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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:33 PM
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Might as well.....

Throw me in there as well. Will you please send me the powerpoint as well????

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Old 05-13-2012, 02:33 PM
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Just replaced my seat bushings. It took around 2.5 hours to do both. It was fairly easy, especially in a roadster. Just watch the youtube videos and you won't have any problems.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:44 AM
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z3 seat bushings

hello. i would like to know if you still have the slide show available. thanks for your time

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Yes,
PM with your email address, I'll send you a detailed power point slide show on how I fixed it.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:46 AM
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:59 AM
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What ppt is everyone talking about and where do you get it? I have a 2000 Z3 and my drivers side seat moves a little while I brake. Any help is appreciated!
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:57 AM
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We will be doing a bushing clinic at ZFest this year.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:26 PM
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Ok, I've been putting this off for a while, along with the outer weatherstrip and rear window swap.

I'd come to Zfest, but I'll be driving the Grossglockner, Dolomites, and Stelvio those exact 3 days. True story, funny how that worked out.

Is that PP still floating around?
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:24 AM
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Yes, I still have it, PM me with your email address and I'll send it to you. Idon't monitor this site as much as I used to...... PM-ing me generates an email and I'll respond.

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:51 AM
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Guess I'll be needing those instructions as well

Since the summer is not all gone, can you please email me the instructions as well (hectormon@aol.com) to fix the seat.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:18 AM
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Bought some of Doug's bushings and fixed it this weekend. Problem solved, and the car interior is clean. Found a bunch of old french fries under the driver's seat!
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:46 AM
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Good to hear you got it fixed.

If anyone wants the Pwr Point, PLEASE Priviate Message me with your email address and I'll sent it to you.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:48 PM
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I saw your offer EOD, but Doug emailed me instructions when I ordered, so I decided not to bother ya with it.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:43 AM
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Is this still available? I sent a pm but have not heard anything.

thank you,
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:10 AM
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You don't need the powerpoint. There are very good instructions for this at Esmerelda's Fix-It page here:

http://www.waycoolinc.com/z3/essentials/fixit/

Click on "Seat Rocking Shish Kebob."
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:16 AM
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Thank you Blacklane!
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:52 PM
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So which is the "better" fix, Whalen or Rachael? Or are both decent options? Sent PM for the power point. Thank you
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:19 PM
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So which is the "better" fix, Whalen or Rachael? Or are both decent options? Sent PM for the power point. Thank you
Uh, Rachel's fix uses the Whalen bushings...
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:36 PM
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Sorry I thought hers used a metal replacement versus a plastic bushing. My bad
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:49 PM
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Just purchased the Whalen bushings, will update next weekend.

Thanks guys!
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:25 PM
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I just replaced the bushings on both seats (1997 Z3) and it was not a difficult job. The 1st seat took me about 1 1/2 hrs and the second seat was about 1 hr (not because it was easier than the first seat, just knew what to look for after doing one). I read somewhere that you should disconnect the battery before removing the connections on the passenger seat to prevent the Airbag warning from illuminating. I did it just to be sure.

After looking at the old bushings, it's clear why the seat was sliding so much....no more rocking now.

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I should mention that I used BMW factory rubber bushings....my son works for BMW Canada and the parts were a great price.

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Old 08-27-2013, 12:24 PM
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PM sent, thanks!
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:31 PM
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I should mention that I used BMW factory rubber bushings....my son works for BMW Canada and the parts were a great price.
Even free parts that disintegrate are not a good bargain with nearly 3 labor hours to replace them. Superior aftermarket Delrin bushings cost less than a half of tank of gas and should last the life of the car.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:58 PM
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I highly recommend Doug's bushings. I did both seats in a short afternoon. Nice to know they are good for life.
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:06 PM
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Hello All, New here, Got my 97 z3 yesterday and found solution to remote problem after radio change, Thanks. I didn't see where to get Doug Whalen's seat kit. Would appreciate that. Thanks, Paul P
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:48 PM
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I would think any of the replacement bushings are good for life. The original bushings are some kind of rubber or plastic that liquified with age, or perhaps from exposure to the screw lubricant. The old bushings just disappeared into a butyl-like goo that takes a long time remove. I started removing the bulk of the residue with a screwdriver blade, then softened the remainder with gasoline and wiped it out with paper towels, then used carb cleaner spray to remove the last traces.

I studied all the DIYs and videos, and would just add a couple of tips:
1. Run the seat back to access the front nuts, then forward to expose the rear bolts, then run the seat back to put it over its rails so they don't stick out.
2. Tilt seat inward and use a 2x4 block between the seat and the sill to hold it up while unplugging the connectors. After this point, do not use the car's key. Those who do use the key, are those who forgot to run their seat back, so they do that and trigger their airbag light.
3. Seat is heavy, get a helper to lift it out and in. Failure to get a helper allowed my sharp seat rail to cut through two towels and scratch the rocker panel going back in.
4. As soon as screws are out, use a nail or pencil point to count the threads showing on each screw and write it down. Should be the same on both, depends on where you stopped the seat going back, mine were 20.
5. When screwing the new bushing holder back on the screw, count the threads again to put it back where it was.
6. When replacing each re-bushed screw, insert the flexible drive rod into it and then insert the end of the screw into its guide hole inside the rail, which will then direct the drive rod into the motor at the bottom. If the screw won't hold the end of the flexible drive rod, put a little tab of duct tape on the end of the rod and jam the rod into the screw's hole.
7. Note that the guide hole has a plastic insert that can come loose. Must use the insert because it centers and acts like a bearing for the end of the screw. If the end of the screw won't go into the plastic insert, tap it in.
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