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      01-11-2010, 04:59 PM   #1
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Z4 Trim Swap

Can someone please post a DIY for replacing the trim? It doesn't look like there's any here. I'd imagine its pretty straight forward but if I took it to the dealer they would rape me.

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scroll down, i put up a couple of links. some of the pics are gone, if you need any help shoot me a pm


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      01-16-2011, 10:41 AM   #3
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is it necessary to remove the whole center (gearbox area) console in order to remove the center trim piece?
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I just did it yesterday.

Remove rear console door assembly, then you have to remove the entire center console black plastic, trim is bolted in from the bottom of that.
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is it necessary to remove the whole center (gearbox area) console in order to remove the center trim piece?
yup, the WHOLE thing
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      01-18-2011, 11:47 AM   #6
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damn ok ...ill give it a shot ..... lets see how this works out .....
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you need to raise the top a few inches to pry off the center console (it wraps around the back)
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thanks Roffle
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ok so got everything off but the main dash .... got the AC vents out, the radio out and the left side out ....

the right side wont unclip ..... i can feel the spring thing with the ring but how does it release the trim .... it seems like it wont come off ....
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That single clip on the passenger side was a pain, I don't remember how I got it out though. I think I pushed it up from the bottom or something.
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just ended up breaking it ..... oh well .... its getting wrapped now ...... will be putting it back in tomorrow .....
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just ended up breaking it ..... oh well .... its getting wrapped now ...... will be putting it back in tomorrow .....
Pics of the results? Interested in doing the same thing and wrapping minein CF Leather Fabric trim so your impessions and pointers would be welcome. Thankx
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I just pulled the big piece off to fix the CF fabric, it's really not that hard (well the second time anyway)

For the clip near the vents, just push it up, you might have to squeeze it together to get it to slide out. For the rest of them just pull up on the trim a bit until it's far enough out that you can pull on it firmly. There are no clips on the other side of the radio.
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I just pulled the small piece and large piece on the dash with the help of this forum and other DIY's. A couple tips that I didn't find clear before:

For the vent removal, mine was subborn and did not want to slide out after pulling those 2 silver clips. What is most likely causing friction is the 2 bottom corner plastic pieces inside the vent. Use a flashlight to see them. They are tappered (small in front and gets larger in the back). While both top silver clips are pushed down, use a thin flathead screw driver to lift up on the bottom corner of those tappered pieces. I managed to do this by myself but having 2 people would really help.
To make it a one person job, I first used a flat head to pull down one of the silver top clips, shoved a plastic card between the trim and top of vent to hold that clip down, repeat on other side, lift up gently on one side of the bottom corner tappered piece, pull vent out a centimeter, repeat on other side, pull vent out completely.

For the main dash piece, just note the first clip on the passenger side needs to be removed from behind the dash before pulling. First I put a small flashlight inside the passenger cupholder spot and took a picture with my phone to see what I was dealing with, I like to understand how something goes together before getting all ape like and tearing things apart. So for the clip, it was at an odd angle to use a tool for me but I ended up just pushing the bottom "V" part of the clip up with my fingers. If you can compress that "V" and push up at the same time it will be easier. The rest of the clips are more traditional for this car and I used a bit of muscle to pull the trim away from the dash with those clips still on. Make sure to go back inside the dash and pick up any clips that were left there. I was nervous about cracking the wood trim but after looking at the build quailty and structurability, I would be less worried in the future.

Going to wrap them in silver CF wrap and put them back in before doing the center console. Hope to have it done sometime this weekend. Any tips for the center console?

I've put this project off after buying the CF and the wood doesn't bother me as much anymore but atleast now my sports car will have a sporty interior and the silver CF will go better with the rest of my silver door and steering wheel pieces.

Edit: I didn't see your post until now psygnosis. You and I are talking about that same clip on the pasenger side of the dash.
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      04-13-2012, 11:14 PM   #15
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Where all the interior pics, so we know whether or not it is worth the pain.
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