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Old 01-04-2005, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok i just bought a 1992 318is and i was wondering if anyone had ever heard or knew if it was possible to take off the inner door panels...like around the actuall door opener handle on the interrior, and remove the leather/pleather and put a new fabric over it....i was thinking a short haired but still fuzzy leopard print? or maybe some other cool fabric. i figured i could prolly peel off the old stuff then use like a spray adhesive or somthing and then pin it down behind it and pop it back into place?...if anyone has any questions, comments, concerns, advice, or bad too say about it please post! i want everyones opinions.

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i don't know about the fuzzy leopard print, but thats just me. i would put the exact thing that came on the car. but i don't think its as easy as it sounds. unless you have experience in the fabric stuff. but its possible and will save you money. if it was me, i'd end up saying..."ahhh fuck it" and trash the old ones and buy brand new ones to save my time.
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If fuzzy leopard print is in the future im almost afraid to tell you how. The door panel is held in place by door clips and 2 torx screws. first, slide off the black trim around the handle. Then, behind the larger grip handle, you will see two U shaped covers Pop those off to reveal the torx. Unscrew the lock pin. Now start from the bottom and pry the door panel off. You'll pop the rivets out and probably break a few. thats ok though. The door panel is off except for any wires or speakers. Disconnect, and your done.
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My door is loose, and I can see the broken plastic connectors. I bought a replacement set (cheap). How do I manage to get the new ones in?
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Old 01-05-2005, 01:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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fuzzy what.... ill the door panels are a pain! helps to have another person helpig you, just becuase the project sucks! but it doable

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how do people get the idea that this looks good ?
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its not hard for one person to do. I've done it alot.

To get a new pin in you'll need to take the door panel off and insert it, then pop everything back together.
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its not hard for one person to do. I've done it alot.

To get a new pin in you'll need to take the door panel off and insert it, then pop everything back together.
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yeah ive done it twice by myself 1 time with another person. if you have to do it again try throwing in two more hands, its one job on a car that they cant get in the way, and can really help line up stuff and get it all to go back in right! just my preference i guess..

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