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      03-04-2018, 03:48 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone

We thought we would share this simple and easy DIY. It was frustrating that we could not find anything out there on the interweb regarding this process and the dealerships are charging 3 hours shop time. Anyone can do this at home with a little patience. Feel free to comment and we will do the best we can to answer.

Thanks to INDVDL///M for performing this!

Background:

For MY2015/16 the seat ///Mblems are silver whereas the MY2017 and newer come in black. To update the interior with black emblems, we have outlined the DIY below.

Difficulty:

Moderate

Estimated Time:

1.0 - 1.5 Hours

Part Numbers:

52108089597*
Black M3 Illuminated Seat Emblem

*Please note this part number is for the M3 only. M4 will have a different number.

Tools and material:

Side Cutters
Needle Nose Pliers
Nitrile Gloves
Zip Ties

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1. Seat Positioning


To make this is easy as possible for access, we simply moved the seat as far forward as possible, followed by moving the seat backing as far forward as well. This is to enable us to remove the leather seat from the backing. This will be done at the edges of the leather and backing transition.


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2. Leather removal from seat


In order to access the back of the illuminated emblem, you will need to remove the leather from the seat in which it is mounted. This is accomplished by starting at the bottom of the outside edge of the seat that resides closest to the door. I recommend wearing nitrile gloves as I found that when working with the leather you want to try and eliminate any chance of scratching the leather.

You will not have to remove the seat cover completely, however we found that by starting from the bottom closest to the door, we worked around the seat until we came to just below the head rest on the other side. This will enable you to pull the cover from the seat backing forward to access the wiring harness.

In order to start this process, pry the leather away from the seat backing. This will take a little effort, however you can separate it enough to get your other finger in. Once in, it's only a matter of sliding your finger up the side of the seat between the leather and the backing and it will come loose.


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It is important to note that the yellow seat foam is attached on either side of the seat to a hard styrofoam. You can either pull the adhesive apart like we did or pull the hard styrofoam from out of the seat with the yellow foam intact. Unfortunately we only discovered this after!


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3. Emblem Removal


Once the leather seat cover is free from the backing, you can now access the wiring connector.

DO NOT PULL THE COVER FORWARD AS THE WIRING LOOM IS ZIP TIED TO THE SEAT.

You will need to disconnect the wiring connector, cut the zip tie with your cutters and then pull the head rest forward to access the clips for the seat emblem.


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Using a set of needle nose pliers, you will have to compress the clips and push it through the seat backing. Once both clips are pushed through, you can feed the wiring loom and connector through.


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4. Installation


Installation is the reversal of the above process. A couple of pointers here.
  • Make sure you check the illumination of the emblem before you put everything back together!
  • Ensure all the foam is set in place into the seat backing before re-installing the leather cover.
  • Starting where you ended for the seat cover, simply fold the leather edge back onto itself and push the edge back into the seat back groove while moving along the edge to your starting point.


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Enjoy the fruits of your labour. This is a simple DIY and we welcome your feedback and comments!


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Wow fantastic, thanks for taking the time to document this. In previous DIY videos (one with a dashcam pointing at the dealership tech doing it), it shows the seat back removal. Would that be an easier way? The pictures of the foam and leather just hanging there are terrifying!
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Wow fantastic, thanks for taking the time to document this. In previous DIY videos (one with a dashcam pointing at the dealership tech doing it), it shows the seat back removal. Would that be an easier way? The pictures of the foam and leather just hanging there are terrifying!
We did see that same video. I am not sure this is all that terrifying though....lol.

The inspiration came from those who were changing their seat backs.

The seat covers and foam is robust. The amount of force involved is minimal and it would take some serious effort to damage them.

Save yourself the cost of the dealership labour. Anyone with mechanical inclination can tackle this easy and good looking upgrade.
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We did see that same video. I am not sure this is all that terrifying though....lol.

The inspiration came from those who were changing their seat backs.

The seat covers and foam is robust. The amount of force involved is minimal and it would take some serious effort to damage them.

Save yourself the cost of the dealership labour. Anyone with mechanical inclination can tackle this easy and good looking upgrade.
This upgrade is definitely going on my short list
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Awesome
mine have also cracked and will look at changing out myself

thanks for the DIY and Pointers.
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Awesome
mine have also cracked and will look at changing out myself

thanks for the DIY and Pointers.
No sweat! Glad we could help. Feel free to comment after and let everyone know how useful this was. We welcome any additional comments to add to the DIY
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Used this guide as well to replace my seat badges as well. Thank you.
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Used this guide as well to replace my seat badges as well. Thank you.
Awesome!

