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Old 11-15-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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Somebody please help me before I take a bat to my car!!

Okayy. I have read countless articles on here and other sites about removing my rear headrests in a coupe. They will not budge. I have tried to pry. I have tried to press. I can bench press 400 pounds however cannot push up these headrests. I have found no locking mechanism nor read about any. Wtf is the secret? Anybody have any tips or local to MD/DC metro that would want to help me.
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Brah theres a tab you gotta hold on to release the locking mechanism
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:03 PM   #4
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Haha. Not trying to be one. Just frustrated. Where exactly are the tabs located?
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:04 PM   #5
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For my sedan i just pulled up. Grip the rest firmly from both sides and apply consistent even pressure while wiggling. should come up.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:06 PM   #6
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For the coupes there are two little metal pins that hold the headrest. They are blow the shelf. Lift the shelf up a little and hit a flash light and you will see the reflection. The pins are like "U" clips

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:09 PM   #7
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the link below is for a NAV retrofit, but scroll down and there is info on the removal of the rear headrest. From what I know anything in a BMW if requires too much effort its probably not right there is always an easier way, you just have to find it. After a lot of research I was able to do my entire nav retrofit in under three hours.

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1544084

Anyway I live in Dulles, if you need help let me know

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:23 PM   #8
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As one poster mentioned, it's actually under the deck material itself. If you follow the coupe rear deck removal DIY, you'll see how to do it... properly.

Seeing how the clips settle into a pretty deep groove on the headrest post, I don't see how you can remove that without breaking something. I wasn't willing to try, but to each their own.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:05 PM   #10
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Success. Lol. Thanks guys.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:58 AM   #11
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Okayy. I have read countless articles on here and other sites about removing my rear headrests in a coupe. They will not budge. I have tried to pry. I have tried to press. I can bench press 400 pounds however cannot push up these headrests. I have found no locking mechanism nor read about any. Wtf is the secret? Anybody have any tips or local to MD/DC metro that would want to help me.
The trick to removing the rear headrests is to lift the headrests to their highest point and then use the slipjoint pliers from the toolkit to rotate the vertical pins/rods about 45 degrees. The headrests and their associated pins will slide right out.
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