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Old 06-16-2004, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As the thread topic states, I have a 2 door 323 coupe with rear headrests. I hardly EVER carry passengers and when I do, itís usually only one person who sits in the front.
My problem is, it's hard to see other cars out the back because the headrests are in the way. Is there any way to take these things off? I've pulled up on the metal shafts rather hard, and pulled up on the headrest itself only to find out you can vertically adjust it, and that's about it. Please tell me there's a method to remove them. The manual says almost nothing about them.
I drive in lots of heavy, fast moving traffic every day and I like to see whats going on around me.
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I don't know how to remove those....

On a brighter note, if your interior is black and you get them out, I will gladly buy them from ya....
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Tan, sorry.
I dont want them GONE, I just want to remove them for the summer when I'm driving 40 miles everyday with nobody else in the car. I want to put them back in later... If I ddidn't care, I'd bust out the bolt cutters

I'm beginning to think that you can't remove them without a lot of disassembly...
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my car dosent have them.... im in luck
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if they won't just pull out, then I believe you must remove the rear seat to access whatever is holding them in place. Removing the seats is a breeze; they are held in by clips.
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the little hand latch things, yah, I folded the seats down and looked where the poles for the headrest would be and there's just few holes on the metal frame of the car, I stick my fingers in there and looked inside with a flashlight and don't see ANY sort of latching mechanism :\

You have to be able to remove the headrests to remove the rear deck!

I'm probably going to have to remove the rear deck or start disassembling the rear cab to figure it out. I'll let you guys know.
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Hi buddy , what you need to do is first fold the seat backs down .

Remove the side bolsters by pulling forward then once unlatched , up

remove both side.

Using a flat heat screw driver or door panel removal tool , remove the 4 black plugs on the truck pass through trim panel , pull top towards you and then down.

(optional - remove both c pillars , becarefull not to break any latches and disconnect both opra lights) -makes next step easier.

Lift rear hat shelf up , You'll see 4 posts that go through the uni-body construction that the rear head rest shafts slide into to.

remove the cadimized colored spring clips from each shaft

NOW the head rests will pull up.


reassemble , your done . I wouln't bother re-installing the spring clips again , that way you'll be able to pull out and re install them again at any time without doing any work.


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This allows me to remove them later just by pulling up on them? or do I have to repeat this process each time I want to take them out?

EDIT: It's semi-permanent, I have to disassemble everything again to secure them down again, they may rattle.
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Bump.
Yay, I got them out!
http://alt.bitcore.org/pics/bmw-forums/rea...drest/index.htm

Not sure if anyone else cares about it or wants to do this, but here's how.
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They won't rattle , and now you can pull em out to wash the inside of your rear window.
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now you can pull em out to wash the inside of your rear window.
... Which I promptly did, lol. That window was DISGUSTING, I did it about 5 months ago with the headrests in and did a half ass job just so I could see better. I drive with the windows down alot, I think road grime and crap just collected on it from all the wind rushing around it.
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