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Old 04-25-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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Disassemble of Front headrest for convertible DIY?

I took my front seats out to paint all of the plastic pieces to match my new two tone, but Im stuck at the plastic housing that raises the headrest up and down. Does anyone have pics of the proper disassemble of this piece? I really need it and the only thing I found searching didn't given any additional insight.

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Old 04-25-2010, 01:35 PM   #2
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I think part #2 just unclips and slides up:

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Old 04-25-2010, 02:45 PM   #3
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I figured it out! I guess this will be my first DIY to contribute to the forum since the drivers side is already disassemble i will wait until I get to the passenger side to take pics.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:23 PM   #4
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How did you get the cover off? ive got the same problem

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Old 05-23-2013, 01:05 AM   #5
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Part 3 (actually 2 parts) are the black triangular plastic pieces covering the workings on the front and back. They just pull off, and get broken in the process. There's nothing that you can do about them breaking. The TIS says this is what happens. Once you have these off, there are small torx bolts below that come out, and then the headrest just pull out sideways. You need the headrest at an intermediate height for it to pull out nicely.

To get the black cover piece off (#2), remove the smaller torx screws at the base of it (in the picture above) and it then just pulls off.

As a point of interest, I did this myself a couple of years ago, and didn't bother replacing the plastic cover pieces. You don't even notice they aren't there, as the seat belt covers it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:20 PM   #6
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Just got to the job, Thanks your instructions made the job a snap!
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