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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-19-2013, 10:44 PM
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Can't Get Rear Shelf Out!

As in my previous post I was going to re-dye the rear shelf while I have it out to repalce the speakers. BUT...I can't get the damn thing out. I removed the seat parts, c-pillars, old DSP sub box and the 3 bolts that supposedly hold the sunshade in and pretty much every dang bolt there is to remove yet it still won't budge. It seems like the sunshade is held up on something but can't really figure what. Me and my brother have literally spent the last 3 hours trying to get it out and nothing...GRRRR

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There's got to be something I'm missing or forgetting but...blah!

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Old 12-19-2013, 10:54 PM
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Did you remove the center head rest support. BSW has some good speaker install videos that show all the steps - have you looked at them?
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:00 PM
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Re: Can't Get Rear Shelf Out!

I have fold down seats. And I did watch the video. But all the guy says that you only need to remove the 3 bolts underneath the shelf and it'll come out. But it's not. It's loose, but it feels lile it's snagged on something or there's another bolt that I'm unaware of needs to be removed.

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Old 12-19-2013, 11:05 PM
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If you have those 3 bolts that go across the top of the shelf (Im not talking about the sunshade, it's the bolts that have those decorative caps). Insert a few fingers in those holes and lift up and out evenly. Or lift from the back of the speaker grills (Assuming you remove them).

The problem is that the 3 sun shade threads have to clear the holders for the 3 big bolts i mentioned.

Also make sure you removed that big plastic strip that goes behind the fold down seats. And unplug the sunshade.
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:14 PM
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Re: Can't Get Rear Shelf Out!

Thanks, I got it. Damn that was a royal pain in the ass. Oh well, that's what I get for buying a car that's built like a tank

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Old 12-19-2013, 11:26 PM
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The link for "rear shelf removal" in the bestlinks is dead, so, if you write up the steps, we can at least have others benefit from what you've learned in the process.
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:31 PM
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Re: Can't Get Rear Shelf Out!

Will do Bluebee. It won't have pics but I'll try to make it as clear as possible.

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Old 12-20-2013, 12:19 AM
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I posted info on Rear Shelf. Steps #3-#6 in the Rear Suspension Overhaul DIY:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=545345
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:42 AM
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I posted info on Rear Shelf. Steps #3-#6 in the Rear Suspension Overhaul DIY:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=545345
I'm adding this to the bestlinks so the next person who searches for "rear shelf" will find it.

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EDIT: Running an E39-only title-only search for "rear shelf" netted this in seconds. (I'll leave it to the OP to tell us which are good links though.)
- Rear parcel shelf removal
- 2001 530i rear parcel shelf removal
- Broken rear spring, Removing rear shelf to get to strut
- modifying the rear parcel shelf
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