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  DIY: Split Armrest Install
Sedan_Clan
08-30-2006
Ok fellas, after installing the Blacklines on 8/29/06, and the ///M e-brake & ///M shift knob earlier today, I decided to take a crack at the armrest. I was successful, and I found that the task is really quite simple. I took pictures of the 20 minute process.

F.Y.I...there are...
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By GJR on 03-06-2008, 11:24 PM
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OK, so I installed the split armrest and spring. Now, the only problem is that if I want to connect my iphone to the auxiliary jack under the armrest, I can't have the armrest close down on the wire while leaving the iphone in the little cubby behind the shifter (the spring won't let the armrest stay down unless it's fully latched).

Any ideas? Seems I'll have to either give up the spring function or maybe re-route the wire somewhere else?
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By bimmernupe on 03-06-2008, 11:36 PM
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Possible armrest solution

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OK, so I installed the split armrest and spring. Now, the only problem is that if I want to connect my iphone to the auxiliary jack under the armrest, I can't have the armrest close down on the wire while leaving the iphone in the little cubby behind the shifter (the spring won't let the armrest stay down unless it's fully latched).

Any ideas? Seems I'll have to either give up the spring function or maybe re-route the wire somewhere else?
I would say try cutting a small gap in the gasket that surrounds the armrest edge. But I believe the gasket is made of flexible rubber. So this may be pointless.

Or
Why not leave the IPhone in the console? I realize you may have already considered this, but I am just throwing it out there.
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By GJR on 03-08-2008, 03:44 PM
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I would say try cutting a small gap in the gasket that surrounds the armrest edge. But I believe the gasket is made of flexible rubber. So this may be pointless.

Or
Why not leave the IPhone in the console? I realize you may have already considered this, but I am just throwing it out there.
I may try cutting the rubber gasket as you mentioned... the only problem with keeping the iphone in the console is that you can't control it through the stereo (with the aux connector), so I'd have to pull it out of there every time I want to change a song.
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By BiscottiGelato on 03-11-2008, 05:36 AM
Anybody got the part number for the split armrest in leatherette? Thanks!
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By bimmernupe on 03-11-2008, 06:55 AM
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Cable doesn't work

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I may try cutting the rubber gasket as you mentioned... the only problem with keeping the iphone in the console is that you can't control it through the stereo (with the aux connector), so I'd have to pull it out of there every time I want to change a song.
The cable that came with the car that plugs into the the Aux and USB does not work with the IPhone?
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By 330iTiAg on 03-11-2008, 08:56 AM
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Question Split armrest and 6FL?

I did a quick search on this topic and didn't find an answer...

If you do the split armrest install, what happens to your built-in iPod case if you have 6FL? Can the split armrest be ordered with a case already integrated? Can the existing iPod case be transferred over? I wouldn't want to loose this functionality.

I saw a new M3 coupe this past weekend at a local BMW dealership. It had the split armrest from the factory. I believe it also had 6FL. Unfortunately, the car was behind ropes so I could not investigate.
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By bimmernupe on 03-11-2008, 09:39 AM
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I covered this

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I did a quick search on this topic and didn't find an answer...

If you do the split armrest install, what happens to your built-in iPod case if you have 6FL? Can the split armrest be ordered with a case already integrated? Can the existing iPod case be transferred over? I wouldn't want to loose this functionality.

I saw a new M3 coupe this past weekend at a local BMW dealership. It had the split armrest from the factory. I believe it also had 6FL. Unfortunately, the car was behind ropes so I could not investigate.
Open the holder and the back you see is just a fold up. Under this is three torx screws. Measure and screw in to armrest.
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By BiscottiGelato on 03-13-2008, 04:10 AM
Sorry to post again... but...

Anybody got the part number for the split armrest in leatherette? Thanks!
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By ucla1995 on 03-23-2008, 03:40 PM
Q: Where do the two prongs at the ends of the spring connect into? I couldn't find a slot or anything?
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By bimmernupe on 03-23-2008, 03:45 PM
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At the rear of the armrest there is a little area where the spring hooks into. In fact it will hold itself on. It is the only logical place that it will fit.
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By CRZ410S on 03-23-2008, 07:59 PM
Do you lose the IPod pocket on the inside of the lid?
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By bimmernupe on 03-23-2008, 08:02 PM
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Do you lose the IPod pocket on the inside of the lid?
The backing on the pouch lifts up from the bottom. It will reveal 3 torx screws.
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By Dr.Sommer on 05-11-2008, 03:56 PM
txusa03:
You mentioned before that adding the gear makes no diffrence. When You turned the sprocket before install, did it provide resistance? Normally some sort of "gel" inside the housing of the gear is forced through an orifice to slow down its motion and the motion of the armrest?
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By crackersoul on 05-22-2008, 05:33 PM
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woohoo, another successful install!

thanks to Sedan_Clan and all the others who helped out with the how-to's...and thanks to e90post.com!
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By bunting11 on 06-30-2008, 07:47 AM
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Split Armrest Install

I can't seem to get the pictures for this DIY install. Are they still available?
Thanks.
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By GregL on 06-30-2008, 09:41 AM
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I can't seem to get the pictures for this DIY install. Are they still available?
Thanks.
They're loading fine for me
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By Kev on 06-30-2008, 09:57 AM
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I had a hard time removing the pins holding the armrest down. It's worse than getting the headliner replaced! However, the results is worth the agony......
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By GregL on 06-30-2008, 04:34 PM
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I had a hard time removing the pins holding the armrest down. It's worse than getting the headliner replaced! However, the results is worth the agony......
I agree, I found it wasn't just a matter of sliding the pins out to the side. I had to clamp down on them with pliers and tap on it's head with a hammer in order to get them to move out one mm at a time.
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By Sedan_Clan on 06-30-2008, 05:10 PM
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I agree, I found it wasn't just a matter of sliding the pins out to the side. I had to clamp down on them with pliers and tap on it's head with a hammer in order to get them to move out one mm at a time.
Wow, your pin put up a fight. I never had to utilize a hammer during my install.

bunting, the pictures are loading fine. Try accessing this page from a different PC.
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By Kev on 06-30-2008, 07:29 PM
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I agree, I found it wasn't just a matter of sliding the pins out to the side. I had to clamp down on them with pliers and tap on it's head with a hammer in order to get them to move out one mm at a time.
Can't agree more, need to use a hammer to knock the pins out......
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By jumpingjz on 07-04-2008, 12:09 PM
the pins were hard to pull out, but no hammer was needed, oh and if anyone's wondering, E92 Split Armrest has the same part number as E90, I installed it on my E92, fits perfectly. Great DYI.

JZ
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By bunting11 on 07-09-2008, 10:04 PM
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Removing the Pins

First, my 2008 already has the spring installed, unlike the pictures from originally posted by Sedan Clan. So there's really no room to get good grip with a pliers on the pins. I tried with a needle nose, and I can't get them to budge. I also tried with a hammer - no luck, plus I'm afraid that the hammer might break the plastic clips that the pins run through. Anybody got any experiences in getting the pins to move?
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