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535ix Sport w/ OEM M5 kidney grills

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I'm feel'n it. :D What do you think? :dunno: Anyone want to buy my stock kidneys? ;)

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Looks great, but the difference is so subtle no one would ever notice.
It's an M5, Congrats!

Looks good, go with it
Looks great! What's the price on the M5 grills?
Looks really good - that's one of the changes I've considered for mine. Its a small change but it can really change the front-end look.
I'm feel'n it. :D What do you think? :dunno: Anyone want to buy my stock kidneys? ;)
exactly! I'm a subtle kind of guy. not looking for flash. I notice and that's all the matters. :rofl:
Looks great, but the difference is so subtle no one would ever notice.
I threw away the receipt without even looking that close. I think it was about $80 for each side and they (dealer) charged $40 to install. I could have maybe tried to put it in myself, but I've read a few stories about guys having to really crank to get them out so I didn't want to risk possibly breaking something.
Looks great! What's the price on the M5 grills?
You can get them for about $55 each and put them in yourself. It's not hard and you don't have to "crank" anything as long as you have a T-25 torx and about 20 minutes.
I threw away the receipt without even looking that close. I think it was about $80 for each side and they (dealer) charged $40 to install. I could have maybe tried to put it in myself, but I've read a few stories about guys having to really crank to get them out so I didn't want to risk possibly breaking something.
Ah, but you know, I do. and believe it or not, every time I look at the car I think.....that looks SO much better.
Looks great, but the difference is so subtle no one would ever notice.
Yeah I dont see the difference. They look stock to me
Looks great, but the difference is so subtle no one would ever notice.
Where the stock 535 grilles are chrome on the leading edge of the slat and matte black on the sides, the M5's are gloss black / matte black.

In pictures, the gloss black makes them look much like the stock 535 grilles due to the reflection. In person, it looks much different.

On my pic here, you can see it a little better. There are still reflections, though.



Stock Grille:

Yeah I dont see the difference. They look stock to me
i ordered M5 grilles and 3 times the left grille was different from the dealer. it has 10 fins instead of 12.
Looks OK, but if you have no other chrome on your car I'd go with the OEM all black.
Horses for courses.

Even with no other chrome, I do not like the all black look. To me, it looks like the grilles are missing.
Looks OK, but if you have no other chrome on your car I'd go with the OEM all black.
The M5 grille works on darker cars.

This horse also likes and respects the look of all black grilles. It looks all business and reminds me of decaf coffee.

For lighter color F10s, I was wondering how the 535i grille would look with the chrome ring blacked out.
Has anyone with an M5 changed their grills to the 535 ones? lol
And I don't know if anyone noticed.. But the 'M5' grills are simply regular F30 grills
As in the same part #?? Wow. They definitely do have a similar look.

The F10 M5 grille style is the same style (chrome outer ring and black slats) that BMW has used on their 3-series (and others) since their first generation E21 in 1975. It looked more standard and similar to today starting with the E36 in 1990, and of course with the E46 starting in 1998.

To me the F10 M5 grille is a much more common traditional look. It still looks good on our F10 :thumbup:.

Btw, the only reason I know these details is from looking at Wikipedia. Lol.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_3_Series
And I don't know if anyone noticed.. But the 'M5' grills are simply regular F30 grills
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