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Old 11-12-2014, 06:00 PM
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Another Interior Trim Question......

I didn't want to hijack the "Ash vs. Anthracite" thread, so starting new.

I have a 435i Coupe, M-Sport. Black on black, EXCEPT that darn Aluminum Hex trim. I obtained a very good deal on the car earlier this year, so figured I could learn to live with the Hex trim. Well, I was wrong and seriously thinking of replacing the Hex.

The strip at the bottom of the Hex trim I have is piano black. That I like. All the pictures I have seen of the 3 wood variants available all have an aluminum strip at the bottom.

1) Is that thin strip (be it red, blue, alum or black) a part of the wood/aluminum trim or is it a separate piece??

2) If it is a part of the trim itself, can it be taken off and replaced?? In other words, could I use my current piano black with another trim option??

I really want to replace the Hex with wood trim (Ash or Anthracite), but don't really like the idea of inheriting the aluminum strip at the bottom. I think either wood color would look decent with my current piano black, but didn't know if I could work that or not.

If not, I may have to look at the carbon fiber I see advertised. That is a unique look, not exactly what I am looking for at 54 years old , but better than Hex.

Any thoughts or comments regarding my questions would be appreciated.
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Old 11-12-2014, 06:05 PM
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I, too, thought I could live with the aluminum Hex/blue but I found I couldn't. I replaced it with burlwood and am happy.

The strip cannot be easily removed. It is a separate piece but is integrated with the main trim piece with rivet like connectors. You can always find someone to buy your trim.
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:33 AM
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I, too, thought I could live with the aluminum Hex/blue but I found I couldn't. I replaced it with burlwood and am happy.

The strip cannot be easily removed. It is a separate piece but is integrated with the main trim piece with rivet like connectors. You can always find someone to buy your trim.
Where did you obtain your replacement trim, If I may ask? I have the base line which has the aluminum looking plastic trim and would love to swap it for burled walnut.
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:58 AM
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Where did you obtain your replacement trim, If I may ask? I have the base line which has the aluminum looking plastic trim and would love to swap it for burled walnut.
I have the same plastic aluminum. Im think of painting them gunmetal or gloss black.

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Old 11-13-2014, 06:11 AM
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I found my replacement trim in the classified listings on this site but it also shows up on eBay. Expect to pay about $300. As long as you don't damage yours in removal you can resell it. There is a good DIY on removal/replacement. It should take less than an hour.
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There is a company (name escapes me right now) that offers good looking carbon fiber layered trim. It's a sticker layer but looks good from what I can see.

Most of the wood available for F30s doesn't look great, so that's the way I would go. Some wood is too yellow, other is monochrome but just looks washed out instead of cool, and all of it under bulletproof thick paint like a MIM Fender. The CF sticker stuff isn't cheap but then new panels bought from BMW aren't either. I think the only nice trim in stock F30s is the gloss black, and that's spot line only (no m-sport).
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:35 PM
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Andy at http://www.carbonfibermods.com does nice carbon fiber work. He actually bought my aluminum hex over blue and is now offering a carbon fiber over blue set.
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