Replacing your 02's interior - Carpet Kit & Front Seats -
Though it may seem like a big job, it really isn't that difficult.
Anyone who's handy and has some good resources - 2002
Message Board - can take on this task and save some money that
can be applied to other areas of your 02 that need some TLC. First,
order a carpet kit. I went with the Bimmer
Parts Co. sectional carpet kit ($195 + tax/shipping) in salt
and pepper - like my original carpet.
might want to consider getting some new front seats. We all know
how uncomfortable and messy the stock horsehair bench seats can
be. But some nostalgic owners prefer keeping it stock and I respect
that - just do your back a favor and have them repadded. In my opinion,
when it comes to seats it's a no brainer - RECAROS!!
Recaros can cost anywhere from $20 (thrashed) to $1200 (leather).
If you are looking for Recaros, I recommend that you contact Mr.
Butler) - I am extremely pleased with the set I got from him.
on with these directions, I would like to express my thanks Kerry
D. Scott - the author of the instructions that were included
with my carpet kit. Kerry, if it were not for your initiative and
patience taking the time to write out these installation instructions
it would have taken me twice as long to finish the job. THANKS!
Now on to the installation.
step is to remove everything: Front and rear seats (how
to remove seats), front seat belts, rocker panel covers, shifter
and emergency brake boots, center console, inner door frame trim,
hood latch mechanism, gas pedal, AC (if you have it - you will need
to loosen some bolts but you won't have to take it out completely).
all the old carpeting and padding that sticks to the floorboard
or cardboard - you might consider removing all the cardboard padding
stuck to the floorboard. I found that it was very hard to floor
the gas pedal and clutch with the old cardboard and new padding
installed, so I took all the cardboard out.
Seat Belt Latch Removal
Rocker Panel Covers
Seat Belt Strap Removal
time: Now's your chance to do that spring cleaning job you've
always wanted to do. If your 02 is like mine, you will find enough
horsehair under your backseat to cover a Clydesdale. I guess that
stuff was on sale in the 70's. Take this opportunity to really give
the interior a good vacuuming and cleaning. I also used compressed
air to get the horsehairs out of those hard to reach areas. Make
sure it's all clear.
Rear Seat Base
Rear Seat Base
Rear Seat Out
I took Kerry's wise advice and used glue only where necessary. I
bought some 3M 90 Trim Adhesive spray at the local Hardware store
- in the paint section. It dries pretty fast but not so fast as
to not give you a chance to adjust pieces. One word of caution -
DO NOT GLUE UNTIL YOU ARE SURE ABOUT IT! Like Kerry says in his
instructions, only a few pieces need gluing - the face of the rear
seat base, rocker panels and kick panels - gravity, weight and a
little elbow grease will take care of the rest.
the carpet sections: I decided to keep with Kerry's directions
and I started from the rear and moved forward. The back seat base
panel is a little tricky, make sure there is only vinyl in the top
of the seat base. If any carpet is on this section, the back seat
bench will not latch into place. Once the vinyl is secured on the
base, proceed to gluing the carpet back to the base. You may need
to make little slits along the rounded center section that goes
around the tranny tunnel to get a good fit. But always cut
The rocker panels
are the hardest part of the installation. Like Kerry says, "you
might want to have a beer at this point!" It needs to be positioned
perfectly! The thing to remember is that the vinyl edging on these
carpet sections need to butt up against the vertical tip of the
rocker panel. If it goes over, the rocker panel cover will not fit.
You will also need to make a cut in this piece that's big enough
to get the seat adjustment handle through - be careful. You will
also need to make sure that no carpet is on the seat mounts - the
seats will not fit or operate properly if there is carpet on base.
You will also have to cut and trim some vinyl so the slider latch does
not catch onto it. I suggest not using glue on this section until
you are completely satisfied with its position and placement.
