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    And of course, I can't figure out how to remove the "body bound rivet". It's not one of those center push-button rivets like in the picture. It's just a solid, flat disc.

    This is making me insane.

    *UPDATE*

    And it doesn't matter, because I destroyed the rivet trying to get it out. The upside, however, is that I DID get it out, the mirror housing IS replaced, and the bike is buttoned back up. Minus one body bound rivet.

    Which I will have to purchase.

    Thank you all so much for all your help. I appreciate the time it took to post those detailed walkthroughs. I owe you all a beer. Let me know when you're in Vegas and I'll make good on that debt.
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    I guess no that you have the new "body bound rivet", as well as the trashed one, you have worked out how they work. Mine was difficult to get out and took a bit of force to get to release and come out.

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    I donít have the new one. Just trashed the existing one yesterday and dealers are closed until tomorrow. Hope I can find it.


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    To anyone who was paying attention to this thread:

    I have been through a few weeks of parts searching with Tim at Sierra BMW (and he has been phenomenal. WAY above and beyond) and we have both exhausted our resources. Either they changed the part on later models or something is missing that neither I nor the guys at Sierra BMW can find and we have spent some serious time poring over the parts fiche. Both together and separately.

    I am at the point where I'm simply going to try and find SOME sort of expandable rivet that will fit and use that because I'm stumped. FWIW it is the "body bound rivet" in the first image.

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    Auto Zone or such stores usually have small packs of these types of plastic rivets. I would try them with the old one in my hand.
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    Could this be it - 51168197908 Expanding rivet https://shop.maxbmw.com/fiche/PartsS...ts=51168197908
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    Quote Originally Posted by strataj View Post
    Could this be it - 51168197908 Expanding rivet https://shop.maxbmw.com/fiche/PartsS...ts=51168197908
    Unfortunately, no. We landed on that as a last resort, and although it looks like the one pictured in the service manual, it simply falls back out of the hole because it's too small.

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    My 2016 RT didn't have the push pin type rivets shown in the RepROM either, but I was careful enough to not destroy them.
    Did you actually destroy both rivets so you can't compare them at an auto parts store? These don't have to be perfect, they just bind a couple of thin plastic panels together. Go to a NAPA or AutoZone and buy a selection of common automotive panel connectors whether push pin or solid.

    Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman48 View Post
    Did you actually destroy both rivets so you can't compare them at an auto parts store?
    Good Luck
    Only destroyed the one that I was trying to remove, but that has shaken my confidence to try and remove the other one. And yes, I agree. Any push pin rivet of the right size would work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by captainmarko View Post
    Only destroyed the one that I was trying to remove, but that has shaken my confidence to try and remove the other one. And yes, I agree. Any push pin rivet of the right size would work.
    If they are NOT push pin types on your bike (and mine weren't) then slip a couple of putty knife/spatulas under opposite sides of the cap and slowly and carefully lift, or at least twist so the edges lift. Try alipping some dental floss under the edge of the cap and then wrapping it a few times around the shank and pulling up. These are $2 parts at best. Don't worry about OEM parts that don't exist or are so hard to exactly match. It doesn't have to be a push pin type. Really! Measure the hole left in the panel from the pin removed, then take an automotive savy friend or an auto body specialist to the auto parts store with you and have him or her help you find a suitable replacement that will do the job.

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    For anybody who has been following this silly saga, I have solved the problem.

    No one at any dealer was able to help, although the guys at Sierra BMW made an above and beyond the call of duty effort.

    In the end, I did an image search for BMW expanding rivet and ended up buying a few rivets that are ostensibly for a BMW car. Perfect fit and problem solved.
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