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Gordon13
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Chrome handles

Post by Gordon13 » Sun 13 Sep, 2015 17:20

Looking for some chrome door handles, which seem to be a little rare, to say the least.

I then found these on a popular auction site,

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/BMW-E36- ... RTM2065547

Has anybody used them? are they any good ?

I'm rather sceptical, given the price.
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Re: Chrome handles

Post by ('_')Z3 » Sun 13 Sep, 2015 17:27

These were the ones I was recommended by a previous buyer on the forum who was pleased with the quality, although I've not got round to purchasing them yet they are still in my watch list :oops:
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Mike Fishwick
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Re: Chrome handles

Post by Mike Fishwick » Sun 13 Sep, 2015 18:14

They are probably similar to the 'Wellstar' handle covers I have been using for about twelve years - no problems, apart from using black silicone in place of the sticky pads for the handle surrounds. They are a lot cheaper than buying complete new door catch/handle lifter units, and after many years they are still in good condition.

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I bought mine second hand, both having holes for locks, and blanked both off with BMW Club badges, as the lock holes were rather deep, and could have gathered rainwater.
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Re: Chrome handles

Post by leggy92 » Mon 14 Sep, 2015 13:27

I have a set... I have taken them off of my car so obviously second hand. If you're interested though let me know

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Re: Chrome handles

Post by Gordon13 » Mon 14 Sep, 2015 18:24

leggy92 wrote:I have a set... I have taken them off of my car so obviously second hand. If you're interested though let me know
Thanks, may well be interested. Are they the same as Mikes or like the Ebay ones?

How did you fix them to the original handles?

And, most important, how do you value them?

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Re: Chrome handles

Post by Mr Silver » Mon 14 Sep, 2015 20:59

Bought a set from Taiwan 6 years ago and still as new today. I was very sceptical about quality but they are undetectable from an original chrome part. Don't pay silly money for a set, they almost certainly all come from the same manufacturer.

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Re: Chrome handles

Post by TitanTim » Wed 16 Sep, 2015 11:37

Be careful if you buy cheap as the chrome finish can yellow over time.

I've got the Wellstars trims on mine and they are the best however a passenger managed to scratch the lift handle which wouldn't polish out. The Wellstar trims don't appear to be available anymore or I can't find any for the Z3 so I bought a cheapish set off ebay and replaced the Wellstar trim, however it does have a yellowish tinge to it.

If anyone knows a Wellstar supplier please shout up.

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Re: Chrome handles

Post by Mike Fishwick » Wed 16 Sep, 2015 16:26

My Wellstar trims were labelled as being for E36 saloons, which is logical - hence the lock hole on the passenger door.
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Re: Chrome handles

Post by littlefeller » Mon 21 Sep, 2015 19:04

I have lock holes on both doors, is this something on preface lift only?

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Re: Chrome handles

Post by littlefeller » Mon 21 Sep, 2015 19:05

leggy92 wrote:I have a set... I have taken them off of my car so obviously second hand. If you're interested though let me know
how much?

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Re: Chrome handles

Post by Gordon13 » Mon 21 Sep, 2015 19:30

leggy92 wrote:I have a set... I have taken them off of my car so obviously second hand. If you're interested though let me know
Thanks Matt, only started with a simple question and seem to have a few more shiny bits than I bargained for.

Recon they will look smart, I'll pop up a pic of them fitted but that may be a week or so.

In the mean time here they are polished up.

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Re: Chrome handles

Post by leggy92 » Thu 24 Sep, 2015 13:52

Not to worry mate, glad you are happy with them!

Enjoy!

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