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Old 02-28-2010, 08:10 AM   #21
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Did this under the driver's seat on my 330xi. Great for "odds & ends".
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:53 PM   #22
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I bought a short euro-tray and I am using the first aid box as a storage place for the cup holders (just incase).
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:11 AM   #23
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In case someone needs the part numbers Actual First Aid box 52107044958 and Bracket 52107045018.

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Old 03-04-2010, 02:25 PM   #24
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If any of you have sport seats and want to do this. 12 3/4" sheet metal screws won't work as they are too long and will stop the cushion from coming out. I couldn't find any shorter then that I used a spacer ( you can use a nut as well) and worked fine.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:47 PM   #25
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nice DIY, I will be attempting this soon.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:00 AM   #26
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Great DIY from a GREAT guy!

(@ Sparker92 back then i didn't even know this was you)
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:24 AM   #27
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I have 2 on either seat. The one on the passenger seat came with the car and has the first aid kit. The driver's seat comes with all the holes pre-drilled so installed another one so I have extra storage space within reach.
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:23 PM   #28
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Looks like I have pre-drilled holes under my seats. Does anyone know the screws that fit the pre-drilled holes? Otherwise I'll just end up trying a bunch.
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:19 PM   #29
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Looks like I have pre-drilled holes under my seats. Does anyone know the screws that fit the pre-drilled holes? Otherwise I'll just end up trying a bunch.
According to the OP it's a #10 sheet metal screw. See pic in first post.

As mentioned, the holes are not threaded...which is why you have to use self taping screws.
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I see, stupid question then. I didn't realize that the OP had pre-drilled holes, but I see now that the distinction is the lack of thread.
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:18 PM   #31
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I now have first aid boxes on both seats. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread.

#10 didn't work, just slid all the way through the hole. #12 didn't work, slide almost all the way through the hole - wouldn't thread with spacers. Had to go to 1/4", I think that's #14. Once I got it in though, as JapanRed pointed out, the 3/4" length screw stops the sport seat cushion from adjusting. Furthermore, I found that if I put enough washers on (5) to allow the seat cushion to adjust, I couldn't get the screw to properly thread. If I put few enough washers to get the screw to thread (4), I had to leave the screw loose to get the seat cushion to adjust - therefore the bracket was loose.

Here was the procedure I eventually adopted with the 1/4" hex head 3/4" self-tapping screw.

- Screw straight into the hole first using a ratchet and extender (don't bother with the mounting bracket yet).
- Back the screw out.
- Cut the tip off of the screw so that only threads and head are left (I used a Dremel).
- Attach the mounting bracket with the modified screw and 3 washers, tightening fully.

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Old 06-09-2011, 11:52 AM   #32
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:00 PM   #33
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According to the OP it's a #10 sheet metal screw. See pic in first post.

As mentioned, the holes are not threaded...which is why you have to use self taping screws.
I was able to run a tap through the holes, and used metric bolts.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:47 PM   #34
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I checked out your site to find you have one of the most beautiful colors BMW ever put on a car. See my garage for my MGG coupe which I special ordered back in '04.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:12 PM   #35
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I checked out your site to find you have one of the most beautiful colors BMW ever put on a car. See my garage for my MGG coupe which I special ordered back in '04.
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Wow, I appreciate your compliments. When I bought it the salesman said I'll either love it or hate it (the color). Love the color, hate the salesman...LOL Oh yeah, I still have it, I plan on keeping for a long time (wife loves it too).
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:15 PM   #36
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After trying many screws this is what you need for the sport seats with that adjustable thing in the front.

Size 14 - 1/2 inch long sheet metal screws. These are thick enough to actually screw into the holes and not too long to interfere with the seat adjustmant.

I hope this helps.
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:09 PM   #37
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After trying many screws this is what you need for the sport seats with that adjustable thing in the front.
Size 14 - 1/2 inch long sheet metal screws. These are thick enough to actually screw into the holes and not too long to interfere with the seat adjustmant.
I hope this helps.
If you did it the way BMW wanted you to you'd tap the holes under the sport seat to accept the proper "bolt." Self-tapping will work, as you found out.
Screw - part # 07 14 9 169 302. M6X12 T30 You need two min for the front (there are 3 holes).
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:40 PM   #38
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Very nice, this will be my next thing to do.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:11 PM   #39
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Thanks for the write up fellas. My replacement 330d Tourer just arrived and the cover for the first aid box is broken. Simple enough to slide out and replace with new one - I may even put one under the drivers seat, too!
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Size 14 - 1/2 inch long sheet metal screws. These are thick enough to actually screw into the holes and not too long to interfere with the seat adjustmant.
If I try to unscrew the self tapping screws and replace with the correct size (so i can get my seat adjustments back) will that strip the hole?
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