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Old 03-18-2017, 08:41 PM   #1
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Are kidney grille tabs able to be quick fixed?



I hate when I pop the hood and the kidney thing almost falls out.
It looks like a failed repair. Any quick fix for the broken tab?

Are they worth replacing? I only want the OEM look.
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Old 03-18-2017, 08:56 PM   #2
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Silicon sealer/adhesive in key spots is a good option.
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Old 03-18-2017, 08:56 PM   #3
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No quick fix for the tab itself but you may be able to zip tie the grille back in place, depending on the failed tab. I was able to.

Replacement kidney grilles are relatively inexpensive.
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:26 PM   #4
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You can apply tape from the back to hold in place till ready to replace. One was like that when i got the car. Later the other fell out on a stop. No clue it was coming.

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Old 03-18-2017, 10:37 PM   #5
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I used picture hanging wire as a temporary fix. It couldn't be seen from the front and held the grills in tight. Just wrapped the wire around the grills and then through holes in the underside of the hood. Twist to tighten and you are good.

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Old 03-18-2017, 10:42 PM   #6
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It is possible using zip ties or wire to secure the grille but replacement is the best option.

A Genuine BMW grille is around $60 for the facelift model. I had to replace mine after attempts to secure the grille with broken tabs.

New grille simply pushes in from the front of the hood and snaps into place.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:18 AM   #7
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In my photo, there seems to be epoxy on the hood part of the grille.
Is the hood damaged as well as the grille tab?
Could a new grille not be the entire problem since the hood part it clips into is also broken, right?

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Old 03-19-2017, 08:36 AM   #8
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In my photo, there seems to be epoxy on the hood part of the grille.
Is the hood damaged as well as the grille tab?
Could a new grille not be the entire problem since the hood part it clips into is also broken, right?
Compare it to the other side after scraping the epoxy off the metal tab.
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I fashioned hooks out of a coat hanger. Worked like a charm.
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:57 AM   #10
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Double-sided mounting tape (up to a 30lb hold rating) works wonders.
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:48 AM   #11
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Replacement kidney grilles are relatively inexpensive.
Not the Genuine ones! Them sh*ts is costly. The inexpensive ones are the matte/gloss black which are fine if that's the look you're into. I'm all about the OE look so they won't work for me. I ain't buyin' new OEs until I break down and say OK I'm buyin' new OEs.

What I did was to lodge pieces of EVA foam (the stuff they used for the midsoles of 1970's jogging shoes) in between the broken tab on the grille and the metal tab on the hood where the broken tab was supposed to click into. I obtained the foam among packaging materiel I got when I bought a PC power supply. Works like a charm- hasn't come loose and I've done several thousand miles of 105 mph interstate travel in heavy crosswinds etc. No need to drill holes, use goops or zipties, etc. Just jam some foam in there.
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Not the Genuine ones! Them sh*ts is costly. The inexpensive ones are the matte/gloss black which are fine if that's the look you're into. I'm all about the OE look so they won't work for me. I ain't buyin' new OEs until I break down and say OK I'm buyin' new OEs.



What I did was to lodge pieces of EVA foam (the stuff they used for the midsoles of 1970's jogging shoes) in between the broken tab on the grille and the metal tab on the hood where the broken tab was supposed to click into. I obtained the foam among packaging materiel I got when I bought a PC power supply. Works like a charm- hasn't come loose and I've done several thousand miles of 105 mph interstate travel in heavy crosswinds etc. No need to drill holes, use goops or zipties, etc. Just jam some foam in there.


It depends on what you call expensive. You can get Genuine BMW OE replacements for $50-$65 depending on if it is prefacelift or facelift. I went this route because I did not want to have to rig up a holding device. Fix it right and check it off the list for another 12-15 years.

I found my prices on FCP Euro and ECS Tuning which offer free shipping over $50.
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The inexpensive ones are the matte/gloss black which are fine if that's the look you're into. I'm all about the OE look so they won't work for me.
I am an OEM look guy as well and I replaced mine from EBay for under $60. I had ordered them before I came upon the coat hanger hook fix.
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FCP shows the Genuine grilles are $80 apiece. $160 for the set. I consider that expensive. I'll probably end up buying a pair eventually just not motivated to do so right now especially since my kludge worked out.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:27 AM   #15
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I did the same thing with the foam. I used rectangular pieces from a thick yoga mat.
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:29 PM   #16
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FCP shows the Genuine grilles are $80 apiece. $160 for the set. I consider that expensive. I'll probably end up buying a pair eventually just not motivated to do so right now especially since my kludge worked out.
yea, especially when they are just gonna get brittle and break again smdh.....
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:29 PM   #17
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I just used clear caulking for like window installation etc. $7.00 and your set at your local hardware shop.
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FCP shows the Genuine grilles are $80 apiece. $160 for the set. I consider that expensive. I'll probably end up buying a pair eventually just not motivated to do so right now especially since my kludge worked out.
I got mine for 30 or 40 bucks each on Amazon. It looks identical to the OEM chrome.
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