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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Wed, Dec-06-2017, 08:12:05 AM   #11
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Default Re: Bimmian key hole cover

Is there anyway to get the lock cylinder back?

I removed my key hole delete and there's not 1 there...
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Is there anyway to get the lock cylinder back?

I removed my key hole delete and there's not 1 there...

Re-key the car. I can't think of a reason to have a lock cylinder - unless you are permanently removing the keyhole cap.
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Old Wed, Dec-06-2017, 01:45:19 PM   #13
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The lock key cylinder is not required. Some remove it as a security measure.
Is there an easy way to secure the black keyhole cover to the body if you remove the lock cylinder? It looks like it just clips onto the lock mechanism.
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Ya it clips onto the lock cylinder. So you would basically have to glue it into place ghetto style.
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Ya it clips onto the lock cylinder. So you would basically have to glue it into place ghetto style.
No - actually you don't. Its been a lot of years since I installed mine and removed the lock cylinder. But it installs without a fuss, securely - and without any BS methods. The car has run for 90% of it's life with that keyhole delete - zero issues.
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Wait, how are you guys installing this without Transfering the lock mechanism? My bimmian cover doesn’t come with any threads for the Allen bolt to go into. If I just put the cover by itself it’ll just fall out.

Personally I’m only doing this to get the lock mechanism out for security reasons. Aesthetically the factory keyhole cover doesn’t bother me.
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No - actually you don't. Its been a lot of years since I installed mine and removed the lock cylinder. But it installs without a fuss, securely - and without any BS methods. The car has run for 90% of it's life with that keyhole delete - zero issues.

Interesting. Do you have the Bimmian or BMW one? My Bimmian cover snaps onto the key cylinder as seen in the photo. I don't see how else it would securely attach. That's why you have to swap the key cylinder over to the Bimmian cover.

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In theory, couldn't you just get a keyhole cover from a RHD (UK) model and swap it right on? That way you don't have to deal with the Bimmian garbage.
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I found a Silver Grey RHD cover on eBay for $12, I will try it out. In theory it should work.
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I found a Silver Grey RHD cover on eBay for $12, I will try it out. In theory it should work.

Just got it today. The color matches perfectly compared to the Bimmian one.







Unfortunately it will not work as the angle is different. Oh well it was only $12.

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