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One easy way to improve the apperance of your BMW is to replace a worn or faded Roundel. In this tech article we will discuss replacement of the roundel, and should take less than 10 minutes to perform. What you will need is a new Roundel and two plastic grommets, (available from Pelican) - shown in Figure 1 and Figure 2.
The first step is to remove the existing Roundel. As you can see in Figure 3, the existing Roundel is worn and fading. The method of removal varies, but the end result is the same, you must gently pry the old Roundel off. In this case we simply used a credit card as a fulcrum point, then inserted a flat-head screwdriver between the Roundel and the hood. Remember to use caution when prying off the old Roundel. Go slowly and using light force, and it should come right off. (Figure 4)
Step two is to remove the two grommets left behind sitting in the hood as shown in Figure 5. If your grommets came off with the Roundel, you can skip this step. Simply remove them with a pair of pliers, they should pop right out. This is also a good time to clean the base for the Roundel, for as you can see it is covered with dirt.
Next, simply push the new grommets onto the new Roundel as seen in Figure 6. You may have to use a little force to get them on there, but use caution as it is possible to break the studs they slide on.
Finally, simply line up the studs with the corresponding holes in the hood, and press down with the palm of your hand, til the Roundel goes no futher (Figure 7). That's it, you're done!
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Front side of Roundel