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Old 07-26-2007, 05:30 PM   #21
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Old 07-26-2007, 07:08 PM   #22
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i like how you're using your NBC mask for this. hahaha. i gave mine back. but i had the other style with the single visor. i seriously hate those things.
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Old 08-29-2007, 04:38 PM   #23
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Old 11-04-2007, 02:48 AM   #24
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Nice DIY !!!

Nice writeup. Question for ya. I'm trying to remove the trunk handle and having a hell of a time removing the wiring. I kind of hoped the wires would sit on a standard clip in/off type socket but it looks like the wires do not come off the trunk handle. How did you take yours apart?
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:50 AM   #25
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Mine just had a simple plug that clipped into the back. I unplugged it and that was it. I'm not sure if your car is different or not. Mine is a 2000 323i sedan so, ?? I can't really look at my car to give you any more info, since I'm in Iraq now.

Can anybody else help out? Anybody else have this problem?
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:39 PM   #26
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well, I've received my CF CSL trunk and was so eager to install it, I tried that night at 9:00pm. Suffice to say, I found the exact same "problems" on mine. Needless to say, I don't own a dremel nor did I want to take the time to take off those damn annoying pieces off my old trunk (ie pieces for trunk handle and license plate). So today I bought new pieces and a dremel!

I just finished enlarging some areas, but will have to wait for tommorow to finish everything off.

A very awesome DIY you wrote up there, and you got everything dead on. (except I didn't have to take off the wire connectors,, you just have to turn and work it through the hole.

I'll keep you updated!

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Old 06-17-2008, 03:33 PM   #27
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can anyone tell me how to remove the lock on the trunk.
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:54 PM   #28
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can anyone tell me how to remove the lock on the trunk.
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mmm... if I remember correctly, there are two screws (black in color) on the lock module... remove those, twist & turn until the lock plate matches the "hole" on the trunk... then pull up lightly, should come right off...

sorry for the terms used, but I hope you get the general idea...
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:19 PM   #29
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If i would have read this before i put mine on it would have came in handy i mean mine came out just fine but i didnt really want to make the hole bigger or make new ones i did anyways but i thought i was going to mess it up but yeah you explaind it perfectly good job
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Old 06-26-2008, 03:34 AM   #30
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If I can add. My bodyshop guy showed me on one of these aftermarket tawain trunks that the threads the bolts go into the trunk aren't as long. So use a washer so when the bolt is put in it doesn't go all the way in and hit the top and crack the clearcoat.


Also, be careful not to torque the trunklight in too tight on the inside by the keyhole. It can stress from the underside and crack the clear there too (since it's not two layers with a hollow core there).

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Old 07-07-2008, 09:12 AM   #31
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very nice DIY thread
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:28 PM   #32
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:55 AM   #33
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the trunk looks good.....nd the car looks sickkkkk
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:19 AM   #35
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Let's bump this excellent and very helpful DIY! I may have to use it very soon!
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #36
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i'm going to go ahead and bump the old thread and ask, has anyone modified the long handle bar to fit with this trunk? it seems i could easily just break off the 2 clips and put double side tape there to make it work. i don't like the short ones.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:58 PM   #37
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i'm going to go ahead and bump the old thread and ask, has anyone modified the long handle bar to fit with this trunk? it seems i could easily just break off the 2 clips and put double side tape there to make it work. i don't like the short ones.
I wouldn't trust double sided tape for something like that.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:04 PM   #38
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im going to use the remaining original clips and screws, but add double side tape for shits and giggles. theres 1 clip on each side of the long handle bar preventing me from installing it. just wondering if anyone else broke it off and installed the remaining clips.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:16 PM   #39
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Nice write up.... Had same problems with the modbargains csl trunk ..... I guess same trunk ......

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:22 PM   #40
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I just removed my CSL trunk and put the stock one back on.

I used speedclips to hold the handle on it. if yours doesn't have enough holes, its easy enough to drill holes in the trunk to put it on. These trunks aren't reinforced the strongest. So your best bet is to evenly distribute the load from the trunk handle.


this is a speedclip.

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