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      05-15-2018, 09:01 PM   #1
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G30 Black Kidney Grill replacement

I was looking into getting a black kidney grill for my 5-series I didn't want to get it from bmw since they charge a boatload, any recommendations from any sites, where the kidney grill won't mess up the air ventilation from opening or closing either?
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      05-16-2018, 11:42 AM   #2
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I was looking into getting a black kidney grill for my 5-series I didn't want to get it from bmw since they charge a boatload, any recommendations from any sites, where the kidney grill won't mess up the air ventilation from opening or closing either?
Anyone? It would be highly help just didn't want to place something into my car that would be bad for the long term
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      05-16-2018, 11:59 AM   #3
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I don't understand your reluctance to use OEM, the black kidney grills are one of the more affordable and reasonable priced items.
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      05-16-2018, 12:02 PM   #4
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I don't understand your reluctance to use OEM, the black kidney grills are one of the more affordable and reasonable priced items.
I would, but it's 110 a piece 220 in total plus tax
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If I'm not mistaken active vents aren't connected to the grill. So should be minimal impact.
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If I'm not mistaken active vents aren't connected to the grill. So should be minimal impact.
That's right. They are not connected.
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      05-22-2018, 05:47 PM   #7
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I have been looking for the same and posted essentially the same question. Found these today:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shiny-Black...4AAOSwG0tasP57

or am also considering the M Style double slat. Just can't decide. These are the same price as the single slat:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Front-Grill....c100005.m1851


But having a hard time finding reputable instructions on how to do the replacement myself. Every YT video is for the F series 5. According to all those videos, you just pull on the grills to remove. I don't want to try that with mine...with my luck I'll snap off some vital part. Plus with the active slats, removal and install might be different than on an F series.

If anyone knows a good video or at least step by step guide, that'd be great.
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I have been looking for the same and posted essentially the same question. Found these today:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shiny-Black...4AAOSwG0tasP57

or am also considering the M Style double slat. Just can't decide. These are the same price as the single slat:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Front-Grill....c100005.m1851


But having a hard time finding reputable instructions on how to do the replacement myself. Every YT video is for the F series 5. According to all those videos, you just pull on the grills to remove. I don't want to try that with mine...with my luck I'll snap off some vital part. Plus with the active slats, removal and install might be different than on an F series.

If anyone knows a good video or at least step by step guide, that'd be great.
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I have been looking for the same and posted essentially the same question. Found these today:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shiny-Black...4AAOSwG0tasP57

or am also considering the M Style double slat. Just can't decide. These are the same price as the single slat:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Front-Grill....c100005.m1851


But having a hard time finding reputable instructions on how to do the replacement myself. Every YT video is for the F series 5. According to all those videos, you just pull on the grills to remove. I don't want to try that with mine...with my luck I'll snap off some vital part. Plus with the active slats, removal and install might be different than on an F series.

If anyone knows a good video or at least step by step guide, that'd be great.
You'll be good man the 3 holes on the top when you open the hood has 3 inserts on the top for the grill as well just push those out slowly with a flathead scewdriver and it should just come off after that you just align the new grill with the inserts and push it in. Takes only two minutes

This is the only vid I've seen for just putting the new one grill on.

https://instagram.com/p/BhKA8LFHoQc/

Hope that helps,
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      05-22-2018, 07:14 PM   #9
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Ah great! Thanks so much! Did you locate some black grills you like? What's your thought on single slat vs double?
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and since they seem to be so damn easy to pull off, I think I'll just go steal some at the dealership tonight! LOL....kidding!
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Ah great! Thanks so much! Did you locate some black grills you like? What's your thought on single slat vs double?
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and since they seem to be so damn easy to pull off, I think I'll just go steal some at the dealership tonight! LOL....kidding!
Yeah I just ending up getting it from the dealership, no one really gave an opinion on the after market grills on here lol. I love the double but I didn't know if it would fit nicely on the 540 since that design is for the M5.

You should lol.
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      05-23-2018, 08:42 PM   #12
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Yeah I just ending up getting it from the dealership, no one really gave an opinion on the after market grills on here lol. I love the double but I didn't know if it would fit nicely on the 540 since that design is for the M5.
Yeah...having hard time trying to decide between the two. I love the look of the double slat, and just noticed today they'd match my M sport wheels in a way. But then again, I don't want to over style the thing and especially be that guy that's putting M stuff on a non-M car. Yeah, I have the M package, but it's not an M. If I had the 550, then no question, but the 540? Just not sure. First world problems.
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Yeah I just ending up getting it from the dealership, no one really gave an opinion on the after market grills on here lol. I love the double but I didn't know if it would fit nicely on the 540 since that design is for the M5.
Yeah...having hard time trying to decide between the two. I love the look of the double slat, and just noticed today they'd match my M sport wheels in a way. But then again, I don't want to over style the thing and especially be that guy that's putting M stuff on a non-M car. Yeah, I have the M package, but it's not an M. If I had the 550, then no question, but the 540? Just not sure. First world problems.
Haha yeah I understand, but if you like it why not do it. Mines is the base model and once the aftermarket bumper as the M5 comes for the 540 I'm gonna switch it on their.
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Anyone replace the kidney grills with black ones on a 2019 540 and also have the night vision? Wondering if the process is any different ?
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I was looking into getting a black kidney grill for my 5-series I didn't want to get it from bmw since they charge a boatload, any recommendations from any sites, where the kidney grill won't mess up the air ventilation from opening or closing either?
I just got my new grills in and I CANNOT get them to go in flush at all. I can get the original back in no problem, but the new ones have a large gap. I've looked over both the new and original pieces and their identical on the back... I don't know what to do. Any advice?
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I would, but it's 110 a piece 220 in total plus tax
Like the previous member stated this is one of the cheapest mods you can do. Get the OEM ones for piece of mind and a perfect fit. Save $40-50 and deal with crap fit and finish. It blows my mind how people are willing to spend $50k + on a car but lose their mind when it comes to spending couple a hundred for some oem accessories. To each their own I guess.
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I believe you can source the genuine BMW M Performance ones here at 19% off:

https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-G30-54...r/Body/Grille/

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I believe you can source the M Performance ones here at 19% off:
https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-G30-54...r/Body/Grille/
Thatís where I got mine.
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FWIW, I bought mine off ebay - yeah, I know, but it's a lease car so...why blow the extra money? And truthfully, perfect fit and finish. Been on the car for 7 months now - no chipping or flaking even after numerous car washes, bugs and rocks thrown at it. Just pointing out another option. And so easy to install
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Why don't you try carbon fiber kidney grill, which I think is beautiful and good quality
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ECS has their own blackout grille set also, though I have no idea about the quality.
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