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      09-02-2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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Rear reflector deletion

Whats the best way to get rid of those reflectors in the rear bumper ESPECIALLY the m-sport?

Has anyone got rid? if so how?

I spoke to a friend that owns a plastic moulding company that recons with the dimentions he could do some blankers but they would need painting.

I have a total black and white car (except badges and i am working on that - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Black-White-Ca...-/170523337268) and the only colour left is those chuffin reflectors!
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      09-02-2010, 03:21 PM   #2
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Easiest thing to do would be to paint them like Lacster did.

http://f10.5post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=409304
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      09-02-2010, 03:38 PM   #3
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Yea, his car looks utterly awsome but i aint so great with the paint... however if thats the only option then its paint (which i guess i can get from the dealer?)
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Easiest thing to do would be to paint them like Lacster did.

http://f10.5post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=409304
I'm not so sure - it just doesn't look 'quite right'.
The exhausts are a work of art and suit the car very well, but those painted reflector recesses make it appear as if there's something missing - hmmm, wonder if it could be a pair of reflectors .
However, it's all down to personal taste and if the owner's happy, that's all that matters.
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      09-02-2010, 05:56 PM   #5
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In have an extra set for both the front and rear. PM if you're interested in them
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      09-02-2010, 10:29 PM   #6
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I am thinking of getting those reflectors tinted.
But I am still debating if I want them white like Kevin's or unknown tinted color.

Tough choice.
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      09-03-2010, 02:25 AM   #7
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I checked the legalitys in the uk and the reflectors must be red or not there at all. Lacster's car is a work of art but i am suprised someone somwhere has not come up with a flush fit replacement
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I checked the legalitys in the uk and the reflectors must be red or not there at all. Lacster's car is a work of art but i am suprised someone somwhere has not come up with a flush fit replacement
I agree that it would look better without the reflectors, but even if you fitted flush-fit body colour covers, you'd still see gaps around the edges and I think it would look a bit odd unless you had them professionally filled and painted.
Alternatively, you could just paint the whole car red .
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      09-03-2010, 07:24 AM   #9
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Just spoke to BMW bodyshop who will fill and spray to remove them totally... But 350 to remove them is a bit much!

How are they attached? Has anyone had them out?
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Just spoke to BMW bodyshop who will fill and spray to remove them totally... But 350 to remove them is a bit much!

How are they attached? Has anyone had them out?
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I don't mind them red....at least they aren't orange like the US spec front ones. I am definitely painting the orange ones, but at least the rear red ones match the rear lights. 99% of people aren't going to notice anyway
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Just spoke to BMW bodyshop who will fill and spray to remove them totally... But 350 to remove them is a bit much!

How are they attached? Has anyone had them out?
The front are just double sided tape and the rears have a clip
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      09-04-2010, 02:00 AM   #13
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I don't mind them red....at least they aren't orange like the US spec front ones. I am definitely painting the orange ones, but at least the rear red ones match the rear lights. 99% of people aren't going to notice anyway
That's the thing, they don't match mine
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      09-04-2010, 03:53 AM   #14
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That's the thing, they don't match mine
They only match at night times.
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      09-04-2010, 07:32 AM   #15
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Lol exacly! I think it's worse on the msport
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I don't understand......the rear reflectors are a little darker than the rear tail lights, but they are both red. How do they not match?
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I don't understand......the rear reflectors are a little darker than the rear tail lights, but they are both red. How do they not match?
My tail lights are whiteline so totally White when off... See kfiends great pics
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ok, understand now.....yeah white rear lights don't really match red reflectors!
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has anyone come across the clear rear reflectors?
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The right way to have them "shaved" is to take them to a good body shop and have them fill them with a piece of bumper material, then use plastic filler to blend them in to smooth. I'd guess it'd cost about 1000 to 1500 for each bumper to do well.
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