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John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
5/7/19 11:50 a.m.

In reply to pointofdeparture :

There you go.  You've got a story.  I enjoyed the story.  I think it is an interestingly "correct" yet odd addition to your gray market car. 

I might just embrace the gray-ness and add in some markers.   Someone might ask you, "why do you have those lights and this other one does not?"  You have a good answer that I think makes your car more interesting than the other.  What else is unique to yours?  Is there interior lettering in German?  Cool.   

pointofdeparture PowerDork
5/7/19 12:11 p.m.

In reply to John Welsh :

I'm pretty committed to ditching them at this point, but also disappointed that they did such a hackjob. On my last Euro E28 they used nice factory-looking markers and mounted them higher up in the quarters so they looked like an OEM part.

nderwater UltimaDork
5/7/19 12:25 p.m.

What about soldering or brazing instead of welding?  Brazing on a cover plate seems pretty DIY friendly for a casual enthusiast who doesn't know how to weld and/or doesn't have all the equipment welding requires.

dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/7/19 3:46 p.m.

I would get some of those plastic/rubber hole insert things paint them to match and then set them in clear silicon to keep water/dirt out from between them and the metal.  Then save your $$$$ and have a body shop do it for real down the road.


These things



pointofdeparture PowerDork
5/7/19 4:50 p.m.

In reply to dean1484 :

That was actually one of my first thoughts but I've struggled to find one in 30mm. Really probably my best bet though.

adam525i GRM+ Memberand Reader
5/7/19 9:51 p.m.

That's a good idea, maybe this would work (it's for an 1 1/4" hole or 31.75mm) - https://www.mcmaster.com/9600k521

I was lucky with my 525i in that they didn't seem to make any changes to the car when it was imported, it also has lots of patina after 385,000 km.


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