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Old 01-12-2013, 11:43 AM   #21
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how many of these clips are needed on each C pillar and each A pillar?
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:22 PM   #22
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I'm getting ready to do this for my c pillars so I'll let you know
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:00 PM   #23
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There are four in the c pillar and I suggest changing them out. Mine were brittle and the new ones seem to be better quality. I paid $1.38 per clip so why not?
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:53 AM   #24
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:08 PM   #25
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I know this threads about a month old, but how many of those clips did you actually need? Are there 4 in each pillar? I'm about to redo my whole interior, including the headliner which I don't even know if that has any clips in it
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:00 PM   #26
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Needed this thanks!
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:21 PM   #27
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I subbed to fanatics just for this article. How hard would it be to redo the pillars in something less thin & frail like pleather to fit in with my seats or just leave it bare grey plastic? That felt stuff is just abit aggravating. I despise it even on the roof.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:04 AM   #28
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I subbed to fanatics just for this article. How hard would it be to redo the pillars in something less thin & frail like pleather to fit in with my seats or just leave it bare grey plastic? That felt stuff is just abit aggravating. I despise it even on the roof.
I only have experience with the front pillars. With something thick like pleather you may really have to work at it to get them to fit back in. I know with the carbon fiber wrap the fit was already really really tight. Give it a try though and let us know.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:47 PM   #29
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I replaced my A and C pillars yesterday. The A pillars are straight forward as documented in this DIY. The C pillars I had no torx bolt to undo, and the clips didn't break, so I used the spares I had to install ( 2 per side). Be sure you clip the top pieces into the body sockets and ensure the bottom rear protusion piece lines up in the hole for it. Also, the replacement C pillars didn't come with a black rubber buffer piece, so I just transferred it from the old ones to the new ones. Still had enough stick left on it that it was easy to do.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:04 PM   #30
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Great write up, just did my A-Pillars yesterday, about 30 minutes per side, I found that I did not need to replace the plastic nuts, but I ordered 4 just incase.

The invoice shown is for a GRAY 2002 325CI, so if you need part numbers, here you go. Also notice with the BMW CCA discount, the parts come out cheaper than anywhere else I was able to find.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:40 PM   #31
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Finally got around to my B Pillars today. Let me correct that - my wife got around to my b pillars today. We picked up Aleene's Tacky Spray at Joanns Fabric for $7.99. She wisely sent me inside to watch football and got to work. All she did was peel the fabric back, hit it with tacky spray and pushed it back down with a small putty knife. 25 minutes later, its done and looks great - its not perfect but its a lot better than it was and for $8 I'm good with that. She said its super easy and if anyone in SoCal needs it done just swing over.
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Old 06-13-2017, 09:27 PM   #32
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bringing this back from 2013

I just replaced all my pillars with fresh new ones.. what do you do about protecting these things now.. ??

i live in socal.. its sunny here, i park outside.. other than a sunshade.. what else can ya do??

my pillars were bad for years and years.. made me not like being in the car.. its like a new car now.. but i would like to be able to make the new ones last.. any tips / tricks?
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Old 06-20-2017, 06:17 AM   #33
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bringing this back from 2013

I just replaced all my pillars with fresh new ones.. what do you do about protecting these things now.. ??

i live in socal.. its sunny here, i park outside.. other than a sunshade.. what else can ya do??

my pillars were bad for years and years.. made me not like being in the car.. its like a new car now.. but i would like to be able to make the new ones last.. any tips / tricks?
Nothing I guess..

My B-Pillars are again worn from the belt rubbing on them. Not planning on replacing them again, thinking to mold some sort of plastic cover to over that specific area.
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Old 08-29-2017, 02:26 PM   #34
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It's years after this thread started...

...but I redid the A pillars today. I've spent quite a bit of money lately on engine stuff ($2200) so I'm at the point where I'm balking at spending another $360 - $400 on new pillars. The old ones looked quite ratty, though. I used adhesive to put the cloth back on as best as I could and then reinstalled them. It doesn't look perfect and damn, the plastic is pretty brittle. But at least it looks better.
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Old 06-04-2018, 04:41 PM   #35
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Bringing an old post back to life. I removed the driverís side A pillar from my 328ci to run a GPS/microphone wire for my Eonon head unit installation. Is it me or are those 3 torx screws that hold the A- pillar a pain in the butt to install? There are no wires in the way and its been impossible for me to get the top screw (nearest to sunshade) into the correct threading location. Is there some trick to getting this done?

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Bringing an old post back to life. I removed the driver's side A pillar from my 328ci to run a GPS/microphone wire for my Eonon head unit installation. Is it me or are those 3 torx screws that hold the A- pillar a pain in the butt to install? There are no wires in the way and its been impossible for me to get the top screw (nearest to sunshade) into the correct threading location. Is there some trick to getting this done?

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Stand outside the car and look into the windshield at the hole and line up the screw that way. Mine turned in by hand 2-3 threads once it was lined up.
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Stand outside the car and look into the windshield at the hole and line up the screw that way. Mine turned in by hand 2-3 threads once it was lined up.


Thankyou. Will give that a try


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Old 10-01-2018, 03:36 PM   #38
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Does anybody know if they make black plastic A, B and C pillar covers that looks similar to the black moldings on the sport packages. I've had my A and C pillars replaces once already and they are flapping in the wind again big time. I prefer to drive with the windows down and sunroof open so they don't stand a chance I'd like to fix these once and for all and not have to worry about it for ten or 20 years (yes, I ordered the '01 almost 18 years ago and I nothing made today comes close to making me want something new).
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Old 10-03-2018, 08:53 PM   #39
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You can go to a fabric store and get some black leather looking vinyl. Contact cement will hold it forever. But view some DIY videos and search for the written one on this site. It's a PITA but worth it.

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Old 10-03-2018, 09:04 PM   #40
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Thanks. I was hoping for black plastic but I like the vinyl idea to match the dash and lower part of the B pillar. My brother-in-law owns an automotive reapolster shop. I may pass this idea on to him and get him to do it over the winter.
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