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Old 01-15-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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OCD Fanatics: BMW Expanding Rivets Replacements

OK.. i don't know if this has been posted before nor this belongs to DIY (mods feel free to close or move) but found a better replacement for the BMW expanding plastic rivets..

did an engine wash a few weeks ago then install a new water pump days after and this is how my rivets looks like under the hood... i really took them out carefully with a thin plastic flat screw and long nose but now matter how careful i am, it still scratches the thing..

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found this in my dad's garage but pretty sure it's easily available in your local auto store (eg NAPA) - it's better because you just unscrew them then it comes in and out easily.. the plastic packaging says it's for GM or chrysler

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side by side comparison between BMW and NAPA rivets..


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Old 01-15-2013, 05:46 PM   #2
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yeah the bmw expanding rivets are such an eye sore. yours difintely looks better. just have to find the part number from the auto part store
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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this http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...109_0006391281 or this one http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...356_0006391281... looks like the latter but really am not sure unless comparing the two side by side..

will post better pictures tom between an OEM and mine (plastic label says napa but the writing can't be read anymore haha)..
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:57 PM   #4
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Really need to do this!
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:38 AM   #5
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I thinks this is a nice touch.

Yesterday, I had to replace my power steering pump and the fact that I had to stop and figure out the various fasteners that people have put on my car, caused me to pause and wast more time.

I really like this setup and will be a definite addition to my car soon.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:55 AM   #6
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I take mine out with Vicegrips. Just don't clamp em too hard or you'll crush them.

Any chance you can show us a receipt or a package from the store you bought those from?
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:26 AM   #7
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I take mine out with Vicegrips. Just don't clamp em too hard or you'll crush them.

Any chance you can show us a receipt or a package from the store you bought those from?
i didnt bought them.. Saw it at my dads tool box and i stole it haha.. The plastic packaging is Napa but thats the only thing you can read there.. Everything else is covered with grease and faded..

I will post a better picture later comparing the two (oem and napa).. That's the best i can do ...
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:07 AM   #8
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OP updated with better pictures..

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:17 AM   #9
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Woot woot. And the best part is that this will last longer and cheaper

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