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Old 01-25-2012, 06:40 AM
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Z4 (08) Grille removal

I've looked at the write up on how to remove the front grilles on the Z4...but mine seem to be intransigent....how the heck do you get these things out without destroying them. I want to paint the vertical slats so that they don't appear so 'toothy'....

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Old 01-25-2012, 07:10 AM
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Check out the FAQs and How- tos section. Tells you how step by step.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:14 AM
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I just popped mine out and installed my new black ones last night. The first time I took them out a few months ago for something else I had to use a small screwdriver and carefully pry them loose. The tabs that hold them in are quite small so you don't have to move them much to free them up. like he said check out the how tos section but it should be pretty easy.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:35 AM
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Lift up as you pull the bottom out.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:35 AM
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I saw the tech write up and tried it, but not with too much success. Maybe I am not using enough force, or maybe I am just getting weaker.

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:51 AM
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Firm upward pull and the bottom comes out first.

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Old 01-28-2012, 05:33 AM
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Still no joy. Maybe I need a good pair of leather gloves....I'll get it one of these days...but if not, I'm sure my local mechanic will be more than happy to take 'em out for me. I just want to paint the slats...

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:12 AM
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OK

1. Find the middle of the grill, grip the bottom of the strakes and firmly pull upward.
2. While pulling firmly upward gently pull towards you.
3. It's now out.

Install

1. Put top in place first
2. Pust firmly on the bottom and slide in.
3. Make sure you hear "Snap" as the 4 clips engage.

Your done.

Can't make it any simpler. If they have never been out I am sure they will be a little tougher to get out but they should come out just with hand pressure. Maybe I need to post a video. LOL

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Old 01-28-2012, 06:39 PM
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Hahahaha, no need for a video. I will give it another shot on Monday ('cause as a workin' man, I have little time to do much else except work, eat, and sleep).

I want to make the front end look like yours, but with a Bright Red car, I want to retain the chrome, but blacken out the slats. If I don't like the chrome ring, I can do something with it later.

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:07 PM
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Hahahaha, no need for a video. I will give it another shot on Monday ('cause as a workin' man, I have little time to do much else except work, eat, and sleep).

I want to make the front end look like yours, but with a Bright Red car, I want to retain the chrome, but blacken out the slats. If I don't like the chrome ring, I can do something with it later.

Again, thanks.

jake
Do you want to buy my old stock grills cheap? The OEM Z4M grills sound like exactly what you want:
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:42 AM
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I was going to suggest the same thing Doc. Find someone's old M Kiddneys instead of doing all the painting that won't stick anyway. Or buy a set. Several places that have them. Stealth Auto, Roastersolutions, others.

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I have mine, but they are not for sale. In case I ever want to put the car back stock.
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He could also buy the full blackout grills as you and I have done and then move the chrome ring from his OEM grills to the new grills. The ring is separate from the grills.
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Will the fit the '08 and if so, how much do you want for them?

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Old 02-01-2012, 10:23 PM
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Will the fit the '08 and if so, how much do you want for them?

jake
Yes- the grills are the same from 06-08. I would take $35 shipped for my OEM's. I have the box my blackout grills came in to ship them in. Shoot me a PM if you want them.
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Grills

I'll take your grills if he doesn't want them.

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