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      04-23-2008, 08:44 AM   #1
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Lets Remove the Seatbck (and Install a Stowback)

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Wire snips
Needle Nose Pliers

Removing the Seatback
The seatback is has 4 hooks that grab onto the back of the seat. At the bottom of the seatback, there are 2 clips. The clips are considered one use only so you will destroy them when removing the seatback. If you move the seat forward, you will find the 2 clips along the bottom edge.



Use the wire snips or another cutting tool to remove the exposed heads on the clips. With the clips removed, you can remove the seatback.

To remove the seatback, you will slide it down and rotate it clockwise. There are 2 hooks along the top edge of the seatback and one hook on each side.



Remove the setback and set it out of the way.



With the setback removed, you can remove the remnants of the clips. The clips are a bit tough, they push in easy but do not pull out easy. I was able to reach down (thin, long hands) into the seat and feel the other end of the clips. Then I just pushed the clip up into the seat and removed it from the top. You will want to make sure your hands can fit in this way before pushing the clips up as you may not be able to get the clips out.



Installation

I wanted to add the Stowback (my name, in the process of trademarking it :wink seatback which have a net. The Stowbacks are covered in vinyl so they look a bit nicer than the chincy plastic ones that come on the car. I guess you are paying for the vinyl as the Stowbacks retail for $112 each and are kind of a ‘I really want that’ mod.



Close-up of the difference:


Installation is the reverse of removal. Insert the new seatback clocked at about 2 o’clock in order to get all 4 of the hooks inside the back of the seat. Rotate the seatback counterclockwise and you will get the 4 hooks installed.

You will need to install 2 new clips along the bottom. They do not twist or screw in, you simply push them up.

Done.

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      04-23-2008, 10:49 AM   #2
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Can't you just order these from the beginning? My car came with them.
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      04-23-2008, 10:59 AM   #3
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Can’t you just order these from the beginning? My car came with them.
I am not sure how to get them in the US. I thought they were a part of the Premium Package in the US, but I was told by one PP owner that his car does not have them. :iono:
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      04-23-2008, 11:38 AM   #4
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Wow Andy you have nets everywhere in your car.:thumbup:
Any word on the pocket under the headlight switch yet ?
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      04-23-2008, 11:53 AM   #5
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Wow Andy you have nets everywhere in your car.:thumbup:
Any word on the pocket under the headlight switch yet ?
I hated the plastic look of the stock panels and had been thinking of covering them in leather but decided I would give these a shot. The leatherette is (a bit) nicer than the stock plastic so it saves me the step.

I will let you know on the pocket.
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      04-23-2008, 12:38 PM   #6
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In Europe if you order the 'storage package' you get those already included.
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      04-23-2008, 03:00 PM   #7
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No pockets for me !

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I am not sure how to get them in the US. I thought they were a part of the Premium Package in the US, but I was told by one PP owner that his car does not have them. :iono:
I can confirm the premium package does not include the seat pockets in the US 135i (Always happy to go to the parking area to look at my 1er)
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Is there such a thing as the "storage package" in the U.S.? I've got that on mine.
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Is there such a thing as the “storage package” in the U.S.? I’ve got that on mine.
There is no storage package in the US.

Do you have hooks for a net in the trunk (for one that goes out to hooks at each of the 4 corners? We have 2 of the hooks, but not the other two.

Something similar to the E90 trunk net:

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hey Andy....are you going to carry these StowBacks ™?

Also any word on the euro headlight switch??
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hey Andy....are you going to carry these StowBacks ™?

Also any word on the euro headlight switch??
pm sent.
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How about the cargo net? Good for a spare or anything loose. Do we really not have the forward anchors? I know I have the rear ones and I recall the manual referring to the forward ones. I'll go look.
My Canadian 135i Cabrio definitely has the front and rear cargo net anchors. I've haven't sourced a cost effective net that works yet.
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So any history on these? No rattles?

How about the cargo net? Good for a spare or anything loose. Do we really not have the forward anchors? I know I have the rear ones and I recall the manual referring to the forward ones. I'll go look.
Still looking? They must be very well hidden!
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So any history on these? No rattles?

How about the cargo net? Good for a spare or anything loose. Do we really not have the forward anchors? I know I have the rear ones and I recall the manual referring to the forward ones. I’ll go look.
No rattles on mine.

I think we figured out that cabrio’s get the 4 trunk anchors and coupes do not (in the US).
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My Canadian 135i Cabrio definitely has the front and rear cargo net anchors. I've haven't sourced a cost effective net that works yet.
Apparently the E65/E66 7-series cargo nets work perfectly in the E88.
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