Thank you for all you help and the quick order/delivery of a Countryman spare tire to my hotel in Minneapolis, MN.We are back home safe in Saratoga Springs, NY after delivering my son to U of Minnesota.We have 3 Mini's and you now have a customer for life.
Excellent fit. I bought the matte black to try and match the rest of the trim and it looks factory installed.
Removing the OE chrome grill "nuts" was a bit of a pain, so I elected to just snap the plastic threads off rather than attempt to remove them. I wouldn't plan on keeping the OE grill as the plastic threads and stamped nuts are practically destroyed no matter how gentle you are.
The upper grill snaps in and use the same fasteners as the OE. The new stamped nuts can be a bit annoying, just seat the nut on the ball of your thumb and turn. Once the nut cuts into the plastic use a nut-driver to snug up--don't over tighten.
The lower grill just snaps in. I cleaned and plasti coted the bumper black, as you can see the bumper color behind the new grill--my car is red so it really stood out.
This grill makes the car look so much better and more up to date. I really like it.
*plasti-cote is your new best friend*
Actually spoke to an extremely professional, but moreover knowledgeable young man about my issue....fast,easy, and good....usually you can only pick two of those, all three is rare commodity these days. Well done!
If you plan to remove ANY thing from your Mini, whether to replace a light bulb in the side scuttle to more complicated trim, these are a must. They don't scratch the paint, there is a shape/size for every project, they are fairly strong and for the money the best investment you will make in modifying the car.
Advantages: Don't scratch your paint and makes trim removal easy.
Disadvantages: They may fray at the end with a lot of use, but hey they are plastic and for 8 bucks you can replace the entire set.
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