BMW Front Grille Upgrade | Black Kidney Grille | DIY Guide

Est. Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

THis guide provides instructions on how to remove the OEM BMW grille. You can use these instructions to upgrade your BMW grill or change it to a black kidney grille.

What you will need


  1. Park the vehicle on level ground, and set the parking brakes.
  2. Pull the hood release under the dashboard and open the hood of your BMW.changing bmw grill diy
  3. Remove the weather strip at the top radiator support by pulling it up.How To Change Your BMW Kidney Grilles The Right Way
  4. Remove the Torx bolts. You will need a T-30 Torx bit set. Some models, such as the F30 and F31, use T27 and T25 Torx bolts.How To Change the Kidney Grille for the BMW 5 Series
  5. Pull the front bumper forward and determine if there is enough room to access the back of the grille. On certain BMW models, you can reach the back of the grille and remove it easily. If you can't reach the back of the grille, proceed to the next step. 
  6. Remove the eight Torx bolts for the top radiator support and remove it. how to remove bmw kidney grill 1 3 5 6 7 x1 x5 x7 series
  7. Pull the metal plate away and place it on top of the engine. You don't need to disconnect the hood release cables.remove grill from bmw place top radiator support on the engine
  8. Access the back of your BMW grille. Press down on three plastic tabs on top to unlock them.trick on how to remove bmw grill
  9. Use a flat screwdriver to unlock the side and lower tabs. BMW Black Grills & Trim installtion use screwdriver to remove old oem grill
  10. Press the lower tabs up to unlock the bottom of the front grille removal instructions press up to unlock
  11. Once all the tabs are unlocked, remove the old grille by pulling it front grill removal diy
  12. Install the new grille by pressing it on the bumper.install new black kidney grill on bmw by pressing it in
  13. Reinstall the weather strip, top radiator support, and make sure to tighten all the bolts.
  14. That's it! Congratulations!

Changing or upgrading the front grill on a BMW is relatively easy.

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