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Old 04-23-2010, 12:05 AM   #1
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DIY - Trunk Lid Grip Fix (With Photos)

http://bimmerinfo.com/diy/bmw-trunk-lid-grip/

If your Trunk Lid Grip is loose or one or more of your screws are no longer secured to your trunk lid, then you can use this DIY to secure the trunk lid grip to the trunk lid and once again securely reuse the grip to open and close your trunk without worries your grip will rip off.

I decided to finally get around to fixing this issue which was bugging me for some time and just put this DIY together tonight.

On the DIY scale this is about a 2. You do need some specific tools and parts depending on your situation. It takes about an 1 hr to 1.5 depending on how fast you work.

I'll put some photos directly here, but everything including the DIY is up above. Good Luck!









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Old 04-27-2010, 07:07 AM   #2
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:37 PM   #3
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very nice write up....i just noticed this on mine the other day...the 2 on the right were broken...i just used 3m double sided tape for now.
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:45 PM   #4
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I am confuse. overall nice DIY with clear details and plenty of pictures. However, I am a little confuse. You did not give any background explaining the problem and what you are trying to fix
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:49 PM   #5
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I am confuse. overall nice DIY with clear details and plenty of pictures. However, I am a little confuse. You did not give any background explaining the problem and what you are trying to fix
lol.....if you have the issue...then you know what it is.

Our trunk handles are secured by 4 screws, on the trunk handle side its very thin and brittle plastic which will crack and break off....a buddy of mine actually opened his trunk and the whole thing came off in his hand.
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Old 05-16-2010, 12:07 AM   #6
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I am confuse. overall nice DIY with clear details and plenty of pictures. However, I am a little confuse. You did not give any background explaining the problem and what you are trying to fix
Updated the original post. The Trunk Lid Grip breaks due to the plastic aging over time and the 4 screws which hold it on no longer have the ability to securely hold the grip to the trunk lid. Mine was held on by just one screw and was about an inch off the trunk on the right side. 3M tape was no longer working for me and I needed to fix it before it fell off the car or broken opening the trunk.
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Old 05-16-2010, 03:55 AM   #7
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I repaired mine like that 2 years ago and it's still holding, all bolts are in place.

I used this for the repair
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:01 AM   #8
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I did the same thing but used Devcon Platic weld and filled up the open cavities on the back side of the handle with it, sanded it flat, and my handles nice and firm again.
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:25 PM   #9
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Same problem different fix

Yeah, had the same problem. The plastic was broken in so many pieces that I couldn't glue them back together. Went to the hardware store to bought some 1/4 inch spring washers. They didn't quite fit into the holes so I just clamp them down (pair of pliers and hammer) and made it a bit smaller (not too small though) to slide into the holes. Threaded the original screws back in and it seems to be holding. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:19 PM   #10
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This has just happened to mine too. Loose on the left side now. Damn it!!
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Old 02-08-2015, 04:40 PM   #11
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revival!..thanks helped me out i went to bone yard to find one .. didnt but found the armrest pads on the doors .. in good shape 14 bucks for both..
so i did the fix works like a champ
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