Seat back cable fix
Have a new, much easier way to fix the seatbacks on the E39. The Mrs. told me the seatback was crooked a while back and I researched the shortening of the cable fix. Looked it over and I started the job this morning. Once I had the seats out and the seat back cable removed from the motor, I got to looking at this thing and tried to find another way to effectively lengthen the cable, which is what the method of cutting the cable outer sheath does. It popped into my mind I could cut about 11 mm of the metal end fitting that goes into the motor thus lengthening the cable. I used a tubing cutter to cut the end of the metal off, then I split that piece and put it back on the other side of the collar to make up for the space on the back side between the bracket. It worked really well and I did not have to heat the outer cable sheath, work the metal fitting off and cut the plastic then re-fit it all. Here are some pics I took while I did the job. They are a little blurry but I think you will get the idea.