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anyone out there know where I can get the tool / what type it is to change the wheel trims on the 17" wheels - throwing stars.

The screws holing the trims on appear to need a screwdriver a bit like a 12 pointed star. I tried a T30 bit (6 pointed) and it stripped a bit of the screw grrrrrrr so I have gone no further. Even a specialist tool shop looked blank and thought it must be a specialist BMW tool.

PS they are also a bit corroded - so I am soaking in WD40 to ease them - but all the more important why it needs to be exactly the right tool to get them off
 

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Mine are held on by standard 5mm alan-head-bolts. Not sure if that's how they came from the factory or if they've been replaced but they look pretty standard.

I'll be ordering some new ones when I rebuild my wheels after their refurb as some are corroded.
 

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Mine were well stuck on so I just hammered a bigger 6 point star bit in to the head of the bolt and replaced with new allen bolts afterwards. Brutal but effective ouich

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Bryn.
 

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Bryn said:
Mine were well stuck on so I just hammered a bigger 6 point star bit in to the head of the bolt and replaced with new allen bolts afterwards. Brutal but effective ouich

Cheers,
Bryn.
That was going to be my next strategy! good to know this worked!

PS are the bolts pretty standard/easy to find?

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By now, these bolts are going to be awkward to remove.

When I did mine (removed turbines), of the twenty five, twenty broke the seal with a good twist, three required a tap with a hammer and bit'o'metal to break the seal, two were no good and were delicately drilled out.

(drill technique I use is to put a metal bit about 60% of the diameter down about an inch or so, then force a star or torx into the hole and twist, works a treat, ymmv)



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The bolts are;

Turbine - M6 Screws, five per wheel, torque limit 2.2ft/lbs, BMW part number 36 11 2 226 326

Throwing Star M6 Screws, five per wheel, torque limit 2.2ft/lbs, BMW part number 36 11 2 227 124

Cost was about 40 pence (70 cents, one euro ;)) each.




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I remember that the way I got a tool was to order one bolt new, take it to a tools shop, match the tool required, (a lot easier than driving the car into the shop and up to the counter, trust me), then remove the bolts at leisure.

I then found that the old bolts were a bit skanky, so ordered a fresh set of twenty five plus spares from BMW.


Ivan.
 

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IvanDias said:
By now, these bolts are going to be awkward to remove.

When I did mine (removed turbines), of the twenty five, twenty broke the seal with a good twist, three required a tap with a hammer and bit'o'metal to break the seal, two were no good and were delicately drilled out.

(drill technique I use is to put a metal bit about 60% of the diameter down about an inch or so, then force a star or torx into the hole and twist, works a treat, ymmv)


The bolts are;

Turbine - M6 Screws, five per wheel, torque limit 2.2ft/lbs, BMW part number 36 11 2 226 326

Throwing Star M6 Screws, five per wheel, torque limit 2.2ft/lbs, BMW part number 36 11 2 227 124

Cost was about 40 pence (70 cents, one euro ;)) each.




~smile~
I remember that the way I got a tool was to order one bolt new, take it to a tools shop, match the tool required, (a lot easier than driving the car into the shop and up to the counter, trust me), then remove the bolts at leisure.

I then found that the old bolts were a bit skanky, so ordered a fresh set of twenty five plus spares from BMW.


Ivan.
Many thanks Ivan - i owe you a beer for that :cheers:
 

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Martinhp,

Added a pic of the tool. Any good toolshop should have it. About £6-7 iirc.


Sorry about second pic being a bit shaky.



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