As I already wrote in the previous post, I changed priorities on the maintenance road-map for BK02837 in order to benefit from the offer to fully repaint this particular car.
1: Preservation of the lower sills and jack-stands => Q1 2012 (done)
2: Replacement of the SLS-system’s pressure accumulators => Q3 2012 (done)
3: Cosmetic work => Q1 2013 (previously #5, pending)
4: Installation of the Hifi Professional system => Q2 2013 (new)
5: Overhaul of the steering-gearbox => Q4 2013 (previously #3)
6: Engine work => Q1/Q2 2014 (previously #4)
7: Engine tune-up and setup => Q2/2013 (previously #6)
One of the agreements with the paint-shop was that I would do the stripping that is required to achieve an excellent result. This basically requires stripping the car from all its trim-work to avoid paint-crossings to become visible.
1: Removal of the front bumper / grilles and headlight assemblies
2: Disassembly of the front bumper by removal of:
a) Foglight assemblies
b) Head-and fog light cleaning system (spray nozzles and waterlines)
c) Black trim plates including the license plate holder.
3: Stripping the engine hood
a) Removal of the sound insulation
b) windscreen spray nozzles
c) BMW logo emblem
4: Removal of the rear bumper
5: Stripping the trunk by removal of
a) trim panels exterior
b) license-plate holder
d) tail-light assemblies
e) trunk lod cover
f) trunk gaskets
g) BMW logo and type (M5) emblem
6: Stripping the front-and rear windscreen trim
7: Stripping the door and window trims:
a) Shadowline trim
b) rear view mirrors
c) Side strips including clips etc….
d) M technik door coverings
e) Door handle trim covers
8: Removal of the M technik sideskirts including
b) mounting clips and bolts
9: Removal of the windscreen wipers including plastic covers.
10: Removal of the sunroof
I also removed the interior door-panels of all four doors; this not only allows the body shop to push back some dents (when present), but also simplifies the installation of the tweaters of the Hifi Professional system; issue #4 of my maintenance and upgrade roadmaps. As I already had removed items 7c, 7d, 7e, 8a, 8b and 9, the additional work was manageable within the timeframe between the original and new appointments. The following pictures show some details of the disassembly and stripping of BK02837.
This was actually a deja-vu and came unexpected, but can be easily rectified with some welding.
The two bumpers waiting for transport to the paint-shop; I have instructed them to preserve the signature of the engineer who assembled this car.
Another deja-vu with the sliding rails of the sun-roof. Unfortunately, these are no longer available from BMW so I have to find an alternative.
The edges of the previous (old) repaint are clearly visible, but were hidden behind the shadow-line window trim. The upcoming repaint will take care of this.
The rear from the car in stripped state. The M5 logo will be removed by the paint shop as they are too good to risk damaging during disassembly.
A picture from the front with the bumper and headlights removed.
A broad-side picture from the right side with all the trim parts removed.