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      01-16-2017, 06:19 AM   #67
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Today I swapped the carbon trim on the center console. When installing the reversing camera, damage occurred. One may call me petty, but I look there every time to check whether it has gone away by itself. No chance, is back there every day.

If someone has to change it, here is an explanation how it works:

The aperture is only inserted and can be pulled out.

1. Fold up the middle armrest

2. Press on the side where the carbon strip rests against the armrest. By the pressure it rises.

3. In the resulting gap (from the passenger seat side) put a wedge and pull off the cover upwards.

4. Disconnect the cable of the controller if desired (I have not done) and the 3 Torx screws on the back.

5. ... the whole process backwards and done!



It takes about 10 minutes.
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      02-10-2017, 05:31 PM   #68
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i love the wheels personally. i just think you should lower it a little. here's a before and after photoshop of your car.

stock ride height


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Man those wheels!!!
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Love it, and the stock diffuser painted in gloss black looks amazing.
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I prefer the 437's. I think the new mesh ZCP wheels need a little concavity, a la e46 & e92 zcp design.
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Love it, and the stock diffuser painted in gloss black looks amazing.
oh wow i didn't even notice till you said something. i might just paint the stock one instead of spending $880 on the carbon one from BMW
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oh wow i didn't even notice till you said something. i might just paint the stock one instead of spending $880 on the carbon one from BMW
That was my thought too.
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Hey, here we are at least 4 months later. Wondering how the wrap is holding up. The vinyl is much thinner than a paint protection film and just wonder how susceptible it is to tearing. Also, do scratches "heal", like an xpel film? I'm considering a wrap to go matt, but a color change would be much more adventurous and actually less expensive. I've also heard of going vinyl and then doing film over the front clip. This is probably also cheaper than a $6k full xpel wrap. I need to really think about this now, because for a color change a black car is best choice.
I'm guessing you didn't get much driving in during the winter though...
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Hey, here we are at least 4 months later. Wondering how the wrap is holding up. The vinyl is much thinner than a paint protection film and just wonder how susceptible it is to tearing. Also, do scratches "heal", like an xpel film? I'm considering a wrap to go matt, but a color change would be much more adventurous and actually less expensive. I've also heard of going vinyl and then doing film over the front clip. This is probably also cheaper than a $6k full xpel wrap. I need to really think about this now, because for a color change a black car is best choice.
I'm guessing you didn't get much driving in during the winter though...
6k? I was quoted 4000 for the entire car in xpel ultimate.
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That was my thought too.
Why did you paint it instead of wrapping it too?
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6k? I was quoted 4000 for the entire car in xpel ultimate.
Hook me up!
I think the ultimate wrap is cheaper than Stealth though. And probably easier to apply. I also see very little point in wrapping the doors roof and trunk, rather than spending about $1k on the front clip.
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6k? I was quoted 4000 for the entire car in xpel ultimate.
Hook me up!
I think the ultimate wrap is cheaper than Stealth though. And probably easier to apply. I also see very little point in wrapping the doors roof and trunk, rather than spending about $1k on the front clip.
I didn't do the whole car for that reason lol. I paid $1250 for the front bumper, hood, headlights and mirrors at eurotech motor sports in Mahwah NJ. I dropped it off at 9am and had it back by 5. Good people. Also a certified installer so it's warrantied.














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Hey, here we are at least 4 months later. Wondering how the wrap is holding up. The vinyl is much thinner than a paint protection film and just wonder how susceptible it is to tearing. Also, do scratches "heal", like an xpel film? I'm considering a wrap to go matt, but a color change would be much more adventurous and actually less expensive. I've also heard of going vinyl and then doing film over the front clip. This is probably also cheaper than a $6k full xpel wrap. I need to really think about this now, because for a color change a black car is best choice.
I'm guessing you didn't get much driving in during the winter though...
If you take a good wrap you have no problems and it looks like the first day. I think an Xpel is certainly more resistant than a Supreme.
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Why did you paint it instead of wrapping it too?
To paint it is the best way.
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I didn't do the whole car for that reason lol. I paid $1250 for the front bumper, hood, headlights and mirrors at eurotech motor sports in Mahwah NJ. I dropped it off at 9am and had it back by 5. Good people. Also a certified installer so it's warrantied.
Good choice.
I won't bother to ask the OP, because wrap costs in Germany and here aren't comparable. I think a vinyl wrap is much cheaper though and then $1200 for the front clip probably works out thousands less than a full expel wrap.
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If you take a good wrap you have no problems and it looks like the first day. An Xpel is certainly more resistant than a Supreme but i have no problems.
Good to hear.
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Good choice.
I won't bother to ask the OP, because wrap costs in Germany and here aren't comparable. I think a vinyl wrap is much cheaper though and then $1200 for the front clip probably works out thousands less than a full expel wrap.
i got xpel ultimate because it self heals and in my opinion is much better than vinyl for protecting paint. but i got it solely for paint protection. had i wanted a color change i'd have wrapped it in vinyl obviously. so it really depends what you're trying to achieve and what your budget is.
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Indeed, sorry for the misunderstanding. Vinyl is not going to provide any paint protection at all. Some people do vinyl on whole car and then xpel the front, just for that reason. A vinyl wrap is much cheaper because it is thinner, so I assume it is much easier to work with.
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Indeed, sorry for the misunderstanding. Vinyl is not going to provide any paint protection at all. Some people do vinyl on whole car and then xpel the front, just for that reason. A vinyl wrap is much cheaper because it is thinner, so I assume it is much easier to work with.
I think a vinyl wrap only provides a light paint protection. The paint has no damage with small stones, but the film has a damage.
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Why did you paint it instead of wrapping it too?
To paint it is the best way.
How is the painted diffuser holding up? I had thought of doing that too but was afraid he heat back there might hurt the finish.
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I have no problems with the painted diffuser.
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Thank you!

The decals on the front winglets makes my lane free on the highway. So it looks more aggressive. Even Mercedes drivers pull over, to let me drive without limit.
All they see is the blue and red.

It's a given they get over.

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