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Old 10-21-2013, 05:04 PM
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I am looking for all gloss black grilles for my 2011 750LI with night vision. Can someone suggest a good place to buy online.


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Old 10-21-2013, 05:09 PM
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I am looking for all gloss black grilles for my 2011 750LI with night vision. Can someone suggest a good place to buy online.


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I have looked. They are not made in gloss black especially with night vision. You need to remove yours and have them painted or buy a new set, paint them and swap them out.
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:21 AM
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I have looked. They are not made in gloss black especially with night vision. You need to remove yours and have them painted or buy a new set, paint them and swap them out.
Thanks for your response. Do you know if the same is available in matte black.

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Old 11-06-2013, 11:36 AM
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I don't think so, because of the nightvision option.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:01 PM
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I'm in the same boat. I have a 2011 750 with night vision, and contemplating the same mod. There is another post on here that talks about buying the LCI grille as the new set, but in that scenario it was a night vision retrofit. I am wondering if the pre-lci camera will fit in the lci grille..

I am thinking of either doing all gloss black, or just the inside of the kidneys gloss black leaving the chrome surround. I think the last option would only look good on the lci grille because the pre-lci has a really thick chrome surround.

Also considering just platidiping the grille right on the car and using the glossifier.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:19 PM
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Looks like I am gonna have to plastidip them grilles. I will most probably dip the entire grille.

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Old 11-06-2013, 12:54 PM
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Looks like I am gonna have to plastidip them grilles. I will most probably dip the entire grille.

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Keep me posted on your progress if you dont mind. I was trying to decide if I should pull the grilles to avoid spraying plastidip through the grilles, or if I should put something behind the grilles to catch the spray.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:29 PM
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Ok, so here's the deal. You already know you can't get the gloss black for the night vision. Done.

I don't have night vision, but I do have the RWS, but that's not relevant here. But I do, so suck it Raj!

Initially I took out the grills (just takes a few hard yanks and they come out, might have to twist them a bit, but no broken tabs, I've done it quite a few times). I then used a scotch brite pad to get all the chrome off and then primed and painted them with 4 coats of paint. They looked pretty damn good but I got rock chips.

Then I decided to plasti dip them. I did four coats again and since it's self-leveling, they came out completely flat, look great! Just did it a few days ago. And no chips yet. I have not tried the glossifier yet, but I might.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:31 PM
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Thanks for sharing your insight DLF750. Do you think it will be better I scrub off the chrome before the dip or just dip over the chrome.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:37 PM
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I checked with the seller on ebay and he/she confirmed that the below grille they are selling will fit a 2011 750li with night vision. what do you think

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151080000081...S:1123&vxp=mtr
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:56 PM
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I checked with the seller on ebay and he/she confirmed that the below grille they are selling will fit a 2011 750li with night vision. what do you think

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151080000081...S:1123&vxp=mtr
I think they are wrong. Those pics are not nightvision grills.


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Old 11-06-2013, 04:00 PM
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I think they are wrong. Those pics are not nightvision grills.


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I agree.. I would ask them to send an actual pic of the grille to prove it.

It also say all sales are final, no returns unless there is defect
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Thanks for sharing your insight DLF750. Do you think it will be better I scrub off the chrome before the dip or just dip over the chrome.
Just plasti-dip over the chrome..no scrubbing required. Use glossifier after several coats of black for a glossy look. Works great!


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Old 11-06-2013, 04:17 PM
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Just plasti-dip over the chrome..no scrubbing required. Use glossifier after several coats of black for a glossy look. Works great!


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Did you pull them or spray while on the car?
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:11 PM
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Pull them off first. It's easy.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:31 PM
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Pull them off first. It's easy.
Do you have night vision?
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:03 AM
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No night vision on mine.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:26 AM
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No night vision on mine.
Nightvision is a waste IMO. I had it on my prior 7. Not needed. Be grateful you didn't waste money on it.
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cool. The RWS works better at night anyway.
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:52 PM
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Pull them off first. It's easy.
I'm surprised you didn't simply vinyl wrap your grills and trim them with your thumbnail like the doors

And yes the night vision is one of the most worthless and expensive gimmicks going. The only usefulness so far has been driving around our neighborhood so the kids can go "look, a squirrel, or there's Mr. Smith and his dog"

By the time you have averted your eyes far enough to look at the image you would have already run over someone. However, a large pool of blood on the pavement looks really awesome with the night vision, until it cools off that is . . . just sayin' . . .
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Nightvision is a waste IMO. I had it on my prior 7. Not needed. Be grateful you didn't waste money on it.
Yea, I dont really use it much(if at all), it was a CPO and it was already on there. I was really asking from the perspective of the grille removal.
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I'm going to vinyl wrap my kids next
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:54 PM
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RWS them first. Then wrap damn it. Get the order right!: A kid without an RWS at school is just a target for bullying.
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True. Sad but true
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