can send you a picture of my bumper before i reinstalled trim.
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Old 01-06-2017, 07:09 PM
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my e34 is a 92 and i know that the front and rear bumper trim are retained by clips. My car was rear ended a year ago and needed a new bumper. All i had to do is gently pry them off. No breaking or cracking. If you feel apprehensive about pulling them off with your hands any auto parts store sells panal pullers that will do the job. If you need mounting points i can send you a picture of my bumper before i reinstalled trim.
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Old 01-06-2017, 07:11 PM
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Door trim same applies. Just pop clips. good luck and id like to see the finished project!! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Old 01-06-2017, 10:19 PM
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Door trim same applies. Just pop clips. good luck and id like to see the finished project!! Let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks, Wow, that is sooooo helpful I bought the plastic pry bars to help not damage the parts, but seeing where the clips are helps so much. Hoping the doors are the same. Thanks for your help, it is nice to see other E34 owners helping each other, thanks again
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:21 PM
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No problem! Are you going to remove the bumpers when you paint?
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:36 PM
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No problem! Are you going to remove the bumpers when you paint?
I will remove the rear as I have seen it is 4 bolts, don't know about the front? The door trim I hope just pries off, not sure, but will find out when I try too? don't want to break it? It is old like me Thanks
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:39 PM
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If so, once trim is removed, you can access the nuts that hold the bumper on. On the sides of both front and rear bumper there are plastic retainers that have to be moved before completely removing bumpers. This can be done by taking a decent sized flathead screw driver and turning counter clockwise, either one quarter or half turn. Try to refrain from braking the plastic housing as they are one, difficult to replace, and two, difficult to obtain at a decent price. Furthermore, dont lose that little guy because that is the only thing holding the corners of the bumpers on to seamlessly join with the wheel well and quarter panel. Plus, nobody wants a flappy bumper haha, especially at highway speeds. Also, front bumper requires the front fenders to be removed. The rear bumper is as easy as pouring your morning cup of joe, compared to the front. So you might want to pour yourself two cups before you get to the front bumper. It took me about an hour or so since i went in blind without advice. Be safe have fun and would love to see the end result!
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:44 PM
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Haha i feel you. Im just as old as my 92 but with mine, she is still pretty resilient when if comes to cranking and being a little rough. Depending on the condition of yours, it should withstand a little elbow grease. Hints the reason bmws are the ultimate driving machine.
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:58 PM
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Front bumper: Remove trim, remove 4 nuts, pull bumper out. Takes ~5min

Here you find all you need https://www.bmwtechinfo.com/repair/main/741en/index.htm Front bumper removal 51-11.

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Old 01-06-2017, 11:00 PM
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Remove trim, remove 4 nuts, pull bumper out. Takes ~5min.
For the front or rear bumper?
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:12 PM
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Front bumper: Remove trim, remove 4 nuts, pull bumper out. Takes ~5min

Here you find all you need https://www.bmwtechinfo.com/repair/main/741en/index.htm Front bumper removal 51-11.
Thanks Eero! Idk why it took me so long to take off the front. I was almost like it was stuck on with all bolts removed. Im the second owner so it was probably the first time it was off since it was made. Appreciate the advice!!
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