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      11-03-2010, 08:20 PM   #1
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Im gonna do it...Cut hole in back seat for ski pass through e90

I searched on here and there were a lot of people that contemplated the cut and asked about it, but no one actually said they did it. People researched and got parts lists for the ski cassette and everything, but again no one said they did it. (that being said if i missed it somehow can someone point me to the thread where it was done).

I dont have the car with me at the moment but i am going to look into how i can cut through the plastic behind the arm rest in order to allow ski pass through. I would think i can retrofit the ski cassette after that or fabricate some kind of door to allow closure from the trunk (mostly for noise when the hole isnt in use). I do not need the ski bag and all, thats what some towels/blankets are for but i do need some kind of door system so when the armrest is down it doesnt look completely sloppy.

That being said if anyone has fold down (saddle brown, e90) that they dont use/want and want to trade let me know.
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Perfect idea. Take pictures and put it in the DIY section
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Will this be more cost effective than buying a roof rack which you can hold more equipment with?
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Yes...i HATE roof racks
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Yes...i HATE roof racks
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Yes...i HATE roof racks
so you're going to cut through your seats because you dont like the way they look? even though you can take them off when you're not using them? Ok....
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what if you just get new back seats? they could fold too right?
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Skiernan,
No im not cutting through the seat, im cutting through a plastic piece that BMW could have easily put some hinges on. In the end if it all gets screwed up im sure i can find the non folding seat back somewhere. Its not like if it all goes bad it isnt fixable.
And it isnt just the way they look, its the pain in the ass of installing/uninstalling, locking/unlocking, loading/unloading, storing/unstoring when not using, and the looks.

Coolie,
Yes i could change out the entire seat, which i may explore if i can find them at a junkyard but matching to the saddle i think will be challanging and i dont want to spend $1500+ to get the seats from BMW.
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Skiernan,
No im not cutting through the seat, im cutting through a plastic piece that BMW could have easily put some hinges on.
oh ok, thought you meant the actual seat, that would have been crazy
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I look forward to the Diy
Racks also lower the gas mileage.

I'm not a big fan of the roof rack, but need to use it anyway for all the stuff and allow more people inside.
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It's not the plastic behind the armrest you have to worry about - it's the solid metal seat backrest that really needs cut.

There are (2) P/N's for metal seat backrest: (1) with passthru, (1) without. The difference is the one already has the proper size hole for the pass thru punched out of the metal.

Yeah, you could just cut a hole in yours in the right place, but when I looked into it, the carpeted panels that cover the rear of the seats (at least if you have the fold down seats) are friggen glued on and while attempting to remove one it definitely looked as if removing it would ruin it.

If it wasn't for this fact, retrofit would not be bad, cut a hole in metal, install the passthru plastic framework parts & ski cassette.
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Should be easy peasy with the proper tools and an adventurous mindset. Keep everyone updated.
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I can't believe someone is going to do this. Good luck trying to sell that car.
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I can't believe someone is going to do this. Good luck trying to sell that car.
If he does an efficient job and it looks clean, who wouldn't want a functioning pass through for skis?

I know I would love it...
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You ski in Texas?
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rear seat

Since my e90 didn't have fold down seats or a pass through I found some at a junkyard for $350. I also had to order the rear seat latch releases and the top trim piece. Make sure if you go this route you get the top and bottom seat, as the top fold down won't work with the other bottom. The seat belt buckles latches are also longer on yours vs the fold down seat but no real need to switch them out. Lastly the middle seat belt disconnects on the fold down versions so you could or not get that too. I still have the orginal seat as it's napa leather and one I bought is leatherette. You can't tell at all unless you feel a front seat and than the rear, but none-the-less the jackass at the junk yard sold it to me as leather.

Good luck if you cut the current one, I think that will work fine and won't be that hard to do. Post up some pictures.
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wow, thats a bold move, GL, if you did it, make sure you post some pics, like to see how you did it
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Kind of ridiculous design BMW did. You only get the passthrough when you order seats that can already fold down!? If your seats fold, you don't really need the passthrough anymore, do you? The non-folding seats aught to be the ones with the passthrough.

My seats fold, and whenever I go skiing I just fold down one seatback. Skibag has never been unfurled (looks like it'd be impossible to get it back in the case if I ever did!)
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Kind of ridiculous design BMW did. You only get the passthrough when you order seats that can already fold down!? If your seats fold, you don't really need the passthrough anymore, do you? The non-folding seats aught to be the ones with the passthrough.

My seats fold, and whenever I go skiing I just fold down one seatback. Skibag has never been unfurled (looks like it'd be impossible to get it back in the case if I ever did!)
but with the pass-through you can still have two people sitting in the back seats...you can't do that if the seat is folded down!

I know this point is belabored, but it is just so stupid that this is not a standard feature on these cars anyways...I am not a skier, but I think I'd just go with the roofracks, remove them when I wasn't using them, and be done with it. but GL op!
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Believe me- if you have more than two skiers, all the ski gear is going to occupy at least half the back seat area anyway. I don't think you can fit four pair of skis and poles through the passthrough. Two is pushing it.

Three is the most people this car can practically take skiing without a roof rack...but if you have that you don't need a passthrough. Even the boots and clothes for four would be tough to jam in the trunk- especially if you have a spare tire back there, since most winter tires aren't available in runflat.
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since most winter tires aren't available in runflat.
uh, that's not true...
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Do it. BTW, I fit 4 pairs in my pass through and everyone's junk in my car all the time. I have a rack with a box, bike fittings, kayak fittings, etc. and only use it when I have to. Folding a big piece of nylon is just not that hard folks.

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