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Old January 20th, 2008, 06:28 PM
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Headrest removal

Installing some custom made neoprene seat covers and can not figure out how to get the headrest off. I've had cars that have a hidden button under the upholstry but can't find it on the 90. I've checked the archives only to see that a group of you were refitting trim kits a couple of years ago. Anyone? Thx.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 08:56 PM
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I am not sure that you can remove them... I have sheepskin on the SW and LR waterproof on the ST, and both have velcro openings to allow you to pull them over the head rest. I have never been able to remove them.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 08:57 PM
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they just pull up- no buttons like on a bmw.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 09:33 PM
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Yeah, just pull - hard.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 05:28 PM
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Actually, ... you have to pull really, really, really hard, and as was the case with mine, ... the post on the headrest was fused to the seat back with surface rust (that cleaned off with steel wool once the two came apart!)

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Old January 21st, 2008, 05:42 PM
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Well, I got 'em! I found a UK site with a bunch of blokes asking the same question. What they described worked but it may be overkill. You undo the clip along the bottom back of the OEM trim. Peel the cover up to expose the headrest bracket (a pain). The bracket is in a flat tube and has a one-way retaining clip acting as a catch. A flat screwdriver up in there will pull the clip in and out of the way. Then because of the surface rust I gave it a whack with a 3lb hammer. --The reason I said it's overkill is that if it isn't fused with rust you could probably just wallop on it till the clip breaks.
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Had same issue and major PITA. Ended up using a screwdriver to dislodge and needle nose pliers to pull out. Very excited to throw the useless clip away when done.
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Old March 8th, 2013, 08:04 PM
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PB Blaster and faith, I thought I was going to pull the seat box out.
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Old March 8th, 2013, 08:32 PM
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Just happy to have the Melvill and Moon seat covers on at last.
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Old March 8th, 2013, 10:46 PM
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Just happy to have the Melvill and Moon seat covers on at last.
Dude, way to revive a 5-year old thread. The least you could do is throw some pics our way of the new M&M covers! Jeez.
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Removing the stupid pointless clips in the headrest base was such a memorable crap experience, I wanted to commemorate it in some way.

I would post pictures but when I finished it was completely dark and snowing like crazy. Maybe today.
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Holy Hell- you guys weren't joking about having to really pull on the headrests. Got them off, and my new seat covers on.

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Do you think they could have made the head rests any taller ? The things look so dorky.
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Well, I got 'em! I found a UK site with a bunch of blokes asking the same question. What they described worked but it may be overkill. You undo the clip along the bottom back of the OEM trim. Peel the cover up to expose the headrest bracket (a pain). The bracket is in a flat tube and has a one-way retaining clip acting as a catch. A flat screwdriver up in there will pull the clip in and out of the way. Then because of the surface rust I gave it a whack with a 3lb hammer. --The reason I said it's overkill is that if it isn't fused with rust you could probably just wallop on it till the clip breaks.
Good tip - I could not get them out no matter how much force I applied in trying to lift them up. Gave up after 15 minutes or so of that monkey bidness. So, off to the innerwebs. After reading this, I removed the trim cover and carefully applied some PB Blaster (didn't want to get that sweet aroma all over the seat). 5 mins later, they pulled right out. Didn't even need a screwdriver.
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I want some M&M seat covers. I'm not looking forward to removing my headrests either. I'm sure they're fused with rust too. I'm tempted to buy the parts to turn them into Puma seats with the adjustable headrests.
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3ft prybar. They come off.
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just pull until you think youll break it
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Headrest Removal Tips. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do it:

Step 1. Try to pull out the headrest.
Step 2. If that doesn't work repeat Step 1 but pull harder.
Step 3. If that doesn't work, peel up the OEM seat cover up to expose the headrest bracket on the back on the seat. The headrest bracket is in a flat tube and has a one-way retaining clip that acts as a catch.
Step 4. Use a a punch and hammer to knock the clip out of the way.
Step 5. Pull out the headrest.
Step 6. If that doesn't work, use a hammer to knock the headrest loose which may have surface rust that's preventing removal.
Step 7. Once removed, fold back down the OEM seat cover and re-secure.
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