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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 2009, 4:56 am Thread Starter
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Have been looking at various catalogs and noticed that on some the saddlebags had BMW lettering and not a reflector.

Can't stand the reflector - personal issue - moving on.

anyway I found out the part number and ordered a couple and put them on this morning - super easy.

The main thing to be careful of is getting under the reflector without nicking the paint, finally ended up using a very small screwdriver, the ones you use for eyeglasses, and just pull up the reflector cover and then, spent a good portion of 10 minutes cleaning off the old adhesive, gave it a once over with some alcohol and then applied the lettering replacments.

For those interested the part number is 46 54 7 706 271

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I think they look awesome

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The main thing to be careful of is getting under the reflector without nicking the paint, finally ended up using a very small screwdriver, the ones you use for eyeglasses, and just pull up the reflector cover and then, spent a good portion of 10 minutes cleaning off the old adhesive, gave it a once over with some alcohol and then applied the lettering replacments.
Use a bicycle tire lever--they work great for prying things without damage to paint of plastic parts.

I agree. The BWM badges look better than the reflectors.
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Bandera - great suggestion but i think you may need to put a point or trim the blade section of the tire lever a bit to get in - it is really tight.

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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old Aug 3rd, 2009, 10:30 am
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Someone once told me that they used dental floss to get under and remove badges, reflectors, etc. Never tried it myself but it seems like it might work well. Just a suggestion.
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That along with a little heat from a hairdryer might work pretty well. I've got some of the badges on order so I'll give the dental floss a try. Thanks!

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Dale - i went with the dental floss route but it did not work to well.

The area of the adhesive for the reflector is as big as the reflector - that is why I pride it off and then scrubbed off the residual.

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They never make it easy do they! I may mask off the area and use a stiff plastic squeegee to get underneath. Of course, it always works on paper! Thanks for the heads up.

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I was a luxury car tech and used to use fishing line. Spider wire worked the best, the thin high test stuff. If you use a small screw driver put a piece of masking tape around the emblem/reflector first to protect the paint. Heat gun works best to remove glue. Some one told me Goop removes the glue, but I've never tried it.
I too like the badges better and think I'll give it a shot.
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If the reflectors are in a recessed area take a 3/4 to 1" putty knife and put a couple of layers of Duct tape on the back side. then break out the hair dryer or heat gun, pry gently while applying heat and soon it will start to lift off, it is like good BBQ low heat and sloooow. Then some Gooo Off to clean the adhesive if needed.
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reflectors

I like the BMW signs on the bags, but just curious what your beef is with the reflectors?

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