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Old 08-15-2014, 10:51 PM   #1
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Please help. Need guidance

Hello fellow e46 and BMW fanatics. I just picked these seat up for a sweet price and looking to install then in my e46. Click image for larger version

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Does anyone know what are needed ? Click image for larger version

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Also wanna have the slider function.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:33 AM   #2
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What brand and model are the seats.


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What brand and model are the seats.


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I'm just not sure


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Old 09-15-2014, 01:57 AM   #4
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Do not know the model seats? I would not just install any seat into my car. They need to be of a certain quality to be safe. There are after-market seats that are cheap, but come no where near passing the safety standards of almost any car, and especially BMW. What speed are they test for? Will they collapse based on a slow speed collision? Most after-market seats are far below BMW safety collision testing--meaning they will not support you in a accident, they will just pop off the floor at say 40 or 50 mph collision--or whatever speed.
That being said, first thing would be that they MUST be secured properly through the floor frame. That does not mean it is mounted like it is going in your kitchen. Even doing this step properly, will not correct a poorly, weakly designed chair that will collapse internally in an accident. .
Use THE bolts that your car uses, and the attachment points is what you want to use. Do not use something like a 1/4 inch hardware bolt because it FITS and does not rattle, and when you push it with your hand it seems secure. IT IS NOT.
Can't forget the time I saw someone who mounted his new, non standard seats, with the equivalent of heavy wire and told me how safe it was, "see, it does not move when you push on it with all force". Safety first, appearance second---your life is at risk.
Otherwise it is like mounting nothing better than a kitchen chair like bucket seat in your car. In an accident you will going flying through the window, forget the seat belts.
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