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I thought it was about time i did a quick how to on fitting the rear headrests in my E36. Cheers for all the help from everyone :thumbsup
Ill try not to make too many mistakes:D
Please if you are not confident please ask questions. Remember you will be drilling your parcel shelf!! So dont blame me if you make a mess :hihi

Step 1:
Look up into the boot and in the shelf next to the speakers you should see two holes like this.


Step 2:
I used a 3mm drill bit to drill a hole straight up the centre of the guide. You do have to be a bit careful as you will be drilling up through the angled part of the shelf. Just try and keep it as accurate as you can.

Repeat this for the other 3 holes

Step 3:
Now work inside the car. I used a cone cutting tool to enlarge the pilot holes that i drilled from inside the boot, make sure the holes you drill are about the same size as the headrest mounts. I think they are 13mm, but check first!




Step 4:
I managed to get some finishers for the headrest guides, but if you make a tidy job you may not have to use them. You cant see them when the headrests are down,


Step 5:
I slid the guides out of the headrest cushions, then push the guides through the holes. If you use a torch you can see through the holes you cut and down into the boot. These tubes are where the guides go. When you have pushed them through check in the boot and you should see the bottom of the guides in the holes


Step 6:
Then gently line up the headrest cushion and gently slide it down the guides.


Then you have rear headrests, it makes the car look much better

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Good guide steve could this be adapted to work on the e36 compact. And apart from obviously the rear headrests where would i get the guides from ect
 

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Good guide steve could this be adapted to work on the e36 compact. And apart from obviously the rear headrests where would i get the guides from ect
Im not sure on the compact as IIRC the headrests fix into the seat. I will try and find some info for you....:thumbsup
 

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Great how-to mate, thanks a lot! Was wanting to be able to fit my rear headrests when I put my interior in, so will be sure to follow this guide!!!
 

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Another question around this on my e36 318is coupe there is like a metal brace in the boot covering the place i would drill the holes how do i remove this or is there another way of fitting them?
 

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Another question around this on my e36 318is coupe there is like a metal brace in the boot covering the place i would drill the holes how do i remove this or is there another way of fitting them?
Can you post a pic of the brace up for me please mate...:thumbsup
 

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Was just out trying it just now, but the headrests won't slide in!! I can't take guide rails out. I think they're front headrests. Fantastic.
 

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any info on how to do this to a e36 compact yet anyone ????
 

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fitting rear headrests to e36 coupe

Did anyone figure out how to do this with the mystery rear brace in place on some cars ? Mine is a 99 so I'm guessing this was added at some point in the model run, perhaps for strength.

Regards Simon
 
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