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Old 04-18-2012, 05:22 PM
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beautiful car, just not feeling the carbon fiber trim. to each his/her own.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:06 PM
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Thanks for posting sockethead, it looks great. I have been contemplating putting black grills on my Lemans, but wasn't sure how it would look. I might try color matched surrounds with black slats though.

Are the black grills and vents you bought OEM? The ebay ones are tempting at $50.
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Thanks for posting sockethead, it looks great. I have been contemplating putting black grills on my Lemans, but wasn't sure how it would look. I might try color matched surrounds with black slats though.

Are the black grills and vents you bought OEM? The ebay ones are tempting at $50.
Don't do the ebay for $50. I did. They fit like shit. They fill in the space 90% well, but the clips don't do shit as far as keeping them in place. Those were returned. The ecs tuning ones suck too. They have a thick ass brow. I'll find pics.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:52 PM
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Don't do the ebay for $50. I did. They fit like shit. They fill in the space 90% well, but the clips don't do shit as far as keeping them in place. Those were returned. The ecs tuning ones suck too. They have a thick ass brow. I'll find pics.
Thanks SlickGT1, you just saved me $50. I guess I'll be getting the OEM 3.0 grills at $120 or painting mine.
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beautiful car, just not feeling the carbon fiber trim. to each his/her own.
Yea it's cool. The beauty of the DI-NOC is that you can just peel it off if you get sick of it

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Thanks for posting sockethead, it looks great. I have been contemplating putting black grills on my Lemans, but wasn't sure how it would look. I might try color matched surrounds with black slats though.

Are the black grills and vents you bought OEM? The ebay ones are tempting at $50.
I was feeling the same way but my GF really wanted them. I have to admit, they really change the look of it for the better IMHO. The only thing that isn't black on this model is the grilles and the hood vents. Changing to black really ties everything together.

If you do the color matched, please post a pic. I'd like to see hoe that looks.

The grilles came from Bimmian and the hood vents are BMW OEM off of ebay. The hood vents were really hard to find...

Slick, to be honest, the Bimmian grilles didn't fit that well either. I had to use hot glue along the bottom of both sides to get them to stay in. We'll see whether that makes it through the summer heat...

I've heard of some people having success with Plasti Dip...
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Great post Socket. I just sold my 4.8iS to my son and bought the 2011 X5M. Its amazing how good that 2006 looks even compared to the new one. He put the black gills on his and it looks great. on the LeMans Blue? OUTSTANDING. Where did you get the carbon? his steering wheel is dinged and needs a change.
He paid THIRTY DOLLARS for his gills. I dont know where tho.
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Great post Socket. I just sold my 4.8iS to my son and bought the 2011 X5M. Its amazing how good that 2006 looks even compared to the new one. He put the black gills on his and it looks great. on the LeMans Blue? OUTSTANDING. Where did you get the carbon? his steering wheel is dinged and needs a change.
He paid THIRTY DOLLARS for his gills. I dont know where tho.
Go with 3M 1080 Scotchprint. That's the latest.
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Great post Socket. I just sold my 4.8iS to my son and bought the 2011 X5M. Its amazing how good that 2006 looks even compared to the new one. He put the black gills on his and it looks great. on the LeMans Blue? OUTSTANDING. Where did you get the carbon? his steering wheel is dinged and needs a change.
He paid THIRTY DOLLARS for his gills. I dont know where tho.
Thanks, yea we are really happy with it. I put the last strut in last light which was extreemly easy to do so now the air susupension is fully refreshed. My GF loves the color that's the reason we got this particuar one.

I got the DI-NOC from Bimmian. It is a 3M product... not sure if it's that latest as
LeMansX5 said. you can order it in various sizes and they have an installtion video which shows how to wrap an X5 steering wheel. I'd order enough to allow for at least one screw up.... I had to do my console twice
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Slick, to be honest, the Bimmian grilles didn't fit that well either. I had to use hot glue along the bottom of both sides to get them to stay in. We'll see whether that makes it through the summer heat...
I just found out that my GF got the grilles from Ebay not Bimmian. Don't want to slam their product when it wasn't even theirs
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:29 PM
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Lemans/Black Grills

Picked up a pair of used 3.0 grills in great condition off of ebay for $30 and painted the surrounds Lemans Blue this weekend. I also plasti-dipped the hood vents until I order the OEM black ones. I used plasti-dip so that I can peel the paint off and go back to silver if I ever want to. I'm very happy with the new look!





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