Originally Posted by Sylon
The directions from BMW on our grill installation also include removing the screws and rubber seal, but as more and more people have done the install on our 1ers, we've figured out that those steps are pointless. Some brave souls just take a firm grip on the grills and just yank them out without damaging the bumper at all.
That was basically my install method. A combination of pulling and using a thin, plastic "taping knife" I found at Home Depot. Slowly pry out the grills with the plastic knife while pulling on the grills. It's a little scary though. Didn't damage the bumper. The bumper material is very resilient.