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Old 01-28-2019, 12:31 AM
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My Headliner is removed, how do I remove my sunshades for recovering?

I recently pulled out my headliner,…I was hoping to be able to remove my front or possibly both sun shades from my panoramic sun roof, so I could take them to my local upholstery shop for recovering.
The sunshades were in the fully forward or closed position. I manually cranked my front sun roof glass back to its rear most position but it wasn’t clear how to get the sunshade removed,…..or,….in a worst case scenario,…manually move the front sun shade to its rear most hidden position,….so that I wouldn’t have to look at the sagging fabric cover on the sun shade,….or feel it touching the top of my head.
I did remove two of the three Torx fasteners that appear to possibly be the fastener holding the sun shade in place,…..however, the 3rd Torx fastener is under the perforated metal piece that creates the sun block when the two sun roof panels are in the vent position,….and the perforated metal strip itself appears to be held in place by a TINY Torx stainless steel or chrome plated screw.
Has anyone been down this path? Any suggestions?
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Old 01-29-2019, 10:46 PM
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Been there done that! If you want to get the sunshades out you need to remove the entire sunroof assembly and disassemble it on a bench. It is virtually impossible to disassemble the sunroof in place. It is a difficult enough task due to the lack of available information on how to disassemble and reassemble the unit.
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Old 01-30-2019, 07:52 PM
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I was able to remove both my shutters to be re-upholstered on my E53. My E83 looks the same, but I haven't had to look as both shutters look fine.


E83 procedure looks the same:

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Old 01-30-2019, 09:26 PM
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You remove the glass, and the sunshades remove from the top.
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