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Old Thu, Jan-11-2018, 01:42:20 AM   #2
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Default Re: E46 M3 Exhaust Tip Replacement

6. With the tip in place, twist it so that the rivets are fit easily and are flush with the surface. When you’re happy with the fit of all three, get your riveter and squeeze the bottom two first. The OEM rivet (the portion that you inserted into the holes) could be just slightly too long so they don’t sit perfectly flush, so make a partial squeeze which will flatten it partially from underneath, then make a second partial squeeze. Then it won’t be too long and should sit flush.

7. For the top one, you have very little space. Now that the two below are secure, pull the top test fit rivet out with your hand (it’s still loose) and put it into your riveter. It’s the only way I could get the rivet and riveter in that space. I positioned my riveter so that the handles are parallel with the exhaust (point to the driver side). Then get some gloves and squeeze your hands up in the space and squeeze as much as you can. Once the rivet is halfway installed, I then moved the riveter so that the handles are facing out the back of the bumper area and then finished it with ease. And you're left with three sacrificial rivet rods on your garage floor as a reward. After that, you’re done!

This took me about 40min to do including taking pictures and figuring out what to do (this was my first time doing this.). I hope it was helpful and it’s not complicated to do once you get into it.

And yes, my car did get a bath after this install. Keeping clean after a New England blizzard is tough.
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