Welcome to ZRoadster.org - BMW Z1 Z4 Z8 Z3 Forum and Technical Database

If you want to join in with the discussion, and see the areas which are available only to members then sign up now!

  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

How To Guide Changing Your Bmw Z3 Seat Bushes

Discussion in 'Z3 & Z3 M Roadster & Coupé Knowledgebase' started by GazHyde, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
    Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator British Zeds

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    15,210
    Likes Received:
    9,349
    Trophy Points:
    226
    Location:
    Newbury, Berkshire
    Model of Z:
    BMW Z4 3.0Si Sport
  2. badman gee

    badman gee Guest

    thanks for the write up.

    might need it in the future.
     
  3. Aceman

    Aceman Moderator
    British Zeds 3rd Party Trader

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2011
    Messages:
    2,221
    Likes Received:
    713
    Trophy Points:
    156
    Location:
    Wakefield
    Model of Z:
    ///M Roadster
    Great writeup, many thanks to Zedonist. :)
     
  4. zedonist

    zedonist Guest

    Well the seat bushes were well and truly tested today, and what a difference, not a jot of movement, well worth the RSI to get a good fit, and the seats move quicker and ,more silent since re-greasing the kebabs
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. board

    board Administrator
    Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator British Zeds M Power

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    1,391
    Likes Received:
    80
    Trophy Points:
    88
    Location:
    Cuiaba
    Model of Z:
    M Roadster
    I will get mine done this year!
     
  6. zedonist

    zedonist Guest

    I am happy to do anyone's for an hours labour 30 quid, just travel to mine.....
     
  7. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
    Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator British Zeds

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    15,210
    Likes Received:
    9,349
    Trophy Points:
    226
    Location:
    Newbury, Berkshire
    Model of Z:
    BMW Z4 3.0Si Sport
    Just got this emailed through the sites contact form. Said I would pass it on... ;)

    • Name: steve
    • Email Address: <removed>
    • Your Message: just wanted to say thanks for such easy, straight-forward directions on how to fix the rocking seats. As I have little experience working on cars I was a bit intimidated, but your post was so clear I actually finished in about an hour (although I did skip the wine - perhaps next time). again, thanks.
     
  8. Aceman

    Aceman Moderator
    British Zeds 3rd Party Trader

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2011
    Messages:
    2,221
    Likes Received:
    713
    Trophy Points:
    156
    Location:
    Wakefield
    Model of Z:
    ///M Roadster
    Ahh yes supplied some bushes a couple of weeks ago to Steve. ;)
     
  9. metalmickey

    metalmickey Zorg Addict
    The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2014
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    76
    Trophy Points:
    45
    Location:
    Walton on Thames, Surrey
    Model of Z:
    3
  10. Aceman

    Aceman Moderator
    British Zeds 3rd Party Trader

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2011
    Messages:
    2,221
    Likes Received:
    713
    Trophy Points:
    156
    Location:
    Wakefield
    Model of Z:
    ///M Roadster
    I presume you have tried WD40 or similar and if you can somehow get as long an extension bar on as you can to generate some torque you should be able to free them off. Alternatively you could try heating the head of the bolt up with one of those micro blow torches obviously being carefull not to set the carpet alight or igniting any grease on the runners, just need to be a bit carefull if you end doing this.
     
  11. metalmickey

    metalmickey Zorg Addict
    The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2014
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    76
    Trophy Points:
    45
    Location:
    Walton on Thames, Surrey
    Model of Z:
    3
    Hi Aceman
    Thank you for those tips.
    I have tried WD40 but they still won't budge. Being in the carpet game I know all about the effects of heat on fibre. I suspect that the lack of space may be the issue I need to resolve, however I have a cunning plan.
    Tomorrow I intend to visit my local MOT/Service garage armed with folding money and I will ask them to use their compressed air torque wrench on the stubborn b*****s. I am sure that was the way they were tightened initially when the car was built.
    I am hoping to recoup the cash by exposing the bootie hidden beneath the seats! Once I get those bolts loose I can set to the task of installing your excellent bushes!
    I will post details of the outcome successful or otherwise.
    Thanks again.
    MM
     
  12. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
    Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator British Zeds

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    15,210
    Likes Received:
    9,349
    Trophy Points:
    226
    Location:
    Newbury, Berkshire
    Model of Z:
    BMW Z4 3.0Si Sport
    Yes they are a pain to try and get a socket on to effectively.

    Ideally you need a long handle for extra leverage, but there just isn't the space. I think the first time I removed mine involved a fair bit of swearing.

    I managed to cross thread a rear bolt refitting them but a local garage sorted it in about 15 seconds. They had a much better selection of tools than I did ;)
     
  13. Aceman

    Aceman Moderator
    British Zeds 3rd Party Trader

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2011
    Messages:
    2,221
    Likes Received:
    713
    Trophy Points:
    156
    Location:
    Wakefield
    Model of Z:
    ///M Roadster
    Forgot about using a windy gun. Fortunatly that is something I do possess in my arsenal of tools but for some reason didn't come to mind. Doh! :facepalm:
     
  14. metalmickey

    metalmickey Zorg Addict
    The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2014
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    76
    Trophy Points:
    45
    Location:
    Walton on Thames, Surrey
    Model of Z:
    3
    Tomorrow is the big day then. Make or break those 16mm tempered steel nuts! Pardon the expression.
     
  15. zedonist

    zedonist Guest

    Are you turning them the right way? Mine only needed a sicker and wrench.........
     
  16. metalmickey

    metalmickey Zorg Addict
    The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2014
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    76
    Trophy Points:
    45
    Location:
    Walton on Thames, Surrey
    Model of Z:
    3
    Job done. Local GO Service station obliged with the stubborn bolts. No real problems encountered however recommend really protecting the sills and interior trim well.
    I used carpet underlay but the rails still marked the vinyl interior. Suggest putting additional padding on these ends. Tip for sanding down the bushes. A squash ball makes a very good handle. It fits into the hole in the centre snugly and allows easy movement without the need for gloves.
    Thank you guys for all your help with this project. In total it took about 3 hours from start to to finish. The first one went well and the second one (driver's side) was quicker having mastered the technique.
    Couple of days off now to rest my back. It does not like bending and twisting in confined spaces. A glass of wine will be my reward. Total sum recovered from underneath £3.16 and some peanuts. I won't be keeping the peanuts to have with my glass of wine!
    MM
     
    • Like Like x 3
  17. zedonist

    zedonist Guest

    See the wine is key to this and other zed related projects..........
     
  18. metalmickey

    metalmickey Zorg Addict
    The M44 Massive

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2014
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    76
    Trophy Points:
    45
    Location:
    Walton on Thames, Surrey
    Model of Z:
    3
    It certainly did the trick!!
     
  19. Jack Ratt

    Jack Ratt Zorg Guru (V)
    Supporter British Zeds The West Country

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2013
    Messages:
    6,528
    Likes Received:
    3,752
    Trophy Points:
    184
    Location:
    TRURO, CORNWALL
    Model of Z:
    2.8i AUTO and 2.8i MANUAL
    I'm having a go at mine this afternoon as soon as the Australia v Uruguay match is over.

    it's been a long time since I tackled 4 bushes on a Sunday afternoon=))
     
    • Funny Funny x 5
  20. zedonist

    zedonist Guest

    Not many about with all this waxing and shaving, the odd one or two in Brazil I hear...
     
    • Funny Funny x 3