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EAS Carbon Fiber Interior Trim Installation
Published by Mr. 5
04-27-2008
EAS Carbon Fiber Interior Trim Installation

EAS Carbon Fiber Trim Installation Guide

Tools Needed:

1 Thin Flat Head Screwdriver
T10 Torx Wrench
8mm Wrench
Needle Nose Pliers (For transferring clips and Plugs)
Masking Tape (For Marking Purposes)



FRONT DOOR TRIMóSTART AT THE TRIM CLOSEST TO THE FRONT OF THE CAR

BEFORE


Get a flat head screwdriver and fit it in between the trim and the door. Once the screwdriver gets in position, pull the screwdriver towards yourself and grab the trim with your other hand. Once you get a hold of the trim with your hand then keep pulling down the line. Make sure that you keep pulling at the spot closest to the door so you donít bend the trim that you are removing.

Once the trim is off the car, then transfer the bolts (fittings) to the new EAS CF trim.
When the fittings are in place, make a dry fit by linning the trim in place and observe that the fittings are lined up with the holes. Adjust the fittings accordingly.

I also added masking tape (painterís tape) to the outside of the CF trim so I know where the fittings are. This helps by knowing where to push the trim when installing it. Iíve heard the horror stories of people applying pressure in the wrong spot (weak spots) of the CF trim and the trim will crack. If you push the trim where the fittings are (the strong spots) then the trim will not flex and fit perfectly.






You are now done installing the front.

REAR DOOR TRIMóSTART AT THE TRIM CLOSEST TO THE REAR OF THE CAR

Do the same thing to the rear doors that you did to the front doors except you are starting at the rear of the door first.



CENTER CONSOLE TRIM

Make sure that nothing is in your cubby, and the ashtray/sunglass holder is empty.
Remove the shifter boot by pulling the knob straight up. Once the knob is loose then unclip the leather from the center console.



Open the arm rest. Grab the center console like Iím doing in the picture. Pull straight up.


Once the console it loose then grab the console with both hands and pull it towards the back of the car.
The console should break free, and you should be able to remove the console from the car.

Turn the console upside down and use a torx T10 wrench to remove the ashtray from the console.

Use the flat head screwdriver to pry the ashtray cover off of the ashtray.



You will see the 2 slots in the rear of the ashtray. Once the old trim is off, install the new CF trim by fitting the front first and then push down on the back making sure the rear clips are being held by the ashtray assembly.
Your ashtray is now done.


Transfer all the clips and padding to the new console.
Transfer the cubby over to the new console.
Transfer and install the ashtray over to the new console.





Now, install the center console by going in reverse order of what you did to take it off.
Your center console is now installed and completed!

DRIVERíS SIDE AIR VENT TRIM



Use your flat head screwdriver to pry back the old trim from the instrument cluster side.
Once the trim is out far enough, grab the trim with your hand and massage it towards you until the trim breaks free.

You now ned to transfer the vent over to the new CF trim.
Use your flat head screwdriver to pry back the clips that are holding the vent on.
Be very carefull that you do not pry too hard. When you are prying with one hand, keep a hold of the vent with the other hand pulling gently. Doing this will help the clips that you are prying not go back into the slot when you pry in other areas.





The vent will become looser and looser when more and more clips are pryed up, and you will find that the vent will just get loose enough to slip off.

Now install the vent onto the new CF trim by going into reverse order. Everything should clip in to place.
Transfer the clip/bolts to the new CF trim.
Push the new CF trim with the vent into place.
Your driverís side air vent trim is now installed.

PASSENGERíS SIDE AND MAIN AIR VENT TRIM

Do somewhat of the same thing as the Driverís side vent.
Start by prying the trim up with the screwdriver on the center console side.
Do not pull hard though. Just try to get the whole piece of trim loose.



You will need to disconnect the plug going to the Start Button.



You will also need to disconnect the wires going to the main vent (hazard lights, door lock, etc.).
Use your needle nose plyers to get the plugs off of the vent. Take your time with this. Donít get frustrated and break anything. If youíre feeling frustrated then take a break.



When you get everything unplugged, you should be able to get the entire trim piece off the car.

Transfer the Start button over to the new trim. Squeeze the two prongs like in the pic to remove the button. When removed just clip it into the new trim. It should clip in pretty easily.



Transfer the vents over to the new trim just like you did with the Driverís side vent.
Transfer all the clips and bolts over to the new trim.
You will need to use an 8mm wrench though to take off the main vent.

Once everything has been transferred over to the new trim, it is now time to install the new CF trim to your dash. Lay it in place just enough to get the wires plugged back into the vent. Once the wires are plugged back in, then push everything back in place and install your main vent trim.

