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dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

Post by handsomejackuk » Mon 20 Jun, 2016 14:54

Hi to all,

Just bought a Z3 and didnt really notice but the leather behind the instrument cluster is coming away from the binnacle and also the leather just behind looks as though it has popped out, i did try and put it back in but it wont go back in.. is it easy enough to just remove the binnacle and reglue or stretch the leather back in place. ?

i need at some stage to remove the steering wheel to get it refurbed or replaced, i assume i need to disconnect the battery so that the air bag light wont activate...

please advise

thanks Al.

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Re: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

Post by ('_')Z3 » Mon 20 Jun, 2016 16:45

http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... t=zedcarer

The leather does tend to dry out over time and peel away as you have described. The link above should tell you everything you need to know, it's a reasonably big job that a lot of people have done more regularly for various reasons. Zedcarer was one of the first to remove the dash to enable the re-sticking of the leather. The steering wheel is described too but as you've said disconnect the battery to avoid the airbag light and the possibility of it discharging in your face as you remove it!!
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Re: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

Post by handsomejackuk » Mon 20 Jun, 2016 20:43

so just to confirm then the whole dash had got to come out to sort this..... ?

sounds like a big job i thought maybe just the binnacle could be reomoved. Grrrrr

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Re: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

Post by spurs fan in a coupe » Mon 20 Jun, 2016 21:03

Yep the dash needs to come out to get the binnacle off.

It is a big job to be honest, I've got black or beige dashs for sale if you are interested.

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Re: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

Post by ('_')Z3 » Mon 20 Jun, 2016 21:04

The only way to remove the part you're talking about is to remove the dash. It's attached by melted plastic lugs only accessible when you've removed it.
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Re: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

Post by Southernboy » Wed 22 Jun, 2016 14:31

Bertijaffa aka Lee - is a serious "pro" when it comes to the leather dash trim... He's re-covered a couple of Z3's with new leather including his Z3 M... and he knows all the tricks regarding removing and replacing the binnacle.. perhaps send him a PM if you want some tips on restoration.
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Re: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

Post by bertiejaffa » Wed 22 Jun, 2016 20:17

('_')Z3 wrote:http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... t=zedcarer

The leather does tend to dry out over time and peel away as you have described. The link above should tell you everything you need to know, it's a reasonably big job that a lot of people have done more regularly for various reasons. Zedcarer was one of the first to remove the dash to enable the re-sticking of the leather. The steering wheel is described too but as you've said disconnect the battery to avoid the airbag light and the possibility of it discharging in your face as you remove it!!
I seem to remember that there was a subsequent post to this somewhere which described how he then re-stretched the leather to fix it back down again but I can't find it for the life of me :head: Anyone know where it is?

Southernboy wrote:Bertijaffa aka Lee - is a serious "pro" when it comes to the leather dash trim... He's re-covered a couple of Z3's with new leather including his Z3 M... and he knows all the tricks regarding removing and replacing the binnacle.. perhaps send him a PM if you want some tips on restoration.
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Re: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

Post by Robert T » Wed 22 Jun, 2016 22:08

bertiejaffa wrote:I seem to remember that there was a subsequent post to this somewhere which described how he then re-stretched the leather to fix it back down again but I can't find it for the life of me :head: Anyone know where it is?
Here: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... 6&p=245231

All I did is use advanced search, enter "leather" as the search term and "Zed Carer" as the author - second or third post down lead me to it.

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Re: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

Post by bertiejaffa » Wed 22 Jun, 2016 22:21

Robert T wrote:
bertiejaffa wrote:I seem to remember that there was a subsequent post to this somewhere which described how he then re-stretched the leather to fix it back down again but I can't find it for the life of me :head: Anyone know where it is?
Here: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... 6&p=245231

All I did is use advanced search, enter "leather" as the search term and "Zed Carer" as the author - second or third post down lead me to it.

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Re: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

Post by handsomejackuk » Wed 22 Jun, 2016 22:56

thanks for the replies on this its all a bit new to me this Z3 and i have a few small things that need doing i am in no rush so may put off some until the winter

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Re: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

Post by NZ00Z3 » Sun 26 Jun, 2016 02:46

Here is a link to another write up on fixing the leather.

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showt ... sh-Repairs

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