IND Distribution just wrapped a do it yourself guide on how to install a kidney grille on a BMW X5 M. The subtle mod adds a sporty touch to the front of the vehicle and makes it stand out even more.

The complete guide is easy to read, effortless to do and will give you a sense of self-accomplishment as well. Here is the full DIY guide for installation of the black kidney grilles.

Step 1: The first step in this procedure is to mask the area on the bottom and sides of the front kidney grilles. This is a precautionary step to protect the vehicles paint.


Step 2: This is the aforementioned “unconventional” approach to the front grill removal. Using two microfiber towels, grasp the vertical slats second furthest from either end of the kidney grill.


Step 3: Use even force and pull the front kidney grills toward your body. This may take a few tries, but if performed properly it will release without breaking the tabs.


Step 4: Repeat Step 3 with the other kidney grill


Step 5: Remove the painters tape and install the gloss black kidney grilles. The grilles will click into place.


Both the BMW X5M and BMW X6M feature the enlarged kidney grilles, a staple of newer BMW models. Cleaning the front fascia by removing the chrome kidney grille surrounds makes the cars look cleaner. It may be subtle, but the end result is rather impressive. You can check out the installation, combined with before/after images in the media gallery below.