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Old 10-17-2011, 12:09 PM
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Fender Reflector Replacement

I want to replace the orange reflectors on the front fenders of my 335is. Nordic_Kat provided a great description of how to do this (thanks, Kat). My question is where do I buy the replacement pieces? I looked through the Bavarian Auto catalog but didn't find them.


Opps. I just found them on their website. They sell clear and smoked. I have a titanium silver (TiAg) coupe so I assume I need the clear set. Has anyone done this on a TiAg vehicle? I'm just a bit concerned about the color match, although it worked fine on Kat's Space Gray Vert.

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Old 10-17-2011, 12:39 PM
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The paint matched version I used came from Bimmian. I too, was concerned about paint match when I did it so I queried DSX and Professor Cook who had both done the delete. DSX told me that his came from Bimmian and he was happy with the results on his TiAg coupe.

I think the Bimmian parts may be available from J-Levi Streetworks.
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:32 PM
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If you decide upon clear or smoked, ECS sells them for only $2.95 a pair.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E92-335...ctor/ES205213/

The shipping is considerably more expensive than the part! (I then compulsively decided to buy their 4 piece aluminum pedal set at the same time, and am glad I did.)

If you go with the above route, I suppose you could buy both the clears and smoked, to dry fit them and see for yourself in person. I mean, it's $3 for that much more peace of mind, and you could probably very easily sell them to make that $3 back if you wanted, or perhaps gift it out instead.

There seem to be a variety of ways to do this mod, and I don't remember how Kat did it. I do recommend the products I used, including a heat gun ($20), and 3M general purpose adhesive remover. In the short time that I've had the latter, it's already been used for tar, bugs, wheel weight residue, cosmoline, and of course reflector doubled sided tape. Hair dryer got me nowhere fast, and the 3M is the bomb! I hope the pic shows below.

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Old 10-17-2011, 02:20 PM
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I got a pair of smoked ones from another bimmian, and ordered a set of painted ones from ECS that were on sale (but won't get them - just got a note they don't have them anymore ).

I put the smoked ones on last week. There is a long DIY thread, a search should reveal it easily.

I didn't have a hair dryer, so decided to just see how glued on they were. One of the DIY mentions using a thin plastic card (like a loyalty card or similar) to break the seal from the outside. I did it this way, pushing the corner of the card gently in between the reflector and the thin side (worked it first, so the still-glued parts supported the pressure). To my surprise, the card corner slid right through with just medium pressure, bending itself to the "L" shape of the fitting in the process. I kept pushing until it was completely in (width-wise), then just slid it gently along the edge, breaking the seal (much like you do with dental floss when removing a badge). Just be careful to watch that the edge of the card isn't catching the paint on the lip of the opening (I didn't have any trouble with this, but was paranoid watching it). Once I did the thin side towards the wheel opening, I did the short ends, and then it popped right out. About 20 minutes on the first one, because I was being very gentle. The second side I knew how hard to push, and it only took about 5 minutes to get the reflector out. The pain was cleaning the old adhesive out - I didn't have any goo remover stuff, had to rely on WD40 and my fingers.

Anyway, with a dryer it'd be even easier I think, but I definitely recommend using a thin card to slip between the reflector and the body to break the adhesive loose...thinner than a credit card, but stiff enough to be able to push against some. A store loyalty card is probably the best example I can give as to the right thickness. Much easier than trying to get something between the body and the reflecetor from inside the wheelwell.

Note that you will trash the card, mine got bent up on all four corners as I used 2 "fresh" corners per side, and they get bent pretty easily.

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I just heated mine with my wife's hair dryer (thought my heat gun would be to hot) then pushed it out with my thumbs supporting the fender with my fingers. Real quick job. Have the smoke ones in now but also ordered a set of clear because they are so cheap. Have not decided which to go with or just paint a set Space Gray. The smoke is lighter in real life then in the picture but I would still like it a trace lighter.



I also added a set of smoke side lights.
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Have not decided which to go with or just paint a set Space Gray. The smoke is lighter in real life then in the picture but I would still like it a trace lighter.
Here is what my paint matched Space Gray delete looks like. I toyed with doing the smoked ones, but thought they might look a tad too dark, especially as SG such a chameleon of a color.

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Looks nice...how did you match the paint?
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Looks nice...how did you match the paint?
I didn't. These are the stock out of the box Space Gray reflector inserts made by Bimmian and sold by J-Levi Streetworks.
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