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How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Car Tips | August 25th, 2010 by 27
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Many BMW fans are known for being adventurous when it comes to modding their own cars, from aesthetic upgrades to performance parts and upgraded interiors. …

Many BMW fans are known for being adventurous when it comes to modding their own cars, from aesthetic upgrades to performance parts and upgraded interiors. In the guide below, Lacster of 5post gives us a short picture demonstration on how to install your own BMW black grille.

The BMW Performance Aerodynamics Kit was released two years ago and includes a BMW kidney grille in black high-gloss look.

The black grille was installed on the new BMW 5 Series.

Guide

All you need is a Torx-20 screwdriver and about 20 minutes.

First off remove rubber strip in the center on the hood right in front of inside bumber.

How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Once done you should see two hex bolts underneath.
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Now you can start removing the 6 hex bolts using the Torx-20 screwdriver. The 2 in the center is straight forward but the two right on top of each headlight has a cover the needs to be removed first.
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

There’s two clips/locks holding the cover in place. All you need to do is with you fingers just pull the center pin up ( real easy )
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Below. Repeat on other side
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Once all screws are removed you’ll need to pull the center of the front bumper forward to remove chrome grilles. There’s nine clips holding it to the bumper. With one hand just pull the grill out on the portion of the grill where you are pushing the clip down with your other hand.

How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Once both grilles are removed you’ll see this.
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Now time to install BMW Performance Grilles.
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Side by side comparison.
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Time to put everything back. The two hex bolts on top of the headlights need to be put on first before the clips/lock pins.
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Then place the clip/lock pin in and press down then put lock pin in to secure.
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

The center piece removed in the beginning need to snap back in.
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Now the extra……. Painting silver trim near the fog lights.

All you have to do to remove the mesh is take two fingers and pull forward on each corner to remove the mesh.

How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Unclip the three parts holding the trim to the mesh.
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Paint trim with matte black or gloss spray paint. Your choice. I used matte black then reverse process and install.
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

Here’s the completed look.
How to install a BMW Performance Black Grille

[Source: 5post ]

  • Giom

    It looks stunning… especially in white. Not usually a fan of cosmetic changes like these, but in this case, it works really well.

    I drove a white 530d yesterday, and I must say, not only does it look better than anything else, it drives better too.

    The Five is a real winner!

    • Samir

      I just used your instructions to install my new black grills on my white bmw 640i xdrive gran coupe. It was the only identical instructions I could find for this relatively new vehicle.

      • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

        Thanks. Cool.

  • Ruslan-Kz

    Ugly. From 20 m kidney grilles looks like two holes between headlights. Chrome gives a car solidity. It is concerns to Hofmeister kink too.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Shincai

      Well some people like it and some people don’t like it.

    • Doug

      I like it, but he has a point about it not being visible enough. In fact, in many views the radiator behind it is more visible than the grille itself.

      • http://www.bmwblog.com Shincai

        The car is in a shadow that’s why it’s not visible.
        In the sun it is visible.

  • bob

    Why not do for the Kidneys what was done for the lower intake area — paint just the slats and leave the surround in chrome?

  • Wooo hoo.

    I WANT a F10!!!!!!

  • ferrarifan

    Like

  • FreudeKing

    I think the chrome looks better – this is an executive car. The bottom airdam also looks better with the silver line. It is so plane now, like an abnormally wide and ugly mouth

  • http://www.theultimateautomotiveblog.blogspot.com/ The Ultimate Automotive Blog

    White with Black grilles looks unique and goes well together. Looks smooth with the lower black grille as well

  • BMfan

    Chrome and aluminium external finishes and accents in a car gives it a royal kind of feel and in a black-colour car it comes out lovely. I can’t just be a fan of these blackening of cars.

  • tweer

    Looks miles better than the chrome, understated, It was easier on the X6 as the bonnet comes up and along with it the grille, lower bumper grilles were another story.

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  • Topianno

    Hello everyone,
    I have a few questions. Is this difficult to do? I am relatively mechanical but I am no mechanic and I’d hate to mess up my new 335i. I got a quote from the dealer to do it with BMW parts for upwards of $350 installed.

    Anyone have advice as to which grille set to buy and which one is the best?

    Im leasing my 335i, so would I need to revert my grille back to the OEM once I turn the vehicle back in?

    Thanks for the feedback!

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  • Martin

    I think it looks bad@$$

  • http://www.facebook.com/joecreighton28 Joe Creighton

    Just got through putting carbon fiber grilles in my 550i. Thanks for the help!! Let me add that you should be very careful putting these in as their is a rubber bonnet behind each grill that the grill should fit into. If the grill is not inside the bonnet, it could push the grills out (Won’t stay snapped into place). My tip… Carefully use a long screwdriver to push the bonnet outside the grill while snapping into place.

    • Sam

      Hi I have a 2012 650i coupe. I just bought new black grills and can i use the same procedure to change my front grills ?

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