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Old 10-09-2018, 09:11 AM   #41
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The black ones don't look too bad if you just remove the cloth. Then you can re-wrap another time when you have the 3M adhesive and some approved fabric.

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Old 10-22-2018, 04:16 AM   #42
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A pillar reupholstering

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Old 10-24-2018, 03:52 AM   #43
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A pillar reupholstering

The A pillars on the 2001 330ci were looking really bad - smudged, loose, really raggedy. I reupholstered them the other day.

The plastic on these pillars is pretty brittle - especially that little plastic "insert" that covers the 3 bolts that hold the pillar in place. This plastic piece is held together with tape on the underside - it's broken apart in multiple places.

I drilled three holes in this little piece and put it in place and then upholstered the WHOLE pillar (with the plastic insert in place) and then put the bolts through the plastic insert and the main pillar.

I thought I would get some gray covers for the bolt heads at a later date. My wife said, "But isn't that where the airbag gets deployed?" And I was like, "Crap. I didn't think about that."

After some thought I wondered if it doesn't matter that the plastic insert is under the bolt heads instead of over them as they usually are. I thought that with the plastic of the pillar being super brittle anyway, in the event of an airbag deployment, the force of the airbag would rupture the pillar anyway and the airbag would deploy.

That's what I was thinking. Any thoughts on this, E46 Fanatics community?

By the way, this is a modification that I did independently. Any persons doing the same modification as detailed in this post do so at their own risk. Thank you.
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Old 10-24-2018, 05:28 AM   #44
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Old 10-24-2018, 08:58 AM   #45
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The A pillars on the 2001 330ci were looking really bad - smudged, loose, really raggedy. I reupholstered them the other day.

The plastic on these pillars is pretty brittle - especially that little plastic "insert" that covers the 3 bolts that hold the pillar in place. This plastic piece is held together with tape on the underside - it's broken apart in multiple places.

I drilled three holes in this little piece and put it in place and then upholstered the WHOLE pillar (with the plastic insert in place) and then put the bolts through the plastic insert and the main pillar.

I thought I would get some gray covers for the bolt heads at a later date. My wife said, "But isn't that where the airbag gets deployed?" And I was like, "Crap. I didn't think about that."

After some thought I wondered if it doesn't matter that the plastic insert is under the bolt heads instead of over them as they usually are. I thought that with the plastic of the pillar being super brittle anyway, in the event of an airbag deployment, the force of the airbag would rupture the pillar anyway and the airbag would deploy.

That's what I was thinking. Any thoughts on this, E46 Fanatics community?

By the way, this is a modification that I did independently. Any persons doing the same modification as detailed in this post do so at their own risk. Thank you.
You're good. The insert is just there to cover the bolt heads. Your pillar is still functionally the same, just with exposed hardware now.
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