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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:24 AM
Chicagogas Chicagogas is offline
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1997 Z3 seats sliding-need help!!!

My seats slide forward a few inches whenever I stop for a traffic light. How can I fix this?

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Old 07-01-2012, 05:43 AM
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Common problem......use the search function as it has been covered dozens of times.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:11 AM
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http://www.waycoolinc.com/z3/02/100602/shish01.html
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:45 AM
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Your bushings are all wrapped up and going in the mail tomorrow.
Best of luck with the installation!

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Old 07-01-2012, 09:46 AM
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Can't thank you enough
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:42 AM
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Check Youtube, there is a video showing the removal and installation of the bushings. I did both of mine in under 2 1/2 hours, most time consuming was removing the seats. Also purchase the nylon (or polyethylene) bushing that are being sold on Ebay.
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:39 PM
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:06 PM
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thanks for your help
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:53 PM
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I'm pretty sure you can get bushings from roadstesolutions.
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:03 PM
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I've already shipped his bushings; he probably has them by now.
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:42 PM
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Just did this on my Z yesterday. Wow was shocked how easy this really was.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:13 PM
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I just completed the bushing replacement in my seat this weekend. Just a couple tidbits of info that some might already be doing, but thought I'd mention it. After a little working the bugs out on the first seat and the second one sitting there waiting, I knocked out the second seat in about 15mins
- Be sure to move your seats to about 2/3rds to the rear before unplugging and removing
- Remove the (2) screws on the track first, then slide the track down to access the larger anchor bolt of the adjustment rod
- I used a 1" belt sander to rough cut first bushing to about 1/2 thickness and then hand sanded to square up
- Adjusted final install by sanding second bushing
- Screw adjuster nut back on adjuster rod. Set both rods same length (+/- 1/16"). Locate both around 3" from the far end
from the adjuster rod anchor bolt. I butted the measuring tape against adjuster rod bracket and measure to farthest threaded
anchor hole in adjuster nut housing
- Slide adjuster assembly back in track. Add flex drive wire into gear drive and adjuster rod after insertion
- Pick one side and tighten up adjuster rod anchor bolt. Then add (2) track screws to anchor track
- Finger tight opposite side adjuster rod anchor bolt and add (2) track screws to anchor track.
- MEASURE MOUNT HOLES DIAGONALLY EYEBALLING CENTER OF HOLE. THIS DIM SHOULD BE +/- 1/16"
- If you're good, remove (2) track screws, tighten adjuster rod bolt, and then attach track. Insert seat.
- If you're off in the dim, loosen and slide track, spin adjuster rod with pliers/hand, and reattach track to check

Once I premeasured my adjuster rods, I only had to move (1) track (2) turns of the adjuster rod and my diagonal was equal.
The seats dropped right back in the car. It might seem like a lot of steps, but it once you do the one, you should be able to snap
thru the second. Hope it helps.
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