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Old 01-12-2013, 11:43 AM   #21
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how many of these clips are needed on each C pillar and each A pillar?
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:22 PM   #22
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I'm getting ready to do this for my c pillars so I'll let you know
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:00 PM   #23
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There are four in the c pillar and I suggest changing them out. Mine were brittle and the new ones seem to be better quality. I paid $1.38 per clip so why not?
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:53 AM   #24
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:08 PM   #25
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I know this threads about a month old, but how many of those clips did you actually need? Are there 4 in each pillar? I'm about to redo my whole interior, including the headliner which I don't even know if that has any clips in it
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:00 PM   #26
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Needed this thanks!
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:21 PM   #27
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I subbed to fanatics just for this article. How hard would it be to redo the pillars in something less thin & frail like pleather to fit in with my seats or just leave it bare grey plastic? That felt stuff is just abit aggravating. I despise it even on the roof.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:04 AM   #28
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I subbed to fanatics just for this article. How hard would it be to redo the pillars in something less thin & frail like pleather to fit in with my seats or just leave it bare grey plastic? That felt stuff is just abit aggravating. I despise it even on the roof.
I only have experience with the front pillars. With something thick like pleather you may really have to work at it to get them to fit back in. I know with the carbon fiber wrap the fit was already really really tight. Give it a try though and let us know.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:47 PM   #29
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I replaced my A and C pillars yesterday. The A pillars are straight forward as documented in this DIY. The C pillars I had no torx bolt to undo, and the clips didn't break, so I used the spares I had to install ( 2 per side). Be sure you clip the top pieces into the body sockets and ensure the bottom rear protusion piece lines up in the hole for it. Also, the replacement C pillars didn't come with a black rubber buffer piece, so I just transferred it from the old ones to the new ones. Still had enough stick left on it that it was easy to do.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:04 PM   #30
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Great write up, just did my A-Pillars yesterday, about 30 minutes per side, I found that I did not need to replace the plastic nuts, but I ordered 4 just incase.

The invoice shown is for a GRAY 2002 325CI, so if you need part numbers, here you go. Also notice with the BMW CCA discount, the parts come out cheaper than anywhere else I was able to find.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:40 PM   #31
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Finally got around to my B Pillars today. Let me correct that - my wife got around to my b pillars today. We picked up Aleene's Tacky Spray at Joanns Fabric for $7.99. She wisely sent me inside to watch football and got to work. All she did was peel the fabric back, hit it with tacky spray and pushed it back down with a small putty knife. 25 minutes later, its done and looks great - its not perfect but its a lot better than it was and for $8 I'm good with that. She said its super easy and if anyone in SoCal needs it done just swing over.
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