The worst of
it's over now! If you made it this far, you'll breeze through the
rest of this. The next pieces are the one's in front of the rocker
panels and at the base of the kick panels. These just need to be
positioned so the inner door molding holds a section closest to
the seat. The rest of it will be held on with glue. Don't worry
about the piece having no vinyl trim on 3 of its 4 sides - those
parts will be covered by the kick panel and floor panel pieces.
Rear Seat Base Carpet Install
Rear Seat Base Carpet Install
Move on to the
kick panels now. Do the passenger side first - the hood latch is
a bit tricky; save it for later. The most important thing to remember
is that the vinyl needs to be flush against the edge of the door
jam. Once you've got it flush, run the inner door molding along
the edge and secure it in place. If you like what you see, start
gluing! The driver's side has the hood latch, so you've got to be
patient. I did it the way Kerry recommended and secured the two
screws with out the latch, got the edges flush and secured the molding.
I then glued the lower half of the carpet to the kick panel and
held the upper portion against the panel with my free hand. At this point, feel for
the 2 screws and use a utility knife to cut small holes. Now you
can remove the screws, position the hood release latch and secure
it with the screws.
Now you can
install the big tranny tunnel piece. Start from the back and work
it around the brake lever grommet and shifter. Do your best to work
the wrinkles out. The seat base vinyl for this piece will need some
trimming, too, but you should wait until it's been secured to do
this. Now you can reinstall the seat belt receivers. They use bolts
and have holes that are much easier to find. Once you've got the
rear section worked out to your liking start working the carpet
forward over the shifter and under the center console. If you have
AC (like I do) this will be an adventure - but be patient. Like
Kerry says, "have another beer!"
The rest of
the pieces require no glue whatsoever - in mine and Kerry's opinions.
The driver's side floorboard piece has vinyl trim that you can use
as a cutting guide for your clutch and brake. You will have to wait
to make the small cuts for the clips at the foot of the gas pedal
until the carpet is in place - like the hood latch. Slide the clutch,
brake pedal and accelerator hook through the holes and reposition
the floorboard carpet. Once it's set, make small cuts for the accelerator
clips and make a small cut for the accelerator stop so that there is no carpet obstructing the accelerator pedal and stop - that way you will still be able to push the pedal to the metal. The driver's side is done.
side floorboard carpet should not be a problem. If you have AC,
you will have to make a small slice in the top of the carpet to
accomodate the hose going through the firewall. Position the passenger
floorboard carpet and two rear floorboard carpets. Now you can start
putting everything back together in this order; rear seat, center
console, brake and shift boots, door trim, rocker panel covers,
and front seats. BAM, you're done! Congratulations, you just saved
a few hundred dollars that you can blow on more 02 parts!
Recaros: First, you will have to remove
the existing seats. Move the seats all the way forward and you will
see two 10mm bolts securing the sliders, unscrew these. Now move
the seat all the way back and remove the two 10mm bolts in the front
of the sliders. Lean the seat back and take it out of the car.
Front Seat Bolts - behind seat
Front Seat Bolts - front of seat
Rear Bench Seat Removal
Rear Bench Seat Screws
In case you
were wondering, removing the rear seat is really easy. Simply grab
the seat bench and lift it up - the clips will release and the
bench can be removed. To get the rear seat back rest out, all you
have to do is remove two screws that hold the back rest. Then lift
it up and towards you to unlatch the upper clips.
If your Recaros
already have 2002 sliders installed, just go ahead and bolt those
bad boys in. If your Recaros don't have 320i sliders or no sliders
at all, you will need to remove and use your old seat's sliders.
If you expose the seat's underside, you will see that the sliders
are secured to the seat with the same 10mm bolts. Slide the insert
all the way in either direction so that the bolts are exposed and
remove them. Once you've got the sliders removed, install them to
the base of your Recaros and the seats are ready to go in. The seats
go in the same way they came out.
You Keith - 74tii for all your help with my seat sliders!