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    Hi guys, ok, had a nightmare of a day trying to fit my stereo in the car today. Had to take up all 4 of the sill covers and can't get the white pop clips out of the car's holes in the rear doors. All the fronts came up with the covers, but both rear covers left the white clips behind. The front clip on the right rear door has been obliterated by my trying to prise it out.

    How does one get these out in one piece??

    Also, I can't believe how tight it is in the back seating area!! I miss the E34 and E32.
     
     

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    My mate had the same problem with the rear drivers side......
    but as far as I am aware, they either pop out or you just get new clips to replace them.
    He just ended up popping over to the dealer and buying some clips. Don't remember how much exactly, but they didn't cost much at all.

    Good luck getting your stereo all fitted

     
     

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    You can get proper trim tools that aid removal but remember that our E36's are not so young any more and all the plastic items are likely to have become brittle

    Try a pair of side cutters/snips, see if that makes it any easier

     
     

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    Yeah, I've tried 2 flat heads either side, a pair of pliers, I do have a proper trim removal tool, but it's opening and size of the tool itself just can't get at the clip. I've tried side cutters, but that is what obliterated the 1st clip.

    I've got the headunit in finally, after like an hour of kafuffling. Ever tried shoving a savaloy up your nostril? I have so much cabling at the back of the headunit, I had to do some chopping of the cables to get it in.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharleyNokia View Post
    Yeah, I've tried 2 flat heads either side, a pair of pliers, I do have a proper trim removal tool, but it's opening and size of the tool itself just can't get at the clip. I've tried side cutters, but that is what obliterated the 1st clip.

    I've got the headunit in finally, after like an hour of kafuffling. Ever tried shoving a savaloy up your nostril? I have so much cabling at the back of the headunit, I had to do some chopping of the cables to get it in.
    Did you take the glove box out when fitting the head unit

    Trust me, method behind my madness. You didn't did you?
     
     

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    Yeah, I've tried 2 flat heads either side, a pair of pliers, I do have a proper trim removal tool, but it's opening and size of the tool itself just can't get at the clip. I've tried side cutters, but that is what obliterated the 1st clip.
    When I worked in the import centre I must've had about 5 different trim tools and would still get caught out on occasions. Used to love that job, ripping cars apart all day long Just wasn't so keen on the putting back together
     
     

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