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Old 05-30-2003, 12:57 AM   #1
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guage trim ring quality?

I want to get a set of gauge trim rings for my 325i.

I've seen many available on Ebay as well as Bimmian.
What should I look for in terms of quality and materials?

Are the BMW OEM rings plastic or metal?
Are the rings sold on Ebay made by Hamann of decent quality?
These are made of polycarbonate.

Are metal rings harder to install than plastic?

Thanks for the input.

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Old 05-30-2003, 09:41 PM   #2
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You should make sure your getting what you pay for. Obviously metal will look better and be easier to work with than plastic. I would go with Bimmian.com vs. Ebay. OEM's are most defiantly metal.
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Old 05-30-2003, 11:14 PM   #3
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Are you sure that OEM is metal?
I thought the ones at Bimminian are plastic.

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Old 05-31-2003, 12:19 AM   #4
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Our "Silver" ones are plastic. It is hard to tell what our chrome ones are but i think they are metal, not 100% sure.

I did an install on the silver ones last weekend, and they look identical to the OEM ones in my 330.

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Old 05-31-2003, 03:17 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info Ian. I don't want the chrome anyway as I think it would be too bright in certain lighting conditions.
Also, doesn't the silver/aluminum match the aluminum trim better?
That's how it looks to me.
Are the rings you sell made by Hamann? Are the rings imported from Germany?

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OEM's are most defiantly metal.

OEMs are plastic.
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