I wanted to fit a set of silver rings into my clocks to give them a bit of a modern facelift so to speak!
These are the ones I bought E36 328 M3 SILVER CLUSTER GAUGE RINGS BEZEL RING BMW BEZEL PAINTED 318 325 320 | eBay
the seller is in Taiwan, so long as you don't mind waiting, I thought they were pretty good quality! Took 9 days to arrive to me!
I did this job on my E36 just the other day, so thought that i would throw together a quick How-To guide in order to help people to carry out this simple yet effective Mod themselves!
So here are the clocks still fitted into the car, in order to remove them from the dash binnacle the two Torx screws highlighted must be removed.
Once these are out, there are several methods that can be employed to get the clocks out of the binnacle, the easiest and probably least likely to damage anything is to get the sucker mount thingy that holds your Sat-Nav to the window and stick that to the face of the clocks and pull, then they should come away!
Once they are out far enough to get your hand in and behind there are three plugs to disconnect.
The gap between the wheel and the dash is pretty tight, but with the wheel adjusted to it's lowest position, they will fit without damaging them!
Next take your clocks to a table or work-bench, where screw etc. won't get dropped and lost.
Turn them over and look at the back, here you will see 5 T10 Torx screws, remove them all.
In this pic you can also easily see the sockets for the 3 connectors that need to be removed in the step above!
Once removed, with a little bit of pressure you should be able to split the clocks into two halves, like so!
The section with all of the circuitry on can be placed safely to one side now, as it is the other part that we will be working on now.
Highlighted below are 3 strange twisty knobs, can't really think of any other way to describe them!
The black part is fixed but around the outside of each you will see a white collar, these are what hold the clock faces into the housing, twist the collars until they line up with the slots in the housing and the then clock faces will easily lift off. Be gentle with them as them are delicate!
Here is what you will have if it all came apart correctly.
Now you are free to fit each ring into it's respective location, like so!
I have heard of people having a right nightmare trying to fit some rings into their clocks, such as having to file plastic away etc! These ones however where a breeze to fit, and simply click into place, so I can recommend that you buy the same ones from the link above!
Once fitted reassemble the clocks in reverse order of removal, back to this!
If you have any bulbs that aren't working inside the clocks, then now is also the time to swap them out for new ones!
Squeeze them back in between the wheel and the dash, remember to connect up all three connectors and push back into the binnacle.
Refit the two Torx screws and then test your clocks, to make sure that they work as they should! All done
Hopefully this should make fitting the rings a little easier and take away any guess work that may otherwise have happened!