DIY: Removing and Upgrading Factory E36/E39/E34 Nose Panel Grills!
Okay...I remember this:
When I removed my old grill....
1) Open hood of car. Remove cowl trim above radiator (use a hex wrench to remove screws).
2) Now it gets hard because you need to squeeze your hand behind the grill area and find the clips around the grill. To understand how the grill clips into the nose panel study your new ebay grills and look at where those clips are the old ones on your car should be the same way. I used a butter knife and a flat nose philips to pry the clips open. I pryed and pulled, pryed and pulled for about 10-20 minutes before the clips on my old grill either flexed open all the way or broke off (at least 1 or 2 will). Make sure that only the plastic clips break and not anything else. In fact, they will break if you do it this way but you will NOT damage your nose panel. Now the tough clips are on the sides (one each) of each grill and these will either break or bend all the way open for the grill to come off. The are three on top and three on the bottom that also holds the old grill in place and these are very easier to pry open. The top and bottom clips flex open easily but its the clips on the side that are tough and that will eventually break. These are only plastic clips so the will not damage your car if you pry them hard. Just use the knife and the philips and you'll get them.
IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT attempt to pry off your old grills by wedging the butter knife or phillips between the outer chrome frame and the exterior of the nose panel in the front or you would scratch your paint and dent your panel. You are prying the clips open in the back whiles pull the grill out in the front from the black vertical sections (not the chrome frame).
4) When you get one side out put in the new grill to see if it fits and how it compares (just to be sure). If you're pleased then do the otherside.
5) Now you're done and if you didn't damage your old grills that much you can sell them on Ebay.
6) Once done. Step back. Take a picture. Now post pictures on United Bimmer so we could see :D
Whats that M Badge doing there?
That was a funny story...before I joined the forums I thought it was cool to have an ///M badge on my grill.
Boyee did I get a piece of everyone's mind on that very bad idea. :lol
Here is a testament to how durable the grills are.
Last may and X5 BMW backed into my front and dented my hood and nose panel but the Ebay grills were not damaged at all. It's solid chrome...there was no flaking or chiping at all.
Plus I've had the grills on my car for a year now ad it still looks great!
so the quality is very good.
Added to the Knowledge Base. :thumbup
Does this work with BEFORE 1995/6(facelift) grills?
I have 1993 320 and it has the "old" e36 grills. Would it work for me?
it should work with all e36 cars. 1992-1995
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