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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 09-28-2012, 01:27 AM
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Front seat e36 Question!!! Help

I know there's been MANY QUESTIONS about "seats" in this whole thing I just need to be assured

I'm looking for some new front seats
I want to go electric to manual and also I want to know ..

A) Is it possible to go electric to manual seats *if so can someone link the write up*
B) I have a CONVERTIBLE I wanted to know if I can put FRONT SEDAN/COUPE manual seats in since its so hard to find the Vert ones
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:03 AM
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No real issues...your vert will take any e36 seat (will even take e46 seats with some minor modifications). Going from power to manual is as simple as not hooking up the electrical connectors under the seats. Only real issue is the seat belt assemblys...older vs newer...wiring changes due to change in design. Your current seat belt assemblys can be switched to the seats you end up buying if needed. There's some very minor grinding on the mounting holes if you are putting newer assemblys on older seats. Other issue lays with the passenger seat and occupancy sensor...some wiring changes again. A bypass can be used to make this issue painless.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:15 AM
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Isn't there a plug and play bypass thing on eBay ?
What if I do that ?
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:05 AM
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Isn't there a plug and play bypass thing on eBay ?
What if I do that ?
Yes there is or you can make on yourself for about $2 in Radio Shack parts and a beginner set of soldering skills. Basically this plug and play bypass will plug into a connector coming out from the carpeting beneath your passenger seat (you'll also have the power seat connector here too along with the seat belt sensor connector). This bypass fools the airbag system into believing that someone is sitting in the passenger seat regardless if there's anyone there or not. Downside is that passenger airbag will deploy in the event of an accident (normally wouldn't if seat was empty).
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:27 AM
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Can you list the parts for me ?
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Gives complete instruction on making bypass. I slipped heat shrink tubing over the completed bypass.

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Just picked up a pair of e46 sport seats. Im putting them in tomorrow.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:36 PM
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Well lemme just get this straight it's as simple as removing them and replacing them WITHOUT turning on the car?
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:08 AM
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Well lemme just get this straight it's as simple as removing them and replacing them WITHOUT turning on the car?
Pretty much. Turning the ignition on while the seatbelts or occupancy sensor aren't plugged in will set off your airbag light which will then have to be reset.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:21 AM
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Seats are in. Pics soon. Hardest part was lifting them in.
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