kmoy2002
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Shadowline (gloss black) Grille DIY

Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:56 pm

I've always found the chrome/satin grilles to be ill-fitting to the laurel grey i3 considering they are the only silver trim bits on the exterior of the vehicle. Fortunately, you they can be easily removable and wrapped in gloss black vinyl. Here's how.

First, begin by removing the four torx bits holding each grille under the hood. Three are located on the lower edge of the grill and the fourth on the upper center. Once removed, the grilles are held in place by adhesive. Begin by pulling on one edge until the grille starts to un-adhere to the hood. This takes some effort. I found it easier to leverage the grilles with the hood in the closed position.

Once removed, the grilles themselves are a two piece construction. They are separated by clips. Undo these and you will have your frozen blue and satin silver piece.
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Clean the grilles. Once dry, begin by applying your vinyl. This takes time. I found it best to lay the vinyl flay and press the grille into the vinyl. Apply heat and mold the vinyl to the contours of the grille.
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Installation is the reverse of the removal. I opted not to apply more adhesive as the 4 torx screws firmly hold the grilles in place.
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2014 BMW i3
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justanotherdrunk
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Re: Shadowline (gloss black) Grille DIY

Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:41 pm

i like it

very sharp!

8-)
2014 i3 BEV
Solar Orange/ Mega

CJacobsen
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Re: Shadowline (gloss black) Grille DIY

Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:12 am

Hi, I tried to do the same thing as you. However, I do not dare using force when "un-adhering" the kidneys. Do you have any trick? All four screws on each kidney is of course removed.

gt1
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Re: Shadowline (gloss black) Grille DIY

Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:44 pm

Very nice.

GI3L
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Re: Shadowline (gloss black) Grille DIY

Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:54 pm

did you make any pics with the grill off
so there a hole or just the hood?

maybe for aerodynamics those can be left off and then make smooth

CJacobsen
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Re: Shadowline (gloss black) Grille DIY

Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:13 am

I managed to get the kidneys off using my wife's hair drier. I plastidipped both parts matte black for a more serious appearance.

@GI3L: I would not leave them off. There are "slots" with holes and nooks that don't look good neither aerodynamic. The holes are through the underside of the hood and into the kidneys.

GI3L
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Re: Shadowline (gloss black) Grille DIY

Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:59 am

so you cannot just srew them off?

mm those holes can be filled ;-)

CJacobsen
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Re: Shadowline (gloss black) Grille DIY

Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:04 am

Does not look good without kidneys. There is sort of a "socket" for them both on the frunk. A lot of hole filling to be done in that case.

SSoIaF
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Re: Shadowline (gloss black) Grille DIY

Mon May 06, 2019 11:34 am

I created a video on how I removed the kidney grilles from the i3 hood! Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/oP0AB6y2h7o

inteillaalls
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Re: Shadowline (gloss black) Grille DIY

Fri May 29, 2020 6:55 am

I highly recommend nylon pry tools for this job.
BMX i3 2017 - black 94Ah

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