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      08-01-2014, 05:13 PM   #1
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IND | Painted Key Hole Cover Installation

The old adage goes, "the devil is in the details". In keeping with this philosophy we are now able to offer the IND painted key hole cover for the F8X M3/M4. On all modern BMW 3 series vehicles the factory positions a physical key hole on the driver side. There is certainly nothing wrong with the key hole, but the painted cover is a great solution for those that seek a more streamline exterior.

The key hole cover is a OEM BMW part that is painted at our facility and can be shipped worldwide. For individuals that are concerned about the possibility of a dead battery, the key hole cover can be installed over the existing lock cylinder without any modification.

Available for purchase through our website

http://ind-distribution.com/ind/cate...ole-cover-1186


Tool(s) Required:

Torx 25

Step 1:

Now for the fun stuff. When you open the door you will notice there is a rubber plug located at the top of the door parallel with the door handle. Remove this cover.

Step 2:

With the rubber plug removed you will notice an opening. Using the Torx25 driver unscrew the Torx bolt that is set within the opening.

Step 3:

Upon removing the Torx bolt patiently wiggle the lock cylinder from the door.

Step 4:

Now that the lock cylinder is out of the door the goal is to remove the factory cover. The cover is held in place by 2 plastic tabs, one on each side. Use a pick or a smaller screw driver and carefully pry the tabs upward. Do not apply too much force! You simply need to move the tab enough to release the lock cylinder

Step 5:

Now that the lock cylinder is removed from the cover you are now able to install the IND key hole cover. This cover simply slides over the cylinder and is secured with the same tabs.

IMPORTANT!
When placing the cover over the lock cylinder the tabs may not effortlessly slide into place. Apply pressure on the flat portion of the tab until they are seated properly.






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      08-02-2014, 09:30 AM   #2
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Very nice, will be ordering these for mine
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Great - I like it!

So, how do you access the key hole in emergency? Can you pop off the painted cover from the outside? A special tool required to do so?
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Great - I like it!

So, how do you access the key hole in emergency? Can you pop off the painted cover from the outside? A special tool required to do so?
Unfortunately the only way to access the lock cylinder is to break the cover. The tabs that secure the cover to the lock cylinder are rendered inaccessible when installed in the door.
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Just silly.
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      08-06-2014, 09:59 AM   #6
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In an emergency and the battery's dead, pop open the trunk with the key and crawl in LOL
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      08-08-2014, 08:06 PM   #7
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In an emergency and the battery's dead, pop open the trunk with the key and crawl in LOL
It seems like the F80/82 doesn't have an accessible lock cylinder on the trunk?
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      08-08-2014, 09:11 PM   #8
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Remove all jewelry before attempting any work like this.
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      08-15-2014, 11:47 AM   #9
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got mine today will be installing in a little bit
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very simple install, and looks great!
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      08-24-2014, 09:27 PM   #11
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I also do DIY write ups and installs rocking my Rolex
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      09-19-2014, 10:38 AM   #12
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Just changed my key cover on the my M4. The seal the blocks the bolt is a bit different on the coupe. Just peel it back and the follow IND instructions with the sedan. Took 5 minutes and it ns things up. Definitely worth the money.

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Just changed my key cover on the my M4. The seal the blocks the bolt is a bit different on the coupe. Just peel it back and the follow IND instructions with the sedan. Took 5 minutes and it ns things up. Definitely worth the money.
Same here. M4 has that bigger rubber piece. The long part of the lock looks different as well, no biggie, but I did have to shave some of the inside of the new piece so it would click in.
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I bought one for my F30 and never installed it. My M4 is same color (AW)... I assume it is the same part and will fit on the M4?
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Just silly.
Think of the aero your adding, not to mention less stops at the pump, and overall efficiency!
I jest because I have installed this as well
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Looks cool but given history (my understanding anyway) of BMW's and their batteries I worry about this. I think I'll try painting the lock area body color as a compromise on looks/"emergency manual access"
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Looks cool but given history (my understanding anyway) of BMW's and their batteries I worry about this. I think I'll try painting the lock area body color as a compromise on looks/"emergency manual access"
Did you ever try this? I'm curious to know how it turned out because it sounds like a good compromise to me.
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Some questions since others like me will likely find this isn't totally obvious:
- Does the torx need to come completely out or just loosen? If so how do you stop it from dropping inside the door? - The bolt just turns but isn't coming free in my case
- Do you pull the existing lock straight out or does it come out at an angle (one side then another) - mine isn't coming out easily at all!
- Can/should you push from the inside to pop it out?

