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      07-09-2018, 04:41 PM   #23
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Just completed the emblem swap, and I gotta say it's way easier than it looks. It took me about 20 minutes for both sides - it may take you a bit longer if don't have DIY experience.

Some hints to add:
- The leather is easy to remove from the seat back channel, it's only a little stubborn on the curves.
- Be careful when working inside the seat - the frame has several sharp edges.
- It may be easier to use tweezers to squeeze the clips together, since it's hard to get full size needle nose pliers in place, but I was actually able to squeeze them together with just my fingers.
- When reattaching the leather to the seat back, remember to roll the plastic edge over and into the lip. If you do a rolling motion, it snaps right back into place.
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      08-15-2018, 07:17 PM   #24
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This DIY was incredibly useful. Did my badges today and it was surprisingly easy. The pictures make it look more challenging than it is. I agree with the other member - continue the rolling motion when reattaching the leather...makes the process a breeze.

Thanks for this!
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      09-09-2018, 01:25 PM   #25
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Also wanted to add in my $0.02 - don't be intimidated by this! Relatively easy and straightforward. Took me less than 20 minutes to do both, and I was taking my time.

Definitely be careful when reaching in the frame to disconnect the plugs, etc. Caught my finger on a sharp edge so now there are a fair amount of blood splatters on the driver's side foam.
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do you think the black ones will crack the same way? from what I know the piece is a lighting piece covered in some kind of cut out sticker. In hot weather it causes the glue under the sticker to start falling off and visual cracks. I had asked for the black ones to replace my cracking ones and Service advisor agreed and when I got the car back he replaced them with the same silver ones :/. So i just wrapped them with clear vinyl. don't really care about the color, I care more about the durability.
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      01-17-2019, 10:40 AM   #27
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i just wrapped them with clear vinyl. don't really care about the color, I care more about the durability.
I actually think that looks pretty interesting without the M. I say keep it.
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There have been no reports of the black ones cracking that I've seen.
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There have been no reports of the black ones cracking that I've seen.
well i'm shit out of luck cause they replaced it with the silver ones for me :/
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Thanks so much OP for taking the time to document the install.

It is a great DIY guide. I now have the black M4 seat badges on my MY’16 M4.

They look so much better than the silver ones in conjunction with opal white leather.
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Wow! Nice job on the DIY OP. I have the black ones but good to have as reference.

It always freaks me out to take things apart. Always afraid to introduce squeaks and rattles once put back together lol.
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Thanks for the DIY write up ! really made it easy then expected
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      07-14-2019, 12:20 AM   #33
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Anine try similar firM4 convertible seats?
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      08-21-2019, 01:32 PM   #34
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Anine try similar firM4 convertible seats?
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exactly what I've been thinking about doing. thank you for the DIY.
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      08-29-2019, 06:23 PM   #36
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exactly what I've been thinking about doing. thank you for the DIY.
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      12-26-2019, 04:20 PM   #37
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my main dilemma is:

Should i let the dealer do this to my car covered under warranty
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just shell out $300 and do it myself. knowing not to mess the side skirts or break anything extra

#internalstruggle #ocd
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my main dilemma is:

Should i let the dealer do this to my car covered under warranty
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just shell out $300 and do it myself. knowing not to mess the side skirts or break anything extra

#internalstruggle #ocd
This is what warranties are for. If they mess something up, make them fix it, also under warranty.
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my main dilemma is:

Should i let the dealer do this to my car covered under warranty
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just shell out $300 and do it myself. knowing not to mess the side skirts or break anything extra

#internalstruggle #ocd
This is what warranties are for. If they mess something up, make them fix it, also under warranty.
Just talked to the dealership today. I was told they can't upgrade to the black ones due to the warranty claim process making them send the old ones back to Bmw. Sounds like a lot of bullshit but that just squashed my dilemma. I ordered the black ones and will be doing it myself. Thank you Bmw dealerships for always reassuring me that the service industry has gone to shit and it's way better to do it yourself.
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Do it yourself. The black ones wont crack like the silver ones do. You don't want to keep removing those leather because it will eventually rip overtime.
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Just talked to the dealership today. I was told they can't upgrade to the black ones due to the warranty claim process making them send the old ones back to Bmw. Sounds like a lot of bullshit but that just squashed my dilemma. I ordered the black ones and will be doing it myself. Thank you Bmw dealerships for always reassuring me that the service industry has gone to shit and it's way better to do it yourself.
I just had my silver ones replaced for black today. Just got to have the service advisor get BMW to approve it, seemed really easy with a gentle nudge.
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Just did the black M4 conversion and it really was much easier than I thought it was gonna be. The video and pics at the beginning of the thread were super helpful and the leather removal took about 5 minutes per seat. I think the key is to start around 1/3 of the way up the outside of the seat. Not at the bottom. Just grip the edge and twist and work your way up and around to about 2/3 above the armrest on the inside of the seat. Itís real easy once you get a finger in to start the process. I highly recommend NOT using any trim tools at all.....fingers work fine.

The hardest part (and not really all that hard) for me was to get 2 fingers in a tight spot to unplug the old logo in the seat back. All told, around 25 minutes for both seats.
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Just did the black M4 conversion and it really was much easier than I thought it was gonna be. The video and pics at the beginning of the thread were super helpful and the leather removal took about 5 minutes per seat. I think the key is to start around 1/3 of the way up the outside of the seat. Not at the bottom. Just grip the edge and twist and work your way up and around to about 2/3 above the armrest on the inside of the seat. It's real easy once you get a finger in to start the process. I highly recommend NOT using any trim tools at all.....fingers work fine.

The hardest part (and not really all that hard) for me was to get 2 fingers in a tight spot to unplug the old logo in the seat back. All told, around 25 minutes for both seats.
Nice work. They look great. Appreciate the input into the thread.

Enjoy!
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Just did the black M4 conversion and it really was much easier than I thought it was gonna be. The video and pics at the beginning of the thread were super helpful and the leather removal took about 5 minutes per seat. I think the key is to start around 1/3 of the way up the outside of the seat. Not at the bottom. Just grip the edge and twist and work your way up and around to about 2/3 above the armrest on the inside of the seat. It's real easy once you get a finger in to start the process. I highly recommend NOT using any trim tools at all.....fingers work fine.

The hardest part (and not really all that hard) for me was to get 2 fingers in a tight spot to unplug the old logo in the seat back. All told, around 25 minutes for both seats.
Nice work. They look great. Appreciate the input into the thread.

Enjoy!
Just replaced mine. If I can do it anyone can. Not nearly as bad as you think as others have said. Hardest part was plugging power source back in
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