How to remove fixed seat belt guides to fit seat covers.

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How to remove fixed seat belt guides to fit seat covers.

Post by petrol zed » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:12 pm

Hi all due to necessity (worn drivers seat bolster) i needed to fit seat covers to help stop ware and tare, but could not find much info about how to remove the seat belt guides fixed to the top shoulder of the seat (mk 1 Z4 2006).
So i decided to have a go myself and share the results in the hope that it would help others.
1. My worn drivers seat.
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2.Pasenger seat and seatbelt guide.
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3.Put the roof down and release and remove the headrest.
Undo the top screw using a starburst bit (size 20).
You can now prise open the seam on the bottom with a small flat head screwdriver.
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4. This will reveal the bottom screw which you can undo.
Then lift the rest of the guide straight up.(and it looks like the photo below).
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5. Depending on your seat covers you can now slide them over the seat as the seat belt is away from the guide.
You may have to cut the cover to fit over the sharp bit of the guide (but mine were open at the top) and also a small cut where the side
screw goes back in.
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6. Then put everything back together in reverse making sure you put the seat belt back into the guide.
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7. Last step put the headrest cover on and slide it back into the seat, and mine looks like this (below).
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I'm not very mechanically minded but i like to work things out and capable of a bit of DIY so if i can do this i think most people can.
Also i don't know if it's called a "Starburst bit" but that is what it looks like and in my Bosch set (from B&Q) it is number 20.

Hope this helps someone who was trying to find any info on how to do this.

And just realised i put this in the E89 section not the E85 section. Doh.

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Post by flybobbie » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:36 am

I wish the E89 had the shoulder strap guide. I see it's back on the new model.
Would have been good like the MGTF if the headrest could be removed and a seat belt guide manufactured and fitted.
That's got me thinking...

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Post by Busterboo » Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:24 pm

flybobbie wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:36 am
I wish the E89 had the shoulder strap guide. I see it's back on the new model.
Would have been good like the MGTF if the headrest could be removed and a seat belt guide manufactured and fitted.
That's got me thinking...
When you've thought, please tell us all. :)
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Post by john-e89 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:43 am

flybobbie wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:36 am
I wish the E89 had the shoulder strap guide. I see it's back on the new model.
Would have been good like the MGTF if the headrest could be removed and a seat belt guide manufactured and fitted.
That's got me thinking...
Not a guide as such but I wonder if these clips work? Damned annoying on the E89 isn’t it, you can’t wear a T shirt as the belt digs in your neck.
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Post by ronk » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:29 pm

In the event of a good shunt you’d go forward a long way before the belt takes any effect. Add to that the stretch that follows, you will have moved well forward into harms way.
You don't stop playing when you get old - You get old when you stop playing!
So I bought a 35is with all the toys to play with. :thumbsup:

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Post by srhutch » Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:01 am

OP, keep an eye out for some leather seats. Would make a good upgrade. Some have been available for nothing on here in recent months.
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