Thanks all.

** EDIT ** Answering my own questions here for posterity - hopefully it will save others 30+ mins.

- It's ok to pry back the rubber seals - they are held in by 3 round grommets and the top slides into a slot - note this is an M4. The rubber won't just pop back into the round holes though you'll want to use a flat slim screwdriver or similar to pop them back in.
- The torx bolt does not come out of the inner lock assembly. Loosen until it's spinning then pull hard on lock mechanism. No need to worry about torx dropping into door and rattling
- The lock does pull straight out but you need to jiggle it top to bottom and pull hard
- The swap out is a cinch, the new part fit well for me and I reused the lock assembly in case of emergency.
- Inserting it back for me was the hardest part. The assembly seems to fit with extremely small tolerances top to bottom. I found it helpful to use a small screwdriver and push down on the assembly while jiggling and inserting. Mine didn't sit flush though side to side, so I used the torx screw to pull it in tightly, then loosened it again and reseated it until it sits flush. Then re-tighten.
- Voila looks clean!

Hope these extra instructions help people like me.

BTW I had the same cover on my e92 and never had any issues, though I always used a trickle charger in my garage when parked for more than a 2-3 days.

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I've had some pretty dead batteries in previous BMWs and the lock is one of the last things to go. This is my fourth keyhole delete on as many BMWs and I've never had to break the cover to access the lock because of a dead battery.
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Originally Posted by Chris Csf View Post
Some questions since others like me will likely find this isn't totally obvious:
- Does the torx need to come completely out or just loosen? If so how do you stop it from dropping inside the door? - The bolt just turns but isn't coming free in my case
- Do you pull the existing lock straight out or does it come out at an angle (one side then another) - mine isn't coming out easily at all!
- Can/should you push from the inside to pop it out?

Thanks all.

** EDIT ** Answering my own questions here for posterity - hopefully it will save others 30+ mins.

- It's ok to pry back the rubber seals - they are held in by 3 round grommets and the top slides into a slot - note this is an M4. The rubber won't just pop back into the round holes though you'll want to use a flat slim screwdriver or similar to pop them back in.
- The torx bolt does not come out of the inner lock assembly. Loosen until it's spinning then pull hard on lock mechanism. No need to worry about torx dropping into door and rattling
- The lock does pull straight out but you need to jiggle it top to bottom and pull hard
- The swap out is a cinch, the new part fit well for me and I reused the lock assembly in case of emergency.
- Inserting it back for me was the hardest part. The assembly seems to fit with extremely small tolerances top to bottom. I found it helpful to use a small screwdriver and push down on the assembly while jiggling and inserting. Mine didn't sit flush though side to side, so I used the torx screw to pull it in tightly, then loosened it again and reseated it until it sits flush. Then re-tighten.
- Voila looks clean!

Hope these extra instructions help people like me.

BTW I had the same cover on my e92 and never had any issues, though I always used a trickle charger in my garage when parked for more than a 2-3 days.
This helped me.

I also had a bit of a tough time getting it back in. Once you line up the TORX 25 bolt then you can use that to align it properly and bring it back in.

One thing to note for those doing this, in step 4 of the OP, the tabs are the black long pieces. This took me awhile to figure out as I was thinking it was a typical tab inside the piece but rather they stick out about 3/4".

Great addition, and as for the battery issues (I have had my own with BMWs) I just will leave the car unlocked in my garage as its private anyway.

@IND, you should add a few clarifications to your post as it will save others lots of time. (Granted I should have read the whole thread before attempting it, as opposed to just reading your post. None the less, its worth noting on your post)
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I will say that if you want to reinstall the lock you will need a sharp hobby/pocket knife and some patients to shave down some areas for a nice fit. It's worth it to me. If it came to it you could cut/break/drill the cover and manually unlock if the battery is dead.
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I have just installed the cover on my M4. It was very easy - plug & play - no need to sharp anything. It took me 5 minutes and everything was done.

I will post some pics in my car thread.

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