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Old 11-08-2005, 09:10 AM   #1
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Question about Roundel Removal

I have searched thru the forums and came across the following instructions:

Use small flathead screwdriver - wrap in cloth or use credit card so that the paint does not get scratched. Slide screwdriver under the roundel at 3 and 9 o'clock positions and pull the roundel out carefully.

My question though is regarding the grommets... when pulling out the roundel do these grommets get detached from the pins and if so then do I need to be extra careful and catch these before they fall into the engine bay area?
Also when putting my new roundels on (I bought some replacement CF roundels) will I slide the new roundel on first into the holes and then connect the grommet to each pin on the back side of the hood and trunk lid?

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Old 11-08-2005, 09:42 AM   #2
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The grommets might or might not come out with the roundel, it doesn't matter, just pull them out with pliers if they stay in there. When replacing, new grommets go in first. Check out this DIY http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...30-Roundel.htm
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The grommets might or might not come out with the roundel, it doesn't matter, just pull them out with pliers if they stay in there. When replacing, new grommets go in first. Check out this DIY http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...30-Roundel.htm
Hey,
I actually printed out that tech article on pelicanparts.com prior to posting my question here.

But I'm still confused even after reading the tech article... are you saying that the grommets are capable of sliding thru the holes? I was under the impression that only the pins were capable of sliding thru the holes but that the grommets were too big to slide thru the holes.
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:24 AM   #4
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Hey,
I actually printed out that tech article on pelicanparts.com prior to posting my question here.

But I'm still confused even after reading the tech article... are you saying that the grommets are capable of sliding thru the holes? I was under the impression that only the pins were capable of sliding thru the holes but that the grommets were too big to slide thru the holes.

The gromments can't fall through cuz it has a lip, so you don't have to worry about the gromments falling out. search bavauto.com for the gromments and you'll see what I'm talking about. Hope this helps..
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The gromments can't fall through cuz it has a lip, so you don't have to worry about the gromments falling out. search bavauto.com for the gromments and you'll see what I'm talking about. Hope this helps..
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The gromments can't fall through cuz it has a lip, so you don't have to worry about the gromments falling out. search bavauto.com for the gromments and you'll see what I'm talking about. Hope this helps..
I think I'm starting to understand now... "deutsch325" mentioned that the grommets get put on the pins first, therefore the grommet should be able to slide thru the holes, however since the grommets have a lip then that prevents the grommet from sliding all the way thru the hole, right?

In other words, the grommet lip lies in between the back of the roundel and the hood for example, right?
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The grommets might or might not come out with the roundel, it doesn't matter, just pull them out with pliers if they stay in there. When replacing, new grommets go in first. Check out this DIY http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...30-Roundel.htm
Hey, I wound up replacing my roundels with no problems. When I pulled the old roundel out the grommets stayed in the hood and trunk lid. I didn't remove these grommets and just left them in there. I then took my new CF roundels and pushed them into place. I hope this is okay. They seem like they're securely on there.
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The grommets should be ok. I think if you were taking off/putting on the roundels alot, a new set of $.62 grommets would be in order.

A tip I'll pass along about removing the roundels. I have seen a case where someone used a screwdriver and put a small dent in the hood. Even with the screwdriver wrapped. What a detailer friend told me to do was use a heavy duty packing tape. Take 2 pieces about 12" long and fold each in half lengthwise, taping it to itself so to speak. Slip an edge of the tape under the roundel at the top and the other piece at the bottom. Pull both ends up together and the roundel pops right off without any risk of damage. Neat trick that works well.
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The grommets should be ok. I think if you were taking off/putting on the roundels alot, a new set of $.62 grommets would be in order.

A tip I'll pass along about removing the roundels. I have seen a case where someone used a screwdriver and put a small dent in the hood. Even with the screwdriver wrapped. What a detailer friend told me to do was use a heavy duty packing tape. Take 2 pieces about 12" long and fold each in half lengthwise, taping it to itself so to speak. Slip an edge of the tape under the roundel at the top and the other piece at the bottom. Pull both ends up together and the roundel pops right off without any risk of damage. Neat trick that works well.
Excellent tip.

I wish I had gotten this tip before I removed my roundels. I did put a very small nick mark on my front hood roundel near the "W" because of the screwdriver (I used a very small flathead wrapped in a cloth with a credit card laying flush against the roundel). Oh well, I don't plan on reusing my old roundels so it's not too big of a deal.
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