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Old 11-28-2012, 09:05 AM
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z3 seat belt guides

i have a 1999 z3 roadster with two broken seat belt guides. i also have a machine shop. i am going to make a set of these guides for my vehicle out of aluminum, would anyone else be interested in a set of these. from what i read, it seems they all break. we could supply these in pretty much any color you would like. please let me know.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:42 AM
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Im interested for my 98 roadster. Any idea abt cost?
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:06 PM
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seat belt guides

i am not sure what i would need to get yet. i need to see what kind of response i get and i am open for ideas. new are approx. 25.00 ea. i would think around 65.00 to 75.00 depending on color.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:28 PM
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I look forward to seeing the prototypes! Someone must have tried this before. It'd be nice if they could be installed without having to remove the seat skin.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:49 AM
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Interesting....

especially in brushed aluminium. And might I add an amen to CTHusky....

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(Just outside of Nashville)
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:54 AM
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I think there would be tremendous interest in this. Virtually all Z3s have broken seat belt guides and they are quite difficult to replace. It would be worth it to most owners to replace the original guides with more durable ones.

BTW, If you're taking orders, put me down for a pair, preferably in black.

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Old 12-02-2012, 08:55 AM
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seat belt guides

I would be interested...black if possible. Will you send me a pm when you make a decision about making them and the price. I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:31 AM
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+1 You may also post in other Z3 forums and get more people.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:17 PM
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... Virtually all Z3s have broken seat belt guides and they are quite difficult to replace. It would be worth it to most owners to replace the original guides with more durable ones...
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... new are approx. 25.00 ea. i would think around 65.00 to 75.00 depending on color.
I looked at a 1998 and a 2000 Z3 both with broken guides before buying my 1997, whose guides are OK. What is so hard about replacing them? Are they unobtainable as parts, or just hard to install?
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:50 PM
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OEM seat belt guides are readily available and not too expensive (about $20 US each), but replacing them requires removing the seat from the car and removing the seat leather from the back. That is a many-hour job. I have heard of several short cuts, such as cutting the stitching and re-sewing the leather and installing screws into the foam.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:34 PM
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OEM seat belt guides are readily available... but replacing them requires removing the seat from the car and removing the seat leather from the back. That is a many-hour job. I have heard of several short cuts, such as cutting the stitching and re-sewing the leather and installing screws into the foam.
There seems to be a short-cut here...
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…... am at a loss as to why you basically disassembled the entire seat…... was able to replace the guide in 2 minutes…... slid my hand behind the leather with the washer and pressed the new guide in with the other hand…...
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http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...eat+belt+guide

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Old 12-02-2012, 04:45 PM
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That was after removing the seat and disassembling the back. It is still a lot of work. Morrie just didn't remove the leather or back foam.

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