This install takes 5 - 10 minutes. This is a very easy install but be careful not to break the reflectors (especially the end that points toward the rear of the car).
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Step 1: Getting the required items together

This install requires:

  • 1 Set of Bimmian Painted Reflectors (or any other replacement reflectors)
  • Small Flat Screwdriver
  • Small Rag
  • A BMW M3 (E46).
  • 5 to 10 minutes to an hour of free time.

Bimmian Painted Reflectors (LSB)

Step 2: Getting acquainted with the reflector

  • Take a few seconds to examine the reflector - this will make it a lot easier to understand how it installs.
  • Note the 4 tabs at the top of the reflector and the 3 tabs at the bottom.
  • Also note the spring on the bottom edge of the reflector (see image).

Getting acquainted

Step 3: Removing the OEM reflectors

  • Wrap a small, flat screwdriver with a rag to prevent it from scratching the car (see image).
  • Insert the wrapped screwdriver behind the upper rear edge of the reflector (about an inch from the end - see image).
  • Leverage the reflector out of the bumper - do this in small steps, moving in about 1.5" steps until all of the 4 top tabs are released and exposed (see image).
  • Remove the reflector by tilting it toward yourself and then up.

Screwdriver w/Rag

Screwdriver Started at Edge of Reflector

Upper Tabs Exposed

Step 4: Installing the new "reflector"

  • Note the spring at the bottom of the reflector - this will compress once installed and server to retain it in place.
  • Place the lower section (the spring) on the lower edge of the opening in the body. The 3 lower tabs will be inside the bumper (see image).
  • Line up the reflector and tilt the top forward.
  • Gently snap the top tabs in one by one.
  • Make sure the reflector is flush and you're done.
  • Repeat for other side.

Bumper Opening

Lower Tabs Inserted

All Finished