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Old 03-14-2009, 01:55 AM   #61
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:44 AM   #62
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I just did this last night and it took me about 3.5 hours to take it off, wrap it with shadowline, eat dinner, and put it back together.

TIPS!!!! I have a 2004 Coupe so it may vary.

1) When pulling the chrome bottom strip from the door, make sure when you pull back the rubber boot to access the strip that you do not pull off and drop the little hard plastic piece that bonds the boot to the strip. It WILL fall down the door gap. It's the little tooth piece that you have to line up when putting it back together. LEFENGAS has a picture of it on page one

2) On the coupe, the rear piece can be removed with dental floss, the same as when you debadge your car. It may be a lot easier if you heat it some first.

3) MAKE SURE SOME DUMBASS THAT HAD THE CAR BEFORE YOU DIDN"T TRY THIS AND STRIP SCREWS OUT. You may end up like me and get to the last piece and realize this. If I had known this I would have just left it

4) Shadowline TIP: Don't try to pull the tape and wrap it as you go. You will be in cluster**** heaven. Run it down the length of the chrome strip. Press the tape in the center (all the way down), then start from the top again and pull it tight and work your way down. Then start from the top again and work out bubbles/ gaps/ etc. If you try to wrap it all perfect the first time you will lose your mind. Think of it as spray painting, one step (coat) at a time.


It's really not that hard of a job, just time consuming and not for the impatient
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:08 AM   #63
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I guys I'm new to forums in general and I really appreciate all the help you guys give they are very helpful. I got a little problem with my rear window on my m3. You see I left my rear windows open over night and I guess someone thought it would be a good idea to pull it so the "stick" or whatever you can call it broke. The motor seems to work fine as it does go in and push out but when it goes in it won't pull the window all the way in. Leaving the window flapping when you are driving on the freeway.


Here is a picture I borrowed from LAFENGAS from this thread and moddified it a bit to show you what I mean.

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Old 05-16-2009, 07:40 PM   #64
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I would appreciate it if anyone could help me out with this problem.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:41 AM   #65
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my back trim is rotten so ill do this when i get back next year but i cant wait. this was what i been looking for. thanks again. also this will be a good time to do the chrome trim and change it out to black.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:36 PM   #66
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Thanks for this great thread!

I need some extra help: I pulled the weatherstrip on the rear window. Unfortunately for me all the double side tape stayed on the panel instead off coming of with the weatherstrip.

I've been going at it with hair dryer + box cutter blade but other than chopping my fingers I'm going nowhere fast.

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Old 08-22-2009, 10:28 AM   #67
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:25 AM   #68
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Alright well for anyone who cares, I used PB blaster and Goo Gone along with a blade to get rid of the stuff.
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:33 PM   #69
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What type of double sided tape did you guys use? The stuff I picked up at Staples is clear and sort of gel like. It's only about 1/32" thick, but looks to be thick enough to raise the trim off the paint and show a gap. Did you use more of a double sided scotch tape thickness or will the stuff I have be alright? I'm just trying to avoid doing it twice. Thanks for the help.
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wow great write up - bump for

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if someone can post the part # to get, that'd be great ! thanks!
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Has anyone found the part number for the trim in black anywhere? or a price?
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ECS Tuning has both the black and the chrome trim available. The black trim is about half the price of the chrome trim. I got my chrome lower trim today and I'll be putting that on this weekend.
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15 Finisher, side frame left SCHWARZ 1 from 12/1999 51717003935
15 Finisher, side frame right SCHWARZ 1 from 12/1999 51717003936
15 Finisher, side frame left CHROM 1 from 12/1999 51717003937
15 Finisher, side frame right CHROM 1 from 12/1999 51717003938
15 Finisher, side frame left GLANZSCHWARZ 1 from 12/1999 51717030845
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I put on the lower trim for the rear quarter window's yesterday and I have just a couple of things I'd add; if you can, sit the car in the direct sunlight to soften the adhesive; hair dryer works, but not as well as freaking 100+ degree heat from the sun haha. Also, if you can pry the chrome trim off first, that makes it a ton easier. I lifted the trim with my left hand and took a fine knife in my right and slowly severed the adhesive. You'll be left with the residue, but nothing you do will take that off completely unless you're looking to add another 2 hours to the job.

I also took a fine cutting blade from the hardware store and after applying goo gone, I ran the blade, flat edge, against the adhesive - took 90% of it first try.

This DIY is excellent and it WILL take at least 3 hours to complete, but when done - awesome! Great write up!
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Open the vent window and take pictures of your problem to post here. It could be anything any part in the assembly that snapped. It could also simply be that the ball and socket are disconnected (the attachment mechanism for the vent windows). You may simply be able to snap it back together.
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