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  • My 1st bezel fabrication for E39

    I've seen awsome bezel fabrications for BMW cars in this forum. Homemade bezels look so OEM that I decided to make my own too.

    Project has just began so I don't have too many pictures to post but here you can see where I started.

    Bezel is for BMW E39.
    Attached Files
    E39 520iA + Bimmer Tuning Club of Finland

  • #2
    lookin good keep on sanding that sucker down and ull have it perfect

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    • #3
      OT: All of you finnish bezel makers....it was difficult to find SEM products from Finland. There is only one company which imports these products and the price for one spraycan is 37 euros ( about 42-45 usd ).
      E39 520iA + Bimmer Tuning Club of Finland

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      • #4
        Dude I am thinking of doing the exact same thing for my E39 using an existing bezel. Can you tell me what screen you have? And please post pics when you are done.

        Secondly are you keeping the MID and radio deck in place? I want to keep them in place so I can keep the head-up display working on the dash. If you are doing this, how and where are you mounting the MID and radio?

        Thanks

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        • #5
          I don't have the midi in place. I took it away and installed 3rd party amp and Alpine CD player. Screen is 7" Newision TS.

          I'm going to keep my Alpine in order to get DSP sound and hide it somewhere.

          Bezel is not ready yet but I'll post some pics soon.
          E39 520iA + Bimmer Tuning Club of Finland

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          • #6
            This pic has been taken couple of days ago. I'll post some newer ones soon.
            Attached Files
            E39 520iA + Bimmer Tuning Club of Finland

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            • #7
              Oh crap, I hope you didn't make the exact same mistake I made when I did mine. If you're removing the flap (that covers the stock tape deck) you'll need to make it another inch or so taller.

              From the pictures, it looks like you're using the exact same aftermarket single DIN dash bezel I did. PM me if you have any questions, and good luck. E39s RULE :-D
              Matt Atkins
              Seattle5s | President
              '01 M5 Lemans Blue/two tone black and silver interior
              Factory nav.... for now

              Old Car (almost sold)
              '98 540i-6 blk/blk
              Dell 300m | Xenarc 7" | Road Runner | iBusCOMM | NaviVoice | Streets & Trips GPS

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              • #8
                I'm going to integrate the flap into the bezel. I ordered one extra "flap" so I can cut it with dremel and attach it into my bezel.

                Matkins99...do you have any pics of your installation.
                E39 520iA + Bimmer Tuning Club of Finland

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                • #9
                  Some new photos.
                  Attached Files
                  E39 520iA + Bimmer Tuning Club of Finland

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                  • #10
                    Looks great! Any pics of the car?
                    Renault Megane...the OEM look

                    The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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                    • #11
                      This is all I could find.







                      Matt Atkins
                      Seattle5s | President
                      '01 M5 Lemans Blue/two tone black and silver interior
                      Factory nav.... for now

                      Old Car (almost sold)
                      '98 540i-6 blk/blk
                      Dell 300m | Xenarc 7" | Road Runner | iBusCOMM | NaviVoice | Streets & Trips GPS

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                      • #12
                        what did you used to blend together the display with the dash???

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                        • #13
                          I used superglue to attach screen frames and radio bezel together.
                          E39 520iA + Bimmer Tuning Club of Finland

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                          • #14
                            I used duramix 4040 and 4056. If I was to do it again, I'd just use 4056.

                            Here's a tip if you're curious. Cut a hole in the bezel slightly larger than the screen you're trying to mold in. Cover the front side with masking tape and then position the screen in the hole. Now fill in the gaps with whatever type of filling agent you plan to use (bondo/fiberglass/duramix) Once it dries peal the masking tape off and you'll have a flush surface. With Duramix, if you do it right, you won't even have any shallow spots to fill in.

                            Here's why I chose Duramix

                            Pros:
                            - Fast dry to sand time of only 5 minutes
                            - it is plastic, so no surface transition to worry about.
                            - smooth solid surface when dried
                            - very liquid at first so it can easily fill small cracks

                            Cons:
                            - Expensive ($40 a tube)
                            - New tip needed each time (tips aren't expensive... but still)
                            - work time of only 60 seconds
                            Matt Atkins
                            Seattle5s | President
                            '01 M5 Lemans Blue/two tone black and silver interior
                            Factory nav.... for now

                            Old Car (almost sold)
                            '98 540i-6 blk/blk
                            Dell 300m | Xenarc 7" | Road Runner | iBusCOMM | NaviVoice | Streets & Trips GPS

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                            • #15
                              Today I sprayed some filler over the bezel and checked how it looks. I also took some new photos. As you can see I still have some work to do.
                              Attached Files
                              E39 520iA + Bimmer Tuning Club of Finland

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