Post some pics, we'd love to see!!!

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Good afternoon, everyone I'm new to the forums and looking to change the seat emblems. I've already read over the DIY, but I'm having an issue to remove the leather seat plastic lip. Is there any special tool I could use? Does anyone have a closeup photo of the bottom plastic lip so I don't destroy the leather?
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Good afternoon, everyone I'm new to the forums and looking to change the seat emblems. I've already read over the DIY, but I'm having an issue to remove the leather seat plastic lip. Is there any special tool I could use? Does anyone have a closeup photo of the bottom plastic lip so I don't destroy the leather?
I would not recommended using any tools. Simplify pull the leather back at the bottom, outside corner. With the other hand, push your fingers between the leather and plastic seat back to aid in its removal. You need to use a little for force to pop the leather out of the seat back groove. Once you begin to free it, it will become easier as you move up the seat. Remember to pry with me hand while the other gets between the leather and the seat backing.

Good luck.

BTW...if it makes you feel any better, my wife did this
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The weather was finally was cooperating this weekend and I gave it a go. For the life of me, no matter how I tried I could not get the leather to pop out of the track Could you show me how you got it started at the bottom? Is there a technique or trick I'm missing. It looks like the leather is wrapped around the bottom and I'm afraid I might rip it. Help!
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The weather was finally was cooperating this weekend and I gave it a go. For the life of me, no matter how I tried I could not get the leather to pop out of the track Could you show me how you got it started at the bottom? Is there a technique or trick I'm missing. It looks like the leather is wrapped around the bottom and I'm afraid I might rip it. Help!
Perhaps we can try and post a video. Give us some time and we will try an post it this week.
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Perhaps we can try and post a video. Give us some time and we will try an post it this week.
Excellent job guys!!!

Look forward to the video.

Mine need changing and my dealer is giving me the run a round to replace it.

So I would have to order the parts and do it myself, so this gives me confidence to do it myself!!
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Did you have opportunity to make the video? The weather is good now and I wanted to make a second attempt to change the seat emblems.
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holy shit. rather keep mine silver lol. Great DIY
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Did you have opportunity to make the video? The weather is good now and I wanted to make a second attempt to change the seat emblems.
Nope. Sorry. We've been away. Hopefully next week we can try.
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Any luck on making the video? I was looking forward to it.
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holy shit. rather keep mine silver lol. Great DIY
lmao unless the video somehow convinces me, these things are staying as-is
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FYI guys - I attempted to remove the leather from the plastic seam, as shown in the above DIY/video, and it was very easy. I don't have the new emblems yet so I didn't go any further, but this is much easier than it looks.
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Bump. Video added to the first post to show how to separate the leather from the seat backing.
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Just completed the emblem swap, and I gotta say it's way easier than it looks. It took me about 20 minutes for both sides - it may take you a bit longer if don't have DIY experience.

Some hints to add:
- The leather is easy to remove from the seat back channel, it's only a little stubborn on the curves.
- Be careful when working inside the seat - the frame has several sharp edges.
- It may be easier to use tweezers to squeeze the clips together, since it's hard to get full size needle nose pliers in place, but I was actually able to squeeze them together with just my fingers.
- When reattaching the leather to the seat back, remember to roll the plastic edge over and into the lip. If you do a rolling motion, it snaps right back into place.
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Just completed the emblem swap, and I gotta say it's way easier than it looks. It took me about 20 minutes for both sides - it may take you a bit longer if don't have DIY experience.

Some hints to add:
- The leather is easy to remove from the seat back channel, it's only a little stubborn on the curves.
- Be careful when working inside the seat - the frame has several sharp edges.
- It may be easier to use tweezers to squeeze the clips together, since it's hard to get full size needle nose pliers in place, but I was actually able to squeeze them together with just my fingers.
- When reattaching the leather to the seat back, remember to roll the plastic edge over and into the lip. If you do a rolling motion, it snaps right back into place.
Looks great. Thanks for the comments, I was about to just accept my fate of having silver worn emblems lol.
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