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      02-21-2014, 01:55 PM   #1
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Maybe I'm late on this one, but i just found out that the NV housing and module are different on the '14s so I couldn't swap out for the new grille. Spoke to IND this morning and they stated that they may be able to make a custom modification on their grill to fit the '13s. Love that company...hope they follow through. BTW, I also found out that the RPI scoops will not fit behind the NV module so I'll be posting mine up for sale. I was one of the first to get them and they neglected to note that it wouldn't fit.
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Are the BMW LCI N/V Performance front grilles out yet?

I am hoping to retrofit one onto my car as well.
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I don't think so. But don't you have a '13?
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I don't think so. But don't you have a '13?
Yeah I want to replace my 2013 M5's pre-LCI performance n/v front grilles with LCI performance n/v front grilles (black chrome).

Even considering removing the NV (if it's simple to do which I assume it is) to use the grilles. Until a permanent N/V solution comes along.
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Actually, that's not a crazy idea. I never use my night vision. I wonder if that would throw off other systems. I blew a fuse trying to replace my interior bulbs with LED and 3 systems went to hell.
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Actually, that's not a crazy idea. I never use my night vision. I wonder if that would throw off other systems. I blew a fuse trying to replace my interior bulbs with LED and 3 systems went to hell.
Not sure if unplugging the NV would throw an error code on the iDrive.

If it does, then I would need to change a code or code out NV by changing the VO - that way the car would think it doesn't have the NV option.
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Spoke to my tech, he said that would throw a bunch of codes. Have faith that IND can take care of us. We're counting on you Nate!!!
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Spoke to my tech, he said that would throw a bunch of codes. Have faith that IND can take care of us. We're counting on you Nate!!!
I have the LCI MP grilles coming in the mail. Should have them on Monday or Tuesday.

I am going to remove night vision from my vehicle order (VO) by coding it out. Then install the front grilles and it shouldn't throw any codes.

Leaving it unplugged I would think would throw a code. But if the car believes it doesn't have N/V option, then it shouldn't throw any codes as a result of the unplugged cable.
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You're a brave man. Keep me posted.
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Just got around to doing my install.

It was not easy, and did not go as planned. You can see I didn't install my left grille laser jammer. The stuff behind the grille is my jammer and NV cables I zip tied off until I find part number for a part I am missing.

I have a lot of info on this.. will post more info soon.
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I'm in the same boat....=/ want the new LCI grill but cant get it due to NV, hope IND will come through with it just like u.
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I'm in the same boat....=/ want the new LCI grill but cant get it due to NV, hope IND will come through with it just like u.
You can have IND order the LCI NV front grille in chrome and when it's arrives they can paint it for you.

That is what I did, however I ran into an issue and temporarily installed the non nv until I find the parts I need to secure my N/V camera into the LCI grille.
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Notes on install:

1. BMW changed suppliers for black chrome parts. It does not match the old supplier black chrome. Most interesting, the black chrome looks identical to 668 black paint.

In the photo I posted earlier: the right front grille is black paint, the left front grille (NV side) is black chrome. You cannot tell a difference between the two.

2. After I transferred my NV camera into the new LCI housing, the back plate that secures the camera did not fit. I need a new "LCI part" (that being the back plate). Working on finding the part #.

Temporarily, I installed the non-nv left front grille. I zip tied my LI jammer and the NV plug together and to the radiator bracket. I taped over the plug with electrical tape to prevent water from getting into the connector. I tucked the NV lens washer fluid tube away.

3. I started the car up with the NV unplugged and no error appeared. I turned the lights on and off, and I press the NV button to enable it, however pressing the button did nothing. So currently I can say that the car is error free with NV unplugged. I haven't driven the car yet after I unplugged it. I don't think that would matter though.
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I wonder if that would throw off other systems.
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I wonder if that would throw off other systems.
Unplugging NV? Nope, don't think it would affect anything.

I was planning on coding NV out by removing it from the VO. But then after seeing that unplugging it causes no error, there was no need to code it out.

But again this is temporary until I get the part I need (cover to secure NV camera). Then I am going to install the NV grille.
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Ok, so it's just the camera housing that's changed, not the camera unit itself. Wow, if you can source the housing back, we're golden. You, Sir, are the MAN!!!
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Maybe I'm late on this one, but i just found out that the NV housing and module are different on the '14s so I couldn't swap out for the new grille. Spoke to IND this morning and they stated that they may be able to make a custom modification on their grill to fit the '13s. Love that company...hope they follow through. BTW, I also found out that the RPI scoops will not fit behind the NV module so I'll be posting mine up for sale. I was one of the first to get them and they neglected to note that it wouldn't fit.
Are the non-NV LCI M performance kidney grills available to order? If so where is the best place to order them (for USA customers)?

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Are the non-NV LCI M performance kidney grills available to order? If so where is the best place to order them (for USA customers)?

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I believe the IND ones are painted chrome. I was wondering if BMW has released their OEM gloss black M perf LCI kidneys.
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I believe the IND ones are painted chrome. I was wondering if BMW has released their OEM gloss black M perf LCI kidneys.
No, but there is the Night Hawk front grille which is black chrome.. In reality it matches black paint 668. See my post above and photo of the two front grilles.

Do you need NV or non-NV?
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No, but there is the Night Hawk front grille which is black chrome.. In reality it matches black paint 668. See my post above and photo of the two front grilles.

Do you need NV or non-NV?
I need non-NV version. The black chrome looks nice but the rest of my trim is gloss black so I would like gloss black (same as my current non-LCI M perf kidneys).

I also have Laser Interceptors that I would have to re-mount.... PITA.
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