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      02-22-2012, 11:55 AM   #1
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Question What happ to the headrest?

My 2011 335i xdrive coupe's headrests don't fold down? That was one of my Fav things on my previous bimmers! Any DYI mod for this??
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      02-22-2012, 11:56 AM   #2
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What do you mean fold down?
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      02-22-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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The adjustable headrest was replaced on the 09 models with the Active Headrests, which move forward in a crash to prevent whiplash. It's actually an added feature, not a removed one.
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The adjustable headrest was replaced on the 09 models with the Active Headrests, which move forward in a crash to prevent whiplash. It's actually an added feature, not a removed one.
Humm shot neck for the rest of my life or added comfort for long drives..that's a hard one...
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the previous bmw headrests (which I also favored greatly) always passed govt tests for head protection, but you know bmw always trying to step up the game for safety. we have it good though, some of the lci e60 headrests felt like they straight up came out of a 90's volvo... so ours aren't THAT bad but they could be better..
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the previous bmw headrests (which I also favored greatly) always passed govt tests for head protection, but you know bmw always trying to step up the game for safety. we have it good though, some of the lci e60 headrests felt like they straight up came out of a 90's volvo... so ours aren't THAT bad but they could be better..
I wonder if the older ones would still fit? Get it reupholstered to match? haha maybe a lil over board?
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Humm shot neck for the rest of my life or added comfort for long drives..that's a hard one...
If your seat is adjusted properly and your driving position correct then your head shouldn't touch the headrest. Only by sitting correctly is true comfort realized.
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If your seat is adjusted properly and your driving position correct then your head shouldn't touch the headrest. Only by sitting correctly is true comfort realized.
Yea I know, you're right..!
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I wanted to swap my much nicer styled and tilting sport headrests from my '07 when I traded it in for my "11, but I saw this in the '11 owners manual:

"For technical reasons, the head restraint
cannot be removed."

I got used to the less styled and non tilting ones quickly though.
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I wanted to swap my much nicer styled and tilting sport headrests from my '07 when I traded it in for my "11, but I saw this in the '11 owners manual:

"For technical reasons, the head restraint
cannot be removed."

I got used to the less styled and non tilting ones quickly though.
Yea I suppose so, what are ya going to do?
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Yea I suppose so, what are ya going to do?
I left the one that came with the car in and got used to them and the plain design. My friend bought my old car and I still have a little "headrest envy" whenever she is over with my old car. At least the F's have nicer ones, so my next car will have less plain looking ones.
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The headrests can be removed but requires you to remove the seat and take out the back cover. All of this to remove the wire that is responsible for the active headrest. I haven't tried it but I'm sure that if that cable was unplugged without some sort of coding, it'd throw some sort of airbag error / alarm.
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the previous bmw headrests (which I also favored greatly) always passed govt tests for head protection, but you know bmw always trying to step up the game for safety. we have it good though, some of the lci e60 headrests felt like they straight up came out of a 90's volvo... so ours aren't THAT bad but they could be better..
I wonder if the older ones would still fit? Get it reupholstered to match? haha maybe a lil over board?
they will fit, but you Are going to have an airbag light because the active headrest are removed. there is a wire running through one of the chrome posts on the headrest (hence the 'cannot be removed for technical reasons) for the pyrotechnic unit. definitely not advisable to remove that.
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I wish i could get them to sit flush with the seat in my 2010 328i...
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