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Old 06-24-2004, 12:18 AM   #1
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removing rear backrest

anyone know how to remove the rear backrest on a 2001 E46 Coupe? not the cushion you sit on but the part your back rests against, hence the name, that folds down. i searched every posible combination of words e.g., backrest, rear seat back, rear seat, etc...) but couldn't come up with any directions.
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Old 06-24-2004, 12:26 AM   #2
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There's like screws somewhere and then you just pull it off. My friend removed mine when I got my 2-tone interior, so I dont really know exactly how to do it...
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There's like screws somewhere and then you just pull it off. My friend removed mine when I got my 2-tone interior, so I dont really know exactly how to do it...
haha, that helps a lot.
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Headrests

While we are at it, does anyone know how to remove the rear headrests on an E46 coupe? Just to get access to the rear shelf.
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While we are at it, does anyone know how to remove the rear headrests on an E46 coupe? Just to get access to the rear shelf.
you just pull straight up on them. chances are, the headrest will come out but the 2 metal rods will still be stuck to the shelf. just pull up on them with a twisting motion and they'll come right out.
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Yes pull really really HARD!!!!
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Yes pull really really HARD!!!!
try not the crack your knuckles on the rear glass. it hurts.
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Old 10-15-2004, 03:03 AM   #8
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try not the crack your knuckles on the rear glass. it hurts.
I hope that you punch yourself in the face when you pull it out. TTRANNY
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:11 PM   #9
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the head rests are easy ! if you lift the edge of the shelf up under the headrests ! you will see a pin holding the headrest in place ! there are 4 of these ! remove them all and they will just come out !

and there is no way in to the boot from the inside ! have you tried holding the button on your key fob ! ?
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there is no way in to the boot from the inside ! have you tried holding the button on your key fob ! ?[/QUOTE]


if you have the ski bag, unzip the side, stick your arm in the hole of it, then reach real far and up and see if you can find a handle. push it out towards the rear of your car and the seat folds down. no way to do it huh? learn your car.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:18 AM   #11
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Here's how to remove them easily:

- raise the headrest as high as it can go
- use a pair of pliers to rotate the shafts 45 degrees outboard (turn the left shaft clockwise and the right shaft counterclockwise)
- remove the headrest
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I have nothing to add, however this thread has been resurrected repeatedly and Easter was just a few days ago so..... BAM, thread is risen!
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