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      06-20-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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BMW M Performance OEM Carbon Mirror Caps - Install DIY and Photos

BMW M Performance OEM Carbon Mirror Caps - Install and Photos






BMW's OEM carbon is always top notch and their new carbon mirror caps for the F30/F20 are no different. Full carbon custruction with an OEM plastic bracket epoxied to the back side so it can mount as close to factory as possible. Their isnt much weight savings, but this is primarily a style part anyway. It does the job well. We had these on order for stock for some time, and they just came in this week.

These were a little different than the usual E9X ones we had done where they replicated all the oem clips in plastic and it was simple snap out, snap in process. These F30 ones require a little more work and the OEM instructions are extremely limited.

Since we offer these to our customers i thought it was a good idea to do a step by step photo shoot of the install and some breif instuctions. Enjoy!


Grab and pull the oem cap off starting from the top edge, then pull straight out




Tilt the mirror lense up as much as possible, then using a plastic panel tool or similar pull the lense outware at a slight upward motion


Youll see the wires for the mirror lense/heating element. They do not need to be unclipped if you rest it on the window sil


3 tabs that are located where the oem cap clips in


Push in and break off the 3 tabs


Put the mirror cap on the front side making sure it rests in the little catches


New holes for the mounting screws and washers to go into


3 bolts, 3 washers


Fasten til snug with a torx driver


Installed hardware, clip mirror back in so that its orientated with the plastic receivers


Front finished view


Side finished view



Look for more installs and details on BMW M Performance parts an others!

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      06-20-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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looks great, thanks for the DIY
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      06-27-2012, 04:25 PM   #3
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looks great, thanks for the DIY
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      06-27-2012, 08:09 PM   #4
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Those mirror caps are definitely growing on me. I think the fact that the rest of the mirror is black and not body colored is what makes it work.
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So you cannot revert back to original mirror covers as the tabs are broken?
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      07-31-2012, 09:43 AM   #6
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You are able to go back to the originals, the tabs removed wont affect the OE cap staying on.
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Very nice. Thanks for the pics.
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Just did these, it's easier to remove mirrors first and then locate the cap tabs to remove the caps.

Also, the mirrors required a little bit of force to remove. Definitely made me scared I would break the mirrors.

I didn't have a plastic pry bar, tried using finger, did not work. Finally found a wide thin flat piece of metal. Which I covered with a microfiber cloth and rubber glove to use.

Wish I had pictures. But didn't think about it.

Hope this helps anyone with second thoughts on doing it yourself.
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...I think I just found my first mod...
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We have these in stock here at the shop if looking for a set
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You are able to go back to the originals, the tabs removed wont affect the OE cap staying on.
I'm curious what actually is holding the OE cap.. Is it just glue? How come you could just pull it off?
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      09-25-2012, 10:01 AM   #12
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I'm curious what actually is holding the OE cap.. Is it just glue? How come you could just pull it off?
There are small plastic clips that hold the original one in place. You can break them free by simply using enough force.
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There are small plastic clips that hold the original one in place. You can break them free by simply using enough force.
If we break the clips of the original, how is it possible for us to revert back to it?
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If we break the clips of the original, how is it possible for us to revert back to it?
the part you break off doesnt effect how the oem clips grab. The oem caps can go right back on
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Confirming as well that you can revert back. As the clips for the original caps use the square holes as opposed to being screwed on.
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the part you break off doesnt effect how the oem clips grab. The oem caps can go right back on
If the OEM caps can go right back on, what it the point of the tabs you break?

Also, how did you get the original OEM cap off in step 1? Like does it literally just come off by pulling it?
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If the OEM caps can go right back on, what it the point of the tabs you break?

Also, how did you get the original OEM cap off in step 1? Like does it literally just come off by pulling it?

you break those tabs so you can screw on the cf caps. the OE caps dont screw on they only hold onto mirror frame via some tiny clips on the circumference of the mirror.

Yes you just pull starting from the top and it comes right off.
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you break those tabs so you can screw on the cf caps. the OE caps dont screw on they only hold onto mirror frame via some tiny clips on the circumference of the mirror.

Yes you just pull starting from the top and it comes right off.
makes you wonder why the tabs on the inside are there at all
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Maybe i am being a little thick, but when you remove the original caps you aren't actually "breaking" any tabs, correct?

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makes you wonder why the tabs on the inside are there at all
Yes it very much does! And why the CF caps couldnt just be molded in the same form as the stock caps and snap into the same perimeter tabs - something to do with the strength/brittleness of the CF squeezing into the pre-existing tabs maybe?
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Just got hold a pair of these mirror cap, but they seems to only have 2 holes, instead of 3 now... production date indicate w26/12 (i assume week 26th 2012)... hmmm
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Just got hold a pair of these mirror cap, but they seems to only have 2 holes, instead of 3 now... production date indicate w26/12 (i assume week 26th 2012)... hmmm
have you installed them yet??
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have you installed them yet??
It turned out the parts were wrong - they were correct part number per ETK, but physically (the shape) they were wrong, so are waiting for the new one to arrive
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