Your EAS Carbon Fiber Interior Trim Set is now complete!

Enjoy the pictures!!










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  #1  
By pacman on 04-27-2008, 06:06 PM
looks great!! thanks for the write up
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By triton. on 04-27-2008, 07:41 PM
Great right up. Does the EAS kit come with clips for attaching the pieces? I have wood trim now which doesn't have clips for the door pieces and what not.
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By Mr. 5 on 04-27-2008, 08:29 PM
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Great right up. Does the EAS kit come with clips for attaching the pieces? I have wood trim now which doesn't have clips for the door pieces and what not.
I just found out about this when I sold my aluminum trim. The EAS trim does not come with the bolts that you're talking about. If you are going from aluminum tirm to the CF then you need nothing extra. Everything from the aluminum trim can be transfered to the CF trim.

If you have the wood trim and you are looking to upgrade to the CF then I would suggest following this thread:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...4999&highlight

It looks like you need the following:

7 Pins (Part Number 51-45-8-266-808)
20 Threaded Bolts (Part Number 51-41-6-976-220)
1 Spectacles Tray (Part Number 51-16-7-132-376)
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By KkSc on 05-06-2008, 05:08 PM
GREAT WRITE UP..thanks!
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By j-tuned on 06-03-2008, 12:32 AM
sooo sexy! nice pics as well. great job buddy!
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By tommay248 on 06-04-2008, 11:58 AM
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so are you selling that aluminum trim????
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By Kruz on 06-04-2008, 04:30 PM
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Great writeup!

Did I miss the price of the EAS Trim?

To the poster above....I may be selling my alum trim soon!
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By tom @ eas on 06-04-2008, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Kruz View Post
Great writeup!

Did I miss the price of the EAS Trim?

To the poster above....I may be selling my alum trim soon!
Everything is listed on our site:

e90 Carbon Fibre Interior Trim set - 2x2 Twill
http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...oducts_id=1874
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By Kruz on 06-05-2008, 03:37 PM
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so are you selling that aluminum trim????
$675 and you can have mine.
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By exo-ak-dk on 06-15-2008, 04:08 PM
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great job!
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By wuufer001 on 04-28-2009, 12:36 AM
how do you remove the cubby in the center console?
any special tricks? i tried and i thinki have cracked one of the clips.
i seriously need help.
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By TBird7424 on 05-18-2009, 02:58 PM
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Great walk through! Now I think I just might do it myself rather than pay a local custom shop. I just bought a '06 325i. I really like the wheels on yours. What kind are they? V710's in Gunmetal? Also I saw your profile on dragtimes.com. Very cool. What is "JB2HR"? I searched on some forums but got zero hits. Can you help me out?
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By xEcUtEr on 05-19-2009, 11:37 AM
hood trim cannot be pulled out? what's the problem of the bolts?

REgards

hugo
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By Vacek on 05-19-2009, 11:40 AM
Looks fantastic !

I'm wrapping mine, and I think it looks great as well ... and for only 50 bucks
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By kurtdaniel on 06-18-2009, 03:36 AM
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Great right up..i love the results..Id get the needed parts from Fram Parts and do this job later.
Last edited by kurtdaniel; 06-22-2009 at 08:36 PM.
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By BimmerValeT on 12-01-2009, 10:03 PM
any detail guide for the center console with i-drive?
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By Saintor on 12-11-2009, 04:16 PM
I have an aluminium and bought a set of OEM wood (dark burl). Do I need additional clips / attaches or maybe I can transfer everything from my alu set?

It would have been nice to show exactly where to pry in sequences. I don't get it from the pics.
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By MrDummy on 12-29-2009, 08:31 PM
WOW the CF is the way to go I have the dark Burl now and the small cracks and deformities make it look horrible in sunglight.

Great DIY by the way
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By vtataru on 03-02-2010, 11:43 AM
i'm confused a bit about the spectacles tray that listed here for a replacement part. do you use this instead of the ashtray and if so you would still have access to the cigarette lighter plug?
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By vtataru on 03-02-2010, 04:10 PM
"""CENTER CONSOLE TRIM

Make sure that nothing is in your cubby, and the ashtray/sunglass holder is empty.
Remove the shifter boot by pulling the knob straight up. Once the knob is loose then unclip the leather from the center console.""

anybody remover an automatic shifter. it it the same removal instructions like a manual knob and boot?
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By chemgeek on 03-02-2010, 04:42 PM
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I'd suggest using a putty knife instead of a screw driver to remove the old trim, especially if you want to sell it and/or if it is wood. A putty knife will distribute the pressure making is much less likely that you mar the corners of the trim. Just a thought.

A credit car works pretty well